Amigo Comics 2018
Written by Massimo Rossi
Illustrated by Eduardo Mello
Coloured by Anelli
Lettered by Monkey Typers
After The Plague, humanity was forced to regenerate itself, replacing the bodies with sophisticated machines. The new technology that saved humans from extinction seems to have nothing against their innate cruelty. Tony is one of the left humans that still enjoy feeling the simple pleasures of life... but everything goes to hell when his companion dies and his daughter is abducted.
I really enjoyed this first issue. I love that we start off with everyone already having been replaced, well their bodies are cybernetic but their brains are the original organic brains they had before. We don’t need a lengthy backstory about how it all happened, or why and all that jazz it just is and that’s how I like to see this start off. Massimo really does do an amazing job here with how he opens the book and the overall structure of the story throughout.
The opening is weird and interesting so that it grabs the readers attention draws them and makes them want to see more. It is nicely done and I will say that while I have no idea what’s going on it is just that which makes me want to continue. This kind of build up where you see an aftermath of some kind and a man who is tinkering with him well it it piques the curiosity in just the right way. Plus there is the two-page spread that just screams for more explanation.
After the opening we go back and this will lead us through to the opening sequence. Okay colour me intrigued even more as the main characters in this right here are Tony and Luke, a gay married couple raising a daughter. I think I adore the fact that the first time we see them together the dialogue is priceless. This is the kind of dialogue that we see in couples who have been together a while and love each other to the point of totally honestly. They are adorable! From there as the story unfolds it has a really great ebb & flow to it that even with the whole premise of mankind having traded in their bodies for cybernetics it just feels like this could anywhere at anytime and that’s such an achievement.
Eduardo sigh he’s such an amazing artiste. It’s nice to see that this European artiste is now getting a chance for American audiences to really see what he’s capable of. The linework here is fantastic and the bold work balances out the delicate lines beautifully. That he’s able to bring backgrounds to expand not only the size and scope of the story but to just fill up the pages so it feels like were in the office or home with the characters. The level of work being done here turns a story from ordinary to amazing. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a stellar eye for storytelling. Also I love that the colours can be bold and in your face or as subtle and muted depending on what is happening. The way this is brought to life is stunning in it’s simplicity and complexity.
Alright so after the events that will forever change Tony’s life occur we get to meet Detective Arnhem who is going to work in finding out what happened to Tony’s daughter Skye. I love that there are clues throughout the book in the most usual and unusual of places. It all goes with the story and plot advancement and it’s pretty spectacular to see alongside the way the characterisation is used to bring the characters to life.
This is a stellar example of why I love European creators they have a different take and way of working that is something we rarely see. This is one of those series that you need to do yourself a favour and read it’s already an A-List book.