C-Cubed Comic Book Review: “Painkiller Jane: Heartbreaker”

Hello, my friends.  It’s been a while, but I’m back to give my thoughts upon a singular comic book storyline.  Just like last time, I’ve got some unfinished business to take care of.  Back in November 2021, I made a three-part retrospective covering the independently-made character known as “Painkiller Jane”.  Throughout the various adventures that a handful of publishers have covered during her first quarter-century of existence, she’s joined forces with a vigilante group of young women known as the 22 Brides a couple of times, opposed & then made peace with a crime boss named Don Joe Fonti, confronted a mournful doctor who had to kill people just because he predicted far-more gruesome deaths from them, usurped an underground king, teamed up with various comic book characters in several one-shot stories, tangled with a disturbing family of human traffickers, developed her romantic feelings for someone from the same sex while helping that same female assassin gets some justice as they confronted a dangerous gun trafficking ring, get pushed to her physical limit against a familiar time-displaced robotic fiend from a war-torn future, have a short tale where she stopped an elementary school hold-up while also dealing with a reporter who chastises her crime-fighting methods, protected a young Saudi princess from the hired hitmen of a jealous sibling’s wrath, explored the origin of her friendship with a fellow detective friend, got to the bottom of a bombing scheme that was tied to a close ally, dealt with a complicated kidnapping & blackmail scheme and even teamed up with a golem in order to stop another human trafficking operation.  This time around, we have another singular tale to tell that will take our main anti-heroine overseas for a merciless mission.