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El Peso Hero Stands up against Mexico’s Cartels, Corrupt Officials, and Human Traffickers

Rio Bravo Comics is currently running a Kickstarter to get their comic series El Peso Hero out to the public.

El Peso Hero “is heavily influenced by the modern day challenges people from both sides of the U.S-Mexican border face. The main story is centered on “El Peso Hero” – a rogue hero who is standing up against Mexico’s cartels, corrupt officials and human traffickers. The results are often destructive and deadly.”

The team includes Hector Rodriguez, Guillermo Villareal, Chema Cuéllar, Jeff Zornow.

The Kickstarter is to help get the series out there, think of it as a pre-purchase!

The project ends October 17, 2016.

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

Review: Millennials You Are Special #1

I find it amazing that this (and Dimitrios if you read this, I’ll bet you didn’t think I would keep this from over six months ago) …


and this …


can result in this:


What makes Millennials You Are Special #1 so special is that it is written by Dimitrios Fragiskatos, the general manager at Midtown Comics (Grand Central Location) where I regularly pick up my comics.

There is so much behind the scenes work required to put out a book–marketing, printing, distribution, sales, etc…–that this is truly an accomplishment. This book got off the floor with some crowdfunding help from IndieGoGo. I’m not sure how far they are going with the distribution but the first issue is available on line at midtowncomics.com, and issue #2 is available for pre-order.

The writing is a bit rough, but the art is stylish (it reminded me of Matt Wagner’s work in The Hero Discovered: Mage).


20151202_123649Issue one introduces us to the motley crew of super-powered Brooklynite Millennials, banding together, and led by the mysterious Trustfunder–the Claremont’s X-Men inspiration is obvious. The sequencing is a bit hard to follow at times, but there’s a lot Dimitrios is trying to get in one issue. Nonetheless, the story and humor draws you in–how do you serve jamba juice to a millennial with no wi-fi– and whether you are a millennial or not, it’s easy to relate to characters “kept down by the unfair system.”

I bought two copies, and asked Dimitrios to make one out to Graphic Policy. I wish this book the best of luck, and thanks again to Dimitrios for the signature.

Story: Dimitrios Fragiskatos Pencils: Guillermo Villareal
Colors & Letters: Sir Gryphon Editor: Jim Spivey
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy