Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: The Pro

What if the Watcher gave superpowers to a street prostitute. What if said prostitute was down on her suck,
being duped by her Johns on a regular basis, with a kid to raise and a rent to pay. And what if (almost) everyone in the world was a pervert? Ever asked this questions?

You did? Hum... Well then wonder no more. Garth Ennis and the friends set out to answer those life changing questions.

How is it?

The Pro feels like an Adult Swim cartoon. Its short, right to the point and disturbingly funny. There is sexual content and violence from start to finish. Top that with some very foul language and you have a funny book not at all suitable for younglings and sensible hearts.

Its a hard life
It all starts when this Universe's Watcher decides to share a bit of his cosmic soul with a common prostitute in order to prove a point and win a bet. So in the next day our heroine wakes up with Power Girl like powers. She even gets  Power Girl like costume later on.

Soon after the League of Honor (Justice League analog) asks her to join their ranks. Reluctantly she does it but she doesn't really fit in. After all she does come from a very different world. This difference is very well explored by Ennis and is the root for many humorous moments and the main driver for the story.

The story is a bit predictable, but then again depth and meaning is not really the goal of The Pro. Instead you have a fun(ny) book filled with sexual content, violence and foul language. Before the end she will get her revenge on an evil John, open up the world of The Saint (Superman analog) and teach some bad guys who's the boss.

Art wise Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Paul Mounts don't disappoint. While sometimes some backgrounds are a bit plain and some expressions could be more elaborated, this a nice looking book. I particularly love the main character's design. She really is the star of the story. The way she is drawn and her expressions really add something to the reading experience.

League of Honor


I'm not a big fan of Ennis type of writing, however I found this book very entertaining. Definitely get this. But keep it away from children and easily offended friends or family.

Publisher: Image Comics
Year: 2002
Pages: 58
Authors: Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Mounts

Also available in Portuguese

Publisher: Devil
Year: 2003
Pages: 56

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  1. The Pro is one of the best one-shots I've read in a long time. It's so much fun. But why do you say you're not a big fan of Ennis? If you enjoyed The Pro I'm sure you could also enjoy The Boys.

    1. I've read a few previews of The Boys, but that is to much depravity for me.