Saturday, July 28, 2018

Gasolina #10 Review

Take back the city

Written by: Sean Mackiewicz
Art by: Niko Walter
Colors by: Matt Lopes
Letters by: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image
Publication Date: 25 July 2018

The last issue of this comic saw Randy and Amalia grab the kid with the surprise skill set and head on a jalopy for the south. Now it may have seemed like there were a few loose ends, and this series may have been starting to drift a little, but-but we got a sense of an ending last issue. So this is Gasolina reborn in issue 10. Let's see how we find our friends.

Time jump. Suddenly this issue plonks us down in the middle of a new scenario. Randy and Amalia are at the heart of a movement to take back towns from the Narcos. Los Queridos have their backs to the wall for the first time in this series. The people are fighting back and there is a real rebel alliance type feel to the small band of plucky guerillas who are taking the fight to the Narcos and beating them at their own game of violence. Mackiewicz does a great job of grounding us really quickly in a new context.

In terms of the art, this series has always been pretty great, but the game is upped considerably in this issue. The characters look brilliant, so gracefully drawn, and the settings cinematic in the extreme. South America seems to be the modern-day equivalent of the West, and there is a definite Western look to this story of good and evil tussling in the dusty streets and farms. Wonderful work, but also nice set pieces such as the restaurant scene and the scene where Amalia comes out to see Randy and his friends by the campfire. Extraordinary work by Lopes on the colors is particularly noticeable this issue.

Bits and Pieces

In my review of the last issue, I had felt that this series was in danger of dragging slightly. This issue with the time jump being deployed really freshens things up and injects some of the vitality that existed in the opening issues of the series. The intrigue on the wider story is reignited too and this series is suddenly on fire again. Particularly after the last scene.


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