American Mythology Productions 2020
Written by Jean-Marie Nadaud
Illustrated by Carlo Marcello
Zorro Created by Johnston McCulley
Step into the golden age of Zorro comics with a nostalgic return to these classic swashbuckling adventure tales! Zorro Timeless Tales unlocks the vault of stories originally published in France by the amazing creative team of Nadaud and Carlo Marcello. The art perfectly captures the magic of Zorro's charisma and charm with incredible artistry. These are the tales that made Zorro a household name across the globe beautifully presented to a new generation of readers!
I think every single person, especially those that read comics, should be reading this book. Not just because it’s freakin amazing but because to really appreciate the stories being told today you should be familiar with the stories of the past that paved the way. While Zorro may have lost its lustre over the years he’s still been around for 100 years and I think folks should see why this man has such staying power. Also I want you to marvel at the writing, the dialogue and the way that the interiors are done because I’ll be hornswoggled if they aren’t still some of the greatest there are.
I love the way that these stories are being told. Just to be clear there are three stories in this book. The way that we see the story & plot development through the way we see the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented impeccably. To see these stories happen and unfold before us in this kind of real time way is how the story should be told. The character development is simply amazing. The dialogue, the way we see the characters interact with each other and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances they face tells us a lot about them. The pacing is superb and how it takes us through the pages revealing the story not only showcases how well the book and it’s stories are structured but how it all works together to create the story’s ebb & flow.
I think one of the longest running gags is that El Capitan is corrupt and has this thing for Zorro and wants his head. All because Zorro robs from him and gives it all to the people of Los Angeles well not all but he cannot beat Zorro regardless of his boasts and his desire. Also the Governor who is also as corrupt as El Capitan but then again back then it isn’t all that surprising.
The interiors here are just masterpiece page after another. The linework is sensational and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this attention to detail that we see is astonishing. I mean the work in the Governor’s collar or in the guards uniforms is so well conceived and executed. More often than not we see backgrounds being utilised and they do so much more than enhance the moments. They are essential parts of the story as Zorro makes an escape or surprises someone. They bring us this great depth perception, sense of scale and this overall sense of size and scope to the book. The colours are gorgeous and they haven’t been remastered as far as I know so to see the gradation being utilised throughout is really something special in my opinion. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show such a masters eye for storytelling.
Thank goodness the folks at American Mythology have had the foresight to release these stories once again. We should never forget the past and we should find ways to honour it instead. A good start is to be reading this and books like it and marvel at how far we have come and yet how much has remained the same.