Stonebot Comics/Red 5 Comics 2019
Written by Matts
Illustrated by Sergio Monjes
Coloured by Ramón Bunge
Lettered by Altercomics Studio
Machine Girl has been hacked! Inside her mind, her mysterious captors try to teach her a history lesson. Is her father the man she thought she was... or is he something more sinister?
Well I keep telling you all and hopefully it's beginning to sink in that Red 5 is home to some spectacular storytelling. This book is gorgeously illustrated and right there on the cutting of science fiction and it has a timeless, classic feel to it that captures the imagination and the mind of it's readers'. I am a fan of being transported to another world where things have turned out much different than they have here and it is the kind of environment where you can lose yourself so fully in this world you forget it isn't real. It was the same feeling I had when I was seven seeing Star Wars.
The way that this is being told is extremely well done as we see through the sequence of events unfolding as well as how the reader learns information. This feels as if it is so natural, as if Matts were merely documenting the events instead of creating them. What this manages to do is create a world and those who inhabit it come to life in some truly astonishing ways. The character development we see is phenomenal and I adore how the dialogue alongside the way they act and react to the situations and circumstances put before them. The pacing is great and as it takes us through the pages we see the twists and turns come about which help to create the books ebb & flow. The overall way we see the book being structured and how we absorb what we see shows such a great talent for storytelling.
What I have noticed is that a lot of small/indie press books are not only putting out some truly magnificent books but they are gravitating back to the more light and light-hearted books once again. It really is something beautiful to see as we get that sense of hope and of light while still being thrilled by the action and how the story is being layered with intrigue and danger. I wholeheartedly believe that fans are getting tired of all the dark angst, constant events and lack of true vision that permeates the stands primarily from the supposed “Big-Two.” That we have so many wondrous books to choose from I have to say that this should be one that's on your lips and between your fingers.
In my humble opinion the interiors here are stunningly gorgeous. I mean the linework we see is laid down by a strong yet delicate hand and how we see the varying weights being utilised to bring us this level and quality to detail should never go unnoticed. Also how Sergio is able to utilise the backgrounds and make them so incredibly important tot he story and how the work within the composition inside the panels to bring us this depth perception, scale and overall sense of size and scope to the book is stupendous work. The faces, facial expressions and body language work to further the characterisation in ways that words alone cannot do and I can't tell you how beautiful that is for me. How we see the utilisation of the page layouts and the angles and perspective in the panels show such a talented, masterful eye for storytelling is fantastic. Oh my word the colour work here is utterly brilliant to see on the pages. I am impressed with how the various hues and tones within any given colour create the shading, highlights and shadow work. Or how Commander Keetor entered into the room and we see those swirling colours with that gradation effect, I wanted to be there to see that like he does.
This book is beyond fabulous and how it's being told easily makes this one that will make anyone's best of list. The depth of the layering, the wide array of characters and personalities that we see here make for some of the finest reading around.