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Review: Roman Ritual TPB

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“…and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” How can the Holy See last when an evilness spreads within, touching the core of the same institution? A new miniseries by master of horror, writer El Torres!

A cynical, and rebellious priest, with all the angst of teenager, seems to be the only who can save the church from itself in Roman Ritual. The main character John Beckett, may remind some readers of Vertigo/DC’s John Constantine in some ways. Yet, there is one key difference, John Beckett has faith. That faith makes him the churches only chance at being saved from its own corruption, and the possession of its pope.

The artwork is dark, and some times disgusting as the story goes on. Yet that works well for the novel which is focused so clearly on corruption and demonic possession.The landscapes of Rome by artist Jaime Martinez are drawn in a superb fashion.

Story: El Torres Art: Jaime Martinez
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Unleash #1

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Soon to be a feature film! Assault survivor Emmie wants to change the world by creating her own superhero persona. Unfortunately her plans are limited, as being a hero takes more than a costume. In a strange twist of fate, Emmie forms an agreement with the most unlikely crime-fighting partner you could imagine. Now she can lay her own brand of twisted justice down on sexual predators.

Words by El Torres and screenwriter Jennifer Van Gessel, issue #1 features art by acclaimed artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta with interior pages by Nacho Tenorio and Sergio Mora.

Ah, destiny it is filled with dark, and slightly ironic sense of justice. Following a dark, stormy day, and a very unfortunate event Emmie changes. Almost radically so, as her sense of self gets twisted. Going from seemingly normal teen, into something darker as her vigilante side comes to life.

The cover is a misdirect of sorts, sense the “rape machine,” looks like some sort of bondage mummy. While the origin of the rape machine is hidden, its design is oddly curious. There are some more graphic scenes in depicting rape, that are well drawn despite the illegal nature of the act.

This is definitely for mature readers, you’ve been warned!

Story: El Torres, Jennifer Van Gessel
Art: Gaberiel Hernandez Walta, Nacho Tenorio, Sergio Mora
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy but be warned

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Review: Straitjacket TPB

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Enter into the world of Alexandra Wagner. She murdered her brother when she was child. She was institutionalized. Alex believes she protected of our world against “The Outer Darkness” with the help of her brother in the Otherside. Obviously, these are just deliriums, But, how… and why… she vanishes from the institution only to reappear later?

If Frank Miller wrote Alice in Wonderland, with help from John Carpenter, you would get Straitjacket. Except, instead of a staple of children’s literature, you get something much more twisted, and much more gory. Now this book is for mature readers, so if you frighten easily or, don’t like violence this book isn’t for you. However it you want something with good writing (El Torres is on writing duty), and at times an intricate plot, you should enjoy this insane tale.

The art by Guillermo Sanna is consistent, even if it isn’t the most colorful. Yet that minimal color works in its favor, as the chosen three color-scheme creates an atmosphere like no other. The design of the “feeders,” is creepy, in a great way.

Story: El Torres Art: Guillermo Sanna
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Westwood Witches TPB

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Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellers – and he hates it so much. Suffering from writer’s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbors are witches, the kind of demon worshipers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.

The Westwood Witches is across between Stephen King’s The Shining, with a large helping  of Twilight Zone, and a small dash of Stepford Wives for good measure. The big difference is this has lot more gore, violence, and of course witches. This book is definitely not for children or the faint of heart. If you are fan of graphic, occult filled graphic novels, this is one I would recommend.

If I had to describe the art style in two words; I would choose “gritty,” and “dark.”  While most of the novel is set in the small town of Westwood, the few shots we get of LA is a much more grand style. Where as Westwood, seems more small town with a secret. The characters are detailed and realistic, without being over the top. Even the more occult themed panels are superb.

Story: El Torres Art: Abel García
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Ghost Wolf TPB

sub006373-_sx312_ql80_ttd_This is the story told one thousand times. A story of revenge. A story of survival. The legend of the avatar of the Wolf Clan. The Ghost Wolf.

Collecting Ghost Wolf issue 1-4 this graphic novel collection is broken into two separate parts. Part 1, tells the connected stories of the first two issues, of the Ghost Wolf returning as one man loses his people to  cannibalistic tribes, that have united under one man. Part 2, collects issues 3 & 4. While part two tells a similar tale, the setting is vastly different. Taking influence from Vikings, it features Stonehenge, a mighty Shield-Maiden, and a greed driven Jarl.

Nothing says a violent world, like blood on snow. That is very clear in the first two issues, where a blanket of white dominates the landscape. Where the color is minimal as the characters, the Hungry Ones, are the consistent elements of color against the stark white snow. In an odd contrast to this, issues 3 & 4, and much more colorful. The characters are superbly drawn throughout all four issues.

Story: El Torres Art: Siku
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Metallic Silence #1 & #2

Metallic Silence #1A story that introduces you into a dystopian future based on the songs of the Spanish electronic band AZUL y NEGRO. In a world where elites are fleeing to a new planet, there is little place for hope. Or even for music.

Combining elements of Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, and even a subtle nod to The Terminator if you look close enough. There is a lot of crossover as science fiction meets dystopian, meets cyberpunk, meets a small musical. While there is a small love story as well that helps keep the plot grounded, it manages to be a large plot of the story as Basso tries to get his love Charlotte back from the Mannequin. While Mannequin sounds like a cheesy villain name, he is a man obsessed with immortality. He believes Charlotte is the key to that. However in his quest to gain that, he kills Basso (sort of). Basso manages to survive the explosion and returns to reclaim Charlotte after a he becomes a cybernetic version of Frankenstein’s monster.

Dystopian has almost become a synonym for gritty and dark. That is apparent in the art style in both issues of this mini-series. You can see the obvious influence of the film Blade Runner in the art in terms of both the world and the characters. Even a subtle influence of Frank Miller’s Sin City, as for the most part of the world is drawn in shades of gray. In contrast to the main characters who are drawn with more color, even if that color is limited

Story: El Torres Art: Angel Hernandez
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Ghost Wolf Was Born in Snow and Blood

Listen to the trees. Listen to the rocks, the wind howling in the high peaks. They still whisper the tale of the Ghost Wolf. A story told one thousand times. A tale waiting for you to be enjoyed.

From the prolific mind of El Torres, with the art of awesome artists like Angel Hernández, Amigo Comics has announced they’ll be releasing the first volume of the Ghost Wolf: Born in Snow and Blood.

The first volume is filled to the brim with barbaric violence that is sure to please fans of this genre!

Ghost Wolf, the spirit of vengeance of the Northern Wastes. When the clan of the Sons of Corr lost their courage, they were swept by the wild tribes. But there was one man decided to fight… and paid with his life. He will become the vessel for the long, forsaken spirit of vengeance… The Ghost Wolf!

Centuries later, with the Ghost Wolf vanished, an ancient evil awakes. But a new Wolf avatar fights the old demons. A woman called Mara. Warrior. Mother. Impostor.

One human, one wolf, the vessel for the spirit of vengeance – The Ghost Wolf!  Can you get enough of brutal barbarian action?

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Malta Comic Con Adds Amigo Comics

Amigo Comics LogoWicked Comics has announced that awesome writer El Torres and Amigo Comics, acclaimed independent creator Jenika Ioffreda, and leading journalist and pop culture queen Stephanie Cooke will be joining Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Cliodhna, Dave Taylor, Christian Ward, John-Paul Kamath, Michael Dialynas, Lew Stringer, Daniela “Iella” Attard, Mario Alberti, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeb, Jason Howard, Richard Starkings, Tim Perkins and Sean Azzopardi as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.

Preview: Amigo Comics’ Ghost Wolf #3 (of 4)

Ghost Wolf #3

(W) El Torres (A) Ángel Hernández (CLRS) Esther Sanz
Cover price $3.99
Format: 32 pages FC

With the death of Kerunnos and the Ghost Wolf vanished, an ancient evil awakes. The Hungry Ones wander through the Northern Wastes once more, devouring everything in their path, reaching the pacific tribes of the hills. But a new Wolf avatar fights the old demons. A woman called Mara. Warrior. Mother. Impostor.

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Amigo Comics in July 2014

Rogues Vol. 2 #4 (of 5) Cold Ship

Writer: El Torres El
Artist: Lolita Aldea

Genres: Fantasy
Price: $3.99
UPC: 79945668164100411

At last! What is a fantasy book without dragons? Here you have one! Just like in those tales so big and old. But perhaps he is not exactly what you expect…

Bram and Weasel will face the wyrm Armod – or face the wrath of Hakon and his undead crew of draugr!

ROGUES VOL 2 #4 (OF 5)

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