American Mythology Productions 2019
Written by Mike Wolfer
Illustrated by Mauricio Melo
Coloured by Bruna Costa & Emmanuel Ordaz Torres
Lettered by Natalie Jane
The legendary hero, Zorro must face something more terrifying than even the living dead - demonic possession of the innocent! Something evil has festered into the soil itself of a newly constructed canyon community as a wave of demons turn simple farming folk into bloodthirsty vile fiends. Zorro must find a way to end the corruption and send these foul spirits back to the netherworld. Can even the incredible swordsman stand against the blackest of supernatural forces, when that entity has the power to infest the holiest of sites, the mission church itself? Join us for a new brand of horror/adventure that pits a legendary hero against supernatural threats and horrors!
I love my Zorro, I have since I was a kid it was fun to use sticks we found in the woods to use as swords and pretend we knew what we were doing. Also it didn’t hurt that my father used to put the old radio show collections on tape in the car when we went on long trips. I grew up surrounded by The Shadow, The Phantom and Zorro not mention the reruns of the 60’s Batman. So for me what American Mythology has been doing with the character has been both a deviation from what I expect and has the exact right tone and feel of Don Deigo De La Vega and his alter ego. So I expect a lot and these folks deliver on that expectation in spades.
I like the way this book starts off it’s a quickie in regards to seeing the troubles that travelling the road brings what with all the Highwaymen that could be encountered. I love the terminology of days gone by, I man Highwaymen it just sounds cool even if they are robbing folks along the road. What it does is set the tone for the book, in this case it tells us who is inside the carriage and that the masked man known as Zorro will be needed in these parts. Also it makes me want to see and know more. The entire issue is structured nicely and the characterisation is spot on when you meet some of these and your instant dislike of them.
The interiors here are very nice to see. I love Mauricio’s linework and how it’s utilised alongside the colouring to really bring the facial features to life. Also the clothing oy vey I want that suit in that blue with that gold filigree style strip on the lapel and up the leg. He and James West have the best damn suits. Also the opulence of what we see inside this Asistencia sums up everything I think of when I think of the Church. It’s rendered beautifully and the colours and the way the walls are lined and such all of it is gorgeous but not appropriate for a monastery type place. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off a great eye for storytelling.
The whole book flows extremely well as the story & plot development with it’s pacing and this amazing characterisation do wonders in keeping us glued to the page and wondering where this is heading. We’re give a few directions that could be addressed and at least on man you want to see get his just due but all the direction and misdirection that leads up this ending is sensationally well done. I like the unexpectedness of what these folks keep bringing into Zorro’s life. Gone are the days of simple Highwaymen and that idiota Captain Ramon as the bane of his existence. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for him, won’t you come along for the ride it’s bound to be another thrilling adventure!