Review: Onion Skin
What is it about food which everyone can understand? Flavors travel around the world and make many of us food snobs. This of course even includes those of us who consider ourselves foodies. We have a certain standard which we can harken to as what is considered “good food”.
This is of course driven by that particular person’s exposure to other foods and where have they traveled to. Someone’s taste palette opens them up to more than food, actually to a world of possibilities. This when you realize there is more to life than what you grew up with. In Edgar Camacho’s Onion Skin, we get a tale of food and love which opens our protagonists to wonderful surprises.
We are taken to the deserts of Mexico, where the owners of Dawg Burger, driven by our protagonists, Rolando, and a woman he just met, Nera, are being chased by a biker gang. We learn the back-story of Rolando, who has just been fired shortly after having an accident at work and drowns him in distractions in the form of junk food and video games. His friends pull him out of the house so he doesn’t become a shut-in, which is when he meets Nera, at a local bar, where they came to see the same band, and created their own “meet cute”, developing into scenes reminiscent of the Before trilogy movies but with alcohol and convenience store food. This would eventually lead them to buy a food truck, selling burgers, and travel the country while doing so, but not before meeting the Hellpigs, the same gangs who have been chasing them, who we find out is actually a rival food truck. By the books’ end, Rolando and Nera find each other through their travels and love of food.
Overall, Onion Skin is a great book that shows sometimes people are more than what you see, you just have to take the time to get to know them. The story by Camacho is uproarious and heartfelt. The art by Camacho is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent collection by Camacho which shows his range as a storyteller.
Story: Edgar Camacho Art: Edgar Camacho
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review