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Explosively funny, hauntingly sad.,
This review is from: Street Angel: The Princess Of Poverty, Volume 1 (Paperback)
Jesse Sanchez lives on the streets. She's dirty, hungry, doesn't smell very good, and can rarely afford the luxury of going to school. She's a skinny little 13-year-old in a dire situation -- but if ninjas, time-traveling pirates or Satanic supervillains threaten the safety of the world, she's your last best hope.
Alternately hilarious and poignant, Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg's "Street Angel" lures you in with superlative kung-fu ass-kickery and an absolutely riotous sense of humor. Issue 2, in which Jesse must deal with slightly confused conquistadors, an Irish astronaut who talks like an Australian ("the world's friendliest language") and a pimped-out Aztec god, may be the funniest thing I read in 2004. But the stories can turn startlingly dark on a dime, and underneath the explosions and derring-do, the unvarnished sadness of Jesse's life gnaws at you. It's a strange and compelling mix, making "Street Angel" one of the best and brightest comics debuts in quite some time.