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Review: Kato Origins #3

Kato's got a surprising amount of depth...

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Kato goes undercover to find a Nazi spy cell's bomb, but his head may too clouded with visions of romance for him to properly get the job done. 

The Good   

Nitz actually invests Kato with a surprising amount of depth. His love letters might have run a little too long and flowery in other circumstances, but here they paint a picture of a nigh-superhuman warrior monk who's as helpless in the face of love as any guy is.  The historical context and place were also set quite well, given us a masked adventurer who's keenly aware of the world troubles of his time and his own divided alliance between his birth-land and his adopted home. Worley's art also goes a long way to add to this setting's verisimilitude, infusing everything with a grimy grit that puts this in reality while still having enough flair to make it exciting. 

The Bad   

Honestly, the trick Kato pulls on the Nazi spies was too thin for me to buy. He goes on a whole monologue about how sharp and highly-trained these saboteurs are supposed to be, and they're foiled by not looking an inch past the train's ledge? Kato might be small and stealthy, but he can't go completely flat. 

The Verdict - 4/5  

I continue to be impressed by how Dynamite's been able to make all of these older pulp characters relevant to modern tastes. Honestly, an entire comic about Kato interested me about as much as an entire comic about Tonto, at first, but the execution in this comic really won me over. All of these books have a classiness to their storytelling that reminds everybody why these characters have endured as long as they have.