Codename Baboushka, Volume 1: The Conclave of Death is another of those small titles that will win critical acclaim but unfortunately not many readers. A terrifically written and intriguing series with a main character that doesn’t fit the normal mold of comic book characters. Baboushka may miss its mark in much the same way that the Black Widow of Marvel fame often does.
The heiress Contessa Annika Malikova has been a staple of Manhattan high society for years, but beneath her facade is a secret that would shock all of her affluent friends. The heiress is actually the international criminal known as “Baboushka”. At one time the leader of a vicious Russian gang, she now lives in anonymity, behind the lied that is Contessa Annika Malikova.
But that all ends as a faction of the US Government has uncovered her identity and Baboushka is given a choice. Work for the government or be handed over to her enemies! The mission is simple, infiltrate a secret conclave of global crime lords and retrieve their secret information. Only the conclave is meeting on a cruise liner and to make matters even more interesting, the ship is about to fall into the hands of pirates!
Baboushka is a fun and exciting tale of criminals and spies and betrayal. There is no honor among thieves and even less when you are dealing with the government. The character is terrific, a cross between Lara Croft and James Bond, but there is no loyalty to king and country here; Baboushka is looking out for herself.
The sexy Russian spy has been used quite a bit lately, Red One and of course, Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. Baboushka is different as there are no super powers here or gadgets. This Russian spy gets by on her killer instincts and her cleverness. Which makes this book very entertaining. The artwork is very good and surprisingly they do not go out of their way to show off the man characters sexuality as is the normal selling point in most female driven comics. No in Baboushka they dare to actually make her beautiful and smart.
A good tale worth following.