Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Recommendation: Supermachos

On the last recommendation I talked about Scalped and how it deals with native Americans in the current US. Now I’ll recommend you a comic about Mexican native Americans in the 60’s. But don’t worry, it’s a funny comic strip except when it isn’t.
- And we Indians, we never win?.
- As far as I know just in MLB baseball.
Created by the cartoonist ‘Rius’ (Eduardo del Río) in the 60’s , Supermachos is a social commentary on the situation of Mexico. The economy, racism, politics, class culture and more are the issues cover by this satire. 

- Children of 'San Garabato' we will end corruption.

Set in the fictional town of ‘San Garabato’, the main characters are two ‘indians’ Calzozín and Chon, who are constantly being treated unjustly. But they have a somewhat positive outlook on life. The rest of the town consists of a corrupt Mayor and his corrupt police department, a Spaniard bartender, devote women, a wealthy and greedy business man and more. 

Most of the stories focus on how the revolution didn’t work for them, the system isn’t helping them. They will always get the short end of the stick, but they’re ‘Súpermachos’ and they won’t complain.
But despite the serious subject, the comics never stops being funny.
I don’t think Súpermachos was translate to other languages and even if it did, many jokes aren’t exactly very translatable. So if you find a copy, get a Mexican friend to read it to you. 

- In this country you have to belive in the constitution, in voting, believe in the good intentions of the goverment, in the revolution, believe that we're free, belive in the far beyond, in the near beyond...
Title: Súpermachos.
Creator: Rius.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Recommendation: Scalped

I’m late to the party, I know. For years I heard wonderful things about “Scalped” but I didn’t made the effort to buy it while it was being published, partly because I was focused in getting the superhero classics and I didn’t have enough money to get 7 or 8 trades at my LCS.
Luckily for me, last year there was a digital sale and I didn't hesitate and got all the volumes and I read them all in a month.
And everything they said was true, “Scalped” is a masterpiece. 
The story centers on an Indian reservation and the complicated, sad, violent and heartbreaking lives of some of their residents. The story starts with Dashiell Bad Horse , a young man that comes back to the reservation after more than a decade away and joins the criminal syndicate of the Chief Lincoln Red Crow, but unknown to his new boss, Bad Horse is a Federal Agent. 

That is the main conflict for the series, but the writer Jason Aaron explores the backstory of many characthers, he takes the reader through different storylines, we get to known the rest of the people, where they come from, where they’re going, we see them struggle and we ultimately see (some of) them die and it all means something for the reader.
The artist is R.M. Guéra, and he’s a god. Every character feels like a real person, he makes them unique, he makes them express their feelings without the dialogue. The scenery is perfect too; Guéra draws the desert, the city, a small poor house full of people, a meth lab. There is nothing he can draw and make you feel like it exists somewhere. The coloring artists Lee Loughridge and Giulia Brusco were great and Jock made stunning covers. 

In the end, this series meant a lot to me. It shows what it’s to be a native person in a modern world that seems to have forgotten them. The heartbreaking feeling to know nobody else cares about your people, and how in all that despaired there are people who won’t give up, who won’t back down
I’m crying again.

Title: Scalped. 
Creators: Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra. 
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Recommendation: PSIONICA

Scientists experimenting on children. It was a reality in past centuries. Like orphans being used to conduct electricity in the 1800’s. Or any horrifying tale from Nazis doctors. Those real events inspired many sci-fi stories:The Boys from Brazil, Fringe and the cortexiphan experiments, the Royal Flush Gang in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, more than one X-Files episode, Firestarter with Drew Barrymore and probably the most famous anime movie from the 1980’s Akira.
It’s been a sci-fi/horror trope through the years but most stories aren’t new. What makes an “old” story more interesting is new angles, new settings and new way to tell it. Psionica is that.

Dr. Chislom works for a big pharmaceutical company and the government commissioned them to create a drug to manipulate the minds of their communist enemies. But he and his team, including Dr. Hashimoto (an Asian female, if you're looking for that) see other strange effects and abilities that affect the young minds of the subjects. Although, it hasn’t be reveal what went wrong.


The story is set in the southeastern United States during the 1960-1970. Which makes it pretty unique. But the most original thing of this comic is that isn’t just a comic.
Instalments of 4 pages in grey tones and different textures tell the story set in the 70's while prose pieces tell the back story and there is also audio. The creator reads the chapters for you, sometimes it feels like an audiobook, sometimes it feels like classified files of a investigation.

So get groovy with telepathy, psychokinesis, astral projection and more!

Creator:  Braxton

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Recommendation: Cristo y ¡No!

Do you like blasphemy? Do you like stories about the end of the world? Do you like black and white art? Well I have the comic for you. 

Cristo y ¡NO! (Christ and No!) tells the story of Christ coming back to the world in the form of a cute hamster and with him a violent celestial (or is he from hell?) being are here to give Old Testament justice to humanity. Judgment Day is coming but only a few will be saved, if everything goes according to plan. 

An eccentric story with vibrant and amazing black and white art, these panels will get your attention immediately. 

Title: Cristo y ¡No! 
Creator: El Santa. 
Language: Spanish.