Amigo Comics 2015
Written by El Torres
Illustrated by Guillermo Sanna
Lettered by Malaka Studio
This is some crazy stuff right here. Alex may be crazy but it’s that level of crazy that’s really keeping her the most sane person in the room. This is the kind of horror story that envelops the reader into this supernatural world and doesn’t let go. We all love the idea that there’s a world we can see where things that go bump in the night reside. It’s hard to put into words the things we think we see out of the corner of our eye but Torres does it extremely well.
I love Alex she’s the kind of character that we can really get behind. She’s crazy smart, child prodigy smart, and she alone has the ability to see what’s happening around them. It’s much like a classic horror story where the devil beguiles a girl and she’s got to fight for her life it’s gripping powerful and full of those obstacles in making people around her believe that she knows what she’s doing.
Her new relationship with Doctor T. while promising he’s still a man of science at his core and it’s going to take a heck of a lot more for him to come to terms with what’s happening. Regardless as this issue opens with a session between the two it’s interesting to see and take note of how at times she seems manic and as if her drugs were working and other moments she’s as lucid as can be as if she hadn’t taken any of them. I love the dialogue here it’s utterly amazing in how it’s able to convey so much.
Well when we see Raoul again with multiple doctors in his current state things get a tad more interesting. I mean laying in that bed looking up at the ceiling stoned out of his mind while they discuss his prognoses. That the red here is the only colour we see is really what makes this so darn powerful. Also it lends credence to the story Alex was telling about the feeders.
I have to say i’m a bit surprised by the way the feeders already there weren’t aware of her being in that place. Though when Alex runs from them and they give chase I wasn’t expecting to her and brother be able to pull off what they did. Still with logical explanations aside or given by Doctor T it’s clear that there is still so much here than meets the eye. It’s also incredibly fun to see unfold for us through the illustrations and story.
Now we’re left with questions like how many members of the staff are actually feeders in disguise? How is it that Alex is going to be able to survive all this and wake up those she needs to aid her in her fight? After all the other inmates in the asylum are crazy and if they were to speak of they saw they’d be well anesthetized further right? Though they do make great agents for the chaos to spread. Even more powerful is how much Alex relies upon her brother for guidance and help through all this. What she does when she can’t communicate with him kind of showcases her true mental state.
This story is amazingly well written and explores the boundaries of a world we both perceive and don’t at the same time. It makes us question what we believe in and in the treatment of those deemed different than ourselves. Horror has a new master and that’s El Torres.