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Review: El Peso Hero #2

One of the most underrated shows of all time, in my humble opinion, and probably one of the best shows to come from Showtime, is Weeds. It started off as a show about a newly widowed single mother in the suburbs trying to figure out a way to survive and raise her two sons. The show evolved to more than hat, as it challenged what society thought of gender roles and how much America had misunderstood the war on drugs until then. Eventually, the main character would deal, with Mexican cartels, and just how powerful they were.

They also got into money laundering and exactly how they hid the money and how they distributed the drugs. They also delved into exactly how the cartels got the drugs between both countries, and what has famously been made light of on the news because of El Chapo, the underground tunnels. This had a whole story arc within one of its penultimate seasons, and showed audiences how big these networks are. In the second issue of El Peso Hero, our hero stops some traffickers form traveling across to America.

Shortly after, he is recruited by his cousin to stop a large shipment of weapons by one of the drug lords. Little does he know it is a trap to lure him to in the open by Don Catrin, which ends in disaster. El Peso Hero, makes it his mission to find out who is responsible for the casualties. The issue ends with a fire fight on a crowded bridge between Don Catrin’s men and the police, which ends in a casualty of someone close to El Peso Hero.

Overall, an engaging second issue which takes the reader right in the middle of the action. The story by Hector Rodriguez continues to surprise, and steps up his game over the first issue. The art by Guillermo Villareal still resonates with the reader, leaving their eyes dazzled. Altogether, an excellent issue which pushes this narrative forward and sets up what look to be a major battle.

Story: Hector Rodriguez III Art: Guillermo Villareal
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: El Peso Hero #1

Mexico and its war on crime has been a sore subject for many years now and has come back into the spotlight because of the presidential election.  What many people don’t understand about the drug trade, that it is not one sided, in fact, there is many sides that most people, especially politicians do not understand. In addition, there is a cost to be paid in blood most of the time. This a hard lesson that is being learned in the Philippines right now, as the body count has risen to an all-time high there, as the President is determined to stamp out shabu, a low-cost version of amphetamines.

The complex narrative has rarely been told in the varied narratives that it deserves. The show, Kingpin, came pretty close showing it from, the drug cartel’s, DEA’s and politician’s point of views Another show that has come close, is the current running Queen Of the South, which gets into just how dangerous and cutthroat that world is. So, when I heard about Hector Rodriguez III’s El Peso Hero, I was excited, to see a different narrative about the drug trade with a superhero twist.

The reader is introduced to Dr. Salas, a brilliant scientist, who gets kidnapped by the local military, to lead them to a cave discovery of some superpowered crystals, where the doctor takes his own life to keep the location a secret. Fast forward, years later, two cousins, one of them whose name is, Ignacio and accidentally finds this same cave, where one of them gets trapped. It just so happens their grandmother is the head of one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico, and leaves her grandson for dead but he survives as he gained a superpower from the crystals. By the end of the first issue, Ignacio is all grownup and fighting crime as superhero, but little does he know, someone else survived the cave.

Overall, some great introductions to these characters and to this vast world where this excellent story takes place. The story by Rodriguez is intricate, fun and takes turns where the reader does not expect to go. The art by Guillermo Villareal is gorgeous and makes the characters pop off the page. Altogether, a great book, which will keep the readers coming back for this very different story in a very familiar world.

Story: Hector Rodriguez III Art: Guillermo Villareal
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation:Buy