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Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #4 Review


It's the end of the road for Jane. Literally. Find out how the story ends. It may or may not have a happy ending.

The Good

What could be better than reading a comic where a creator can cut loose and do whatever they want with the character. There's no denying that Jimmy Palmiotti has been pulling out all the stops in this latest Painkiller Jane miniseries.

With this being the final issue in a four-issue miniseries, we get some closure and answers. Palmiotti has more coming from this world but it's nice to be able to read and focus on a story with a beginning, middle and end. Do things work out nicely for everyone? Obviously you'll have to read the series for yourself to find out. If you've read any Painkiller Jane stories before or any of Palmiotti's work, you'll want to check this out. Palmiotti has quite the range in his storytelling ability and it's always great to see what he'll do each time.

You get the sense that Juan Santacruz dives right in and cuts loose with the art. Let's be clear, this isn't a comic for the kids. There's plenty of violence, profanity and, at times, nudity.

Anytime Amanda Conner does a cover, it goes without saying it's amazing.

The Bad

As it's meant to be, there are some times it feels a little too over the top. There's a scene that takes place in a fast-moving car. Right away I noticed there weren't any seatbelts. There was another moment when Jane was seemingly unconscious underwater. She came too and then tried to swim to the surface. She may have healing powers but does that allow her to hold her breath while knocked out?

The Verdict

It's the end of the miniseries. Who will survive? With the way this series has gone and with Jimmy Palmiotti writing, you never know what will happen next. It's been a crazy adventure with non-stop action and violence. This is the stuff you don't find in your regular comic book. It's been great seeing the return of Painkiller Jane. Check this out to see what Palmiotti is doing when he's not writing about regular superheroes.