Friday, September 29, 2017

Gasolina #1 Review

Fill Her Up

Written by: Sean Mackiewicz
Art by: Niko Walter and Mat Lopes
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017
Publisher: Image
Review by: Andrew McAvoy

The opening few pages of Gasolina reel you in with the beauty of Niko Walter's art and Mat Lopes' colors. All sun-kissed pastels showing warm Mexican sugar cane fields in soft yellows and oranges. Beautiful to look at. 

The story too grasps you almost immediately. The cause of much later pain, alien bugs that seem to infect people and reemerge in a Xenomorph fashion from the inside out, almost bypass you with their first appearance, as the two central characters Amalia and Randy simply remark on the size of one of the bugs and then go about their business. 

It's not long though before DIY medical care is having to be deployed as presumed victims of these bugs start turning up in the farm house off the sugar cane fields. Soon the pastel colors are splashed with dirty red. Then the story and the art gets rapidly darker and as night falls we are looking at two characters discussing the abduction of children by the Mexican drug cartels. 

Amalia and Randy are seemingly called upon because of their dark history to rescue a neighboring child that has went missing, and its not long before we get an insight into the social environment of the comic through the hunt for the child. We see jaded cops and dirty Narcos, before the child is returned. 

There is a pervasive sense of mystery to the book, and we are really only given a taster here for the story that will unfold. Nevertheless it is intriguing and it leaves you wanting more. 

Bits and Pieces:

It's a hard premise to describe, but lets just say if you like the sound of a book that is a mixture of Narcos, Breaking Bad, and the Walking Dead with a little bit of Alien on the side then you've come to the right place. 


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