Review: Blood Brothers #2
Writer: Fabian Rangel Jnr.
Art and Colours: Javier Caba
Letters: Ryan Ferrier
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Blood Brothers #1, I forgive you. I really do! We may not all be looking for a series that seamlessly blends sixties monster flicks and niche Mexican wrestling references together in a series that looks set to become a stand-out title in Dynamite’s already stand-out roster. But will issue #2 carry the flag, or was the inaugural offering a flash in the pan?
In the last issue, our favourite luchador and his sibling detective were about to meet a hairy end whilst on the hunt for the cursed skull. In the second chapter of Hermanos de Sangre, the Soliz brothers pick up where they left off and enter the fray against a pack of werewolf smugglers. This all comes before a sale for magic items where the brothers find themselves having to deal with an angry crowd of every kind of mutant and creature imaginable, as well as the demon luchador, El Demonio! While Diego tries to find out who purchased the cursed Aztec skull, Gabe shows off some impressive wrestling skills but is in for the match of his life, and yes, we should all be expecting some exceptional, and authentic moves.
Art wise, this is great fun; dynamic strokes, action all the way and cartoonish capers aplenty. The best feature, for me, has to be the expressions on pretty much all faces. You might be forgiven for thinking that werewolves, for example, have only one facial setting: hangry (hunger induced anger), when in fact Caba has made these little, furry fellows bursting with emotions and gestures. It’s pretty smart art! The colouring too is considered with a duller palate allowing the audience to experience the stand-out bursts of power or plasma in much more technicolour. The colouring also compliments the noirish setting and theme that has run through the series so far. The lettering is varied and flexible in approach with El Demonica offered oversized letters and appropriately shaped bubbles, keeping the whole look energetic and puts a smile on the face.
As an adult, this is exactly the kind of comic that reminds me why I read comics. It also reminds me of my childhood, and hiding under the bedsheets with a torch whilst reading monster books…or have I imagined I did that? Maybe this is a book that makes you feel like you hid under the sheets because you never read books like this when you were a child. And on that note, I’m signing off. Please do yourself a favour and read this series. It’s a corker.
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