Amigo Comics 2018
Written by El Torres
Illustrated by Jordi Armengol
Coloured by Veronica R. Lopez
Colour Separations by Nuno Rodrigues & Ricardo Rodrigues
Lettered by Monkey Typers
After a long journey, BRAM the barbarian and the sultry WEASEL are back in the mighty city of GERADA with a strange souvenir: THE EYE OF BYATIS, which they are trying to sell before it rots. Or before the gate of the doom it opened… THE GREAT OLD ONES!
I don’t know what it is exactly about this that makes it something I love reading but I do know that El Torres has a way with words and the ability to write a damn well gripping story with the best characterisation around. Granted this is a Dungeons & Dragons style story but it has so much more to it than that. The friendship these two have with one another and how that is portrayed takes the book to a whole different level. Add into the mix the most outrageous misfortune and luck to cross their paths and you’ve got one of if not the most entertaining series around.
The way that these are told so that each one flows into the next and yet each one is completely new reader friendly. The structure of the book is amazing and seeing how it flows as information is gained by the characters involved and the reader the way it is shows off just how talented El Torres is. Plus he manages to bring the horror aspect that so many people like with what this story appears to be focusing on is fantastic. I mean if you are a fan of Cthulhu or just the old gods monster mythos than you really should be reading this too. I mean hell fantasy, adventure and horror all rolled up into one story is something that needs to be read by all.
The introduction of new characters is always welcome and more so when they aren’t out to kill our pair of intrepid adventurers. The narrator for this story for example is recanting the tale of how Bram and Weasel came into his life and changed the world forever. Of course this story has the introduction of both types of people into their lives but it has to be that way or they wouldn’t be in the position they are in otherwise and well then there wouldn’t be a story.
The interiors here are like a dream come true. Jordi lays down some absolutely amazing work for the rest to work with. The way that the varying weights of the linework are used to create this sensational attention to detail makes me so very happy. And it isn’t just on the characters either the way that backgrounds are utilised and the attention given to them as well really creates the rooms, the moment, the place where they are seem more real. Then there is the utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels which show off such an eye for storytelling and you can’t help but think wow. Add to this the imagination and creativity on display and how the linework brings these things to life and I doubt you’ll find anything to complain about.
The pacing of the story, the use of then and now and how integral it is to how we learn things is so well done. I hear so much chatter out there about how the “Big 2” are making fans upset well my advice is to start looking at books from companies like Amigo Comics. This is home to some of the most well told stories that you’ll find on stands today. El Torres and company have here one of the absolute best books you aren’t reading.