Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1

8.6 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Interesting Storyline | Espionage Action

Confusing Characters

Codename Baboushka: Conclave of Death #1

(A) Shari Chankhamma, (W) Antony Johnston

Image Comics


Codename Baboushka is a thrilling espionage tale about the intriguing and mysterious Contessa, seemingly just a Russian beauty, but also a deadly assassin. It is written by the extremely talented Antony Johnston, an award-winning author who has done extensive work on all types of media, including the video games Shadow of Mordor and Dead Space and the comic series Wasteland. Baboushka is an exciting opening to a new series, and although there are a few flaws, it proves to entertain readers.

The issue starts off in a lavish mansion in South America with a macabre monologue talking about assassinating Goran Sablic, a notorious black market gun-runner. The maid, who happens to be Contessa, is in disguise and kills Sablic at his own dinner table. Before she is able to make her escape, she is caught and then the story flashbacks to 3 weeks prior. Contessa is having dinner at an upscale restaurant in New York when she is approached by two burly men in black suits. After a bit of a scuffle, she agrees to talk to their boss, Clay. Clay informs Contessa that he knows who she really is, the infamous Russian assassin known as “Baboushka”, and threatens to deport her back to Russia if she doesn’t agree to follow his orders.

Baboushka really delivers with the espionage stealth vibes and Bond-style action, but it’s character development that gets just a tad confusing. Contessa’s monologue in the beginning was very dark and grim, but when she gets into a fighting sequence she spouts juvenile jabs that just come off as immature. The artwork is satisfying, with extravagant settings but a lack of popping colors. The storyline is very interesting and promises a lot of spy thrills and covert mission sequences, but readers will probably start wondering which kind of personality Contessa has and be confused if they see too many contradictory behaviors. In the end, Baboushka is a must for espionage fans!



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