Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Cecil Gastellucci, art by Marley Zarcone and Ande Parks, colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by Saida Temofonte.

After really enjoying issue #9, I found this one less satisfying. Shade is on a road trip in search of “Honey,” the actress who portrayed a TV housewife in a comedy series of the 1950s, along the lines of “I Love Lucy,” but taking place in an atomic bomb research center in the desert southwest (Los Alamos?). Shade finds the house in the TV show, but of course Honey herself never really lived there. She visits the site of the first atomic bomb test, too. Back on Meta, evil scientists are still trying to track her location on Earth through her friend Lepuck, and sending agents to try to retrieve the Madness Coat she stole. Some of her friends are also trying to track her through the series of “madness events” she seems to be creating on her travels. The latest happens in this issue in a bar near the atomic test site. In the “Life With Honey” backup with art by Leila Del Duca, Honey learns how to “Duck and Cover,” and performs a song about it at the Officer’s Club.

Somehow the fresh feel of last issue has dissipated into more of the same elements from the previous storyline, and the many narratives make for a fragmented issue with lots of odd behavior by everyone. My favorite part was the backup this time.

Mildly recommended.

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