Guardian Knight Comics 2015
Created by Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente
Written by Austin Rogers & Wes Hartman
Illustrated by Harvey Tolibao
Lettered by Joshua Cozine
Coloured by Kevin Tolibao, Gabriel Santos & Kevin Anthony De Castro
I’m totally digging this book! We open with the rat/human hybrid going back to it’s creator who happens to be this sick, twisted female scientist and she’s uber creepy. I mean she basically french kisses the thing to make it feel better. It’s disturbing on so many levels and yet infinitely fascinating at the same time.
Actually i’m really very impressed with the writing here. The way the story flows is fantastic and with Harvey’s interiors this is some of the brightest new work to come out lately. I mean we go from creepy as all get out to some great old fashioned police/war kind of action seamlessly. Veronica has taken the dude in the suit to a doctor and as that plays out you begin to see that she’s really in way over her head here. Though to be honest the way the suit works on him is remarkable, not only does it apparently give him enhanced strength and all that jazz but remarkable healing ability as well.
When the Doc wants to know what the men in armour were wearing and recognizes them things quickly take another turn. Now all of this really has me intrigued as to what these guys are a part of. Sure things at the scene that Veronica left are a mess and Gale wants a squad to go chasing the armour dude but it’s really the Doc’s reaction to these guys that gets me excited. It’s this incredibly good, tight writing that leads Gale and his new team to the Doc’s and more secrets are revealed but not enough.
Dr. Collins knows Ron Gale and this whole thing that goes down between them just screams out for more attention but we’ll never get the answers from either regarding their history now. As things play out and Gale confronts Veronica the dude in the suit comes to and suddenly there’s a great fighting action sequence unfolding for us. I like that Veronica thinks she’s got some modicum of control over these events even though it’s abundantly clear she doesn’t but that kind of illusion is important for someone desperate to elevate their station in life.
Harvey really is doing some of the best work of his career here. Alongside the colourists they really make this series come alive in such dynamic ways. The attention to detail, page layouts and the vibrant colours all conspire to really grab the reader’s interest and keep it glued to the pages.
Aside from the whole action/adventure thing going on it’s really the last page that leaves you with the most WTF moment. Suddenly nothing is what it seems and there’s a whole new slew of questions that need answering. I had thought that this was some kind of hybrid world after a major apocalyptic event and in a sense I was right just not in the way I was imagining it. That alone impresses me since what I’ve thought is wrong and if they can keep that up then i’ll forgo the speculation and let the surprises continue to roll.
I love small/indie press and this really is a shining example of what creators can do when left to their own devices.