Jamie S. Rich and George Kambadais' "The Double Life of Miranda Turner" #2, is charming and fun, with bright cartoony visuals that pop with boundless energy.
The titular Miranda Turner -- actress and superhero "The Cat" -- with her dead former superhero sister Lindy acting as a ghost sidekick and guide to crimefighting, is in a bit over her head with the whole "superhero thing." But she has the witty banter down pat, and her methods -- though unconventional -- get the job done. In this issue, Miranda's worlds have collided as her superhero persona is needed when things start going horribly wrong on the set of her play.
Rich has some fun characters on hand, and the dialogue between Miranda and Lindy is especially fun, with Linda playing the straight man (for the most part) to Miranda's more freewheeling persona. Rich has set up an obvious villain in stylist/make-up artist Moon, but the way he's written is so delicious that it's not a bad thing to know where the story is going. The way that Moon takes his revenge on people that treat him poorly -- by visiting awful and appropriate fates on them -- is terribly enjoyable.
Kambadais's interpretation of the villainous Moon is awesome. In all seriousness, Moon is one of the most expressive and enjoyable characters I've encountered in a while. He's maybe half a step away from malevolently twirling his moustache and cackling, and yet the acting is also subtly hilarious. While the entire book is lovely and fun, full of illustrations that pop, and strong storytelling, Moon's character trumps them all. I'd read a whole book called "Moon: Stylist!" if Rich and Kambadais could deliver that phenomenal acting and scenery chewing character in consistent glory.
There is a small story problem with this issue, which is either a coloring mistake or a storytelling mistake. A big deal is made early on about the "ghost make-up" the actors are wearing having come off and needing to be fixed. The director then gets fed up and gives everyone ten to "get it together." Miranda, who is also in the ghost make-up, promptly takes her break and is immediately without her make-up. It makes no sense that she would take it off except for story convenience (if she kept it on it would give away her secret superhero identity.) On the whole it's just a small error, and not one that ruins the fun of the book, but it's frustrating to find an inconsistency like that and it's the kind of thing I feel obligated to mention in a review, even if it didn't diminish my overall affection for the book.
On the whole, "The Double Life of Miranda Turner" is full of charm and enthusiasm. It's easy to jump into and has an energy and free-wheeling sense of adventure that's hugely enjoyable.