(Ollie Masters / Ming Doyle; Vertigo Comics)
Three issues into The Kitchen, and it is evident that Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s collaboration isn’t going to be a game-changing story. It’s not going to blow readers away with mind-bending concepts or provide a layered deconstruction of the comics’ medium. What it does do is tell a solid mob story in grimy backdrop of 1970s Hells’ Kitchen – and it does this very well.
The plot threads that Masters has seeded in the first two issues begin to come to fruition in this third chapter without telegraphing what will unfold in the remaining five issues. What is for certain is that, if this issue is any indication, the story will look fantastic as it unfolds. Ming Doyle has done a phenomenal job capturing the aesthetic of New York in the 1970s, complete with the city’s more unsavory establishments. Further adding to the look of the book are the cool grays, vibrant neon lights, and dingy browns by the incomparable Jordie Bellaire.
The Kitchen has undergone a significant transformation from their place in the first issue. Kath and her team of ladies have gone from simply maintaining their jailed husbands’ operation to commanding respect from not only the neighborhood, but other organizations within the city as well. One particular interaction between Raven and a member of the Queens-based Gargano Family, hinting that the events of the past issues may catch up to the protagonists.
Note: This review was originally published at Comicsbulletin.com