Review: R!de #1
As a father, you sometimes get sucked into watching shows that your kids love. Even though my daughters are now teenagers, they still are massive fans of Spongebob Squarepants. It was never something I could watch on my own. The one show that they did watch which I did love was Gumball as it contained jokes that everyone could laugh at.
Then there was the anime shows like Naruto and depending on who you talked to, Avatar: The Last Airbender, which my kids loved and I did too. One show which I found exceedingly progressive was El Tigre: The Adventures Of Manny Rivera, where the protagonist was both hero and villain. Which is far more realistic than any of us are willing to admit. In the first issue of R!DE, we find one such protagonist whose life is far too complicated for any one teenager to endure.
We meet Rolando Mayes, a young man who is on a cross country trip with his grandmother and protege, with no destination in mind. As they reach Crystal City, a nearby metropolis, they settle in for the night while Rolando looks to get into some excitement. Meanwhile, his grandmother and protégé practice sword fighting, as his grandmother worries about his whereabouts. Despite Rolando’s pursuit of some fun, his whereabout catches the attention of a demon king and his hoards, looking to capture him. By issue’s end, he eludes their capture for now, but brings the demonic hoard back to where they camped out, setting the stage for a huge battle.
Overall, a fun mashup of Easy Rider and Blue Exorcist, that brings something unique to the genre. The story by Kevin Michael Roberts and Magdalene Visaggio is funny, and entertaining. The art by Roberts is very much Anime inspired and looks great on the page. Altogether, an enjoyable debut which introduces readers to this world and these characters.
Story: Kevin Michael Roberts and Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Kevin Michael Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy