In the week leading up to the 2017 Will Eisner Awards voting deadline this Friday, the Comics Beat will feature a series of “For Your Consideration” posts highlighting a number of the nominees as a celebration of their well-deserved acknowledgement. We’ll feature some never-before-seen behind the scenes content and some of the books’ gorgeous interiors. We encourage all of our readers to check these titles out and all of the eligible comics industry members to vote for the titles they think best exemplify what make comics great.
In a year when themes of identity and queerness took center stage in the comics world, Best Limited Series nominee KIM & KIM, by Mags Vissagio, Ever Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre was exhibit A for representation. Kim Q and Kim D are two intergalactic bounty hunters, They are also two broke girls who just want to have fun, while their lack of money makes this a problem. Fill in your “x meets y” description here – Jem & The Holograms meets Blade Runner or Two Broke Girls in Space. That Kim Q is trans and Kim D is bi doesn’t make this a political treatise – just a meaningful background for two people we come to care about.
Writer Visaggio has created two endearing characters and artist Cabrera brings their wacky world to life. Along the way there are moments of self doubt that we can all relate to mixed with action, jokes, double crosses and the usual stuff that makes a comic book FUN. Not only is KIM & KIM another groundbreaking book from the highly underrated Black Mask, it’s a reminder that what comics do best is make us laugh, make us think and make us enjoy a good yarn – all at the same time.
KIM & KIM
writer: Magdalene Visaggio
artist: Eva Cabrera
colorist: Claudia Aguirre
covers: Tess Fowler w/ Kiki Jenkins, Devaki Neogi
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.