Stonebot Comics/Red5 Comics 2020
By Salvador Sanz
Translation by Dario Timarchi
Lettered by Altercomics Studio
Angela has been captured by the Flud family who want the secret of her abilities, but Angela has a secret of her own and the world is not ready for it.
This is one of the most intriguing, interesting and beautifully done books. Salvador’s work is really hard to explain or put accurately into words and instead it really does need to be seen, experienced and seen for oneself. Still I shall try to convey my happiness and the reasons why I believe in this as much as I do. The idea here that brought this to life was mind blowing in its scope and how it was revealed was absolutely amazing. After the first arc ended I wasn’t quite sure how the second arc would go and now that it’s here I am both thrilled and terrified by what is happening.
The way that this is being told is really rather quite brilliant. How we see the story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is laid down perfectly. How the story unfolds and how we see the continuation is beautifully done and if you have never read the first arc that’s okay it’s easy to follow this making it new reader friendly. The character development we see here is extraordinary to see and as the conversations and dialogue we see really shows some great personalities. The way we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances is so telling of who they are and it’s delightful to see this play out. The pacing is spectacular and as it takes us through the pages setting up the story it is easy to see how well everything works together in creating the story’s ebb & flow.
With the way that this is structured and how we see the layers within taking our minds in different directions, see-how it engages us, is marvellous. I mean there are these little digs and small moments where it almost feels like they are testing the waters with each other and it’s utterly fantastic to see. Just the way Salvador approaches the story and how he’s able to execute it really is something special and that we don’t see every day.
The interior artwork is simply exquisite to see. The fact that Angela’s body is shown as a woman who’s recently given birth is beyond amazing. The linework is strong and shows how to utilise the varying weights and techniques beautifully. How we see backgrounds being utilised and the style in which we see them come alive is extremely beautiful to behold. How we see depth perception, that sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book is really remarkable. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this amazingly talented eye for storytelling. The way we see the detail work and how we see the imagery to open up the book it’s just enticing and inviting you into the book. The colour work is gorgeous and how we see the various hues and tones within the colours utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is absolutely perfectly rendered.
New readers and old fans alike are to thrill and marvel at this story. From the technology we see to the near future setting with the state of the world as it’s shown this takes the science fiction genre into such a direction that feels classic in it’s scope. This is European comics making at it’s finest and it showcases why I absolutely adore how this is being done.