By Ces Cabangon
Last updated 03:34pm (Mla time) 10/25/2006
IN UNDERWORLD Manila, aswangs, kapres and engkantos run syndicate rings. Possessing powers and sinister secrets, Alexandra Trese walks between our world and the supernatural in order to check those syndicates.
Aided by twin brothers donned in theater masks, and herself wielding a kris knife, Alexandra possesses uncanny and clever tactics and her uncompromising nature allows her to solve bizarre crimes and bring justice in ways no ordinary human can.
It has been a while since the local comic book scene came out with something uniquely imaginative as "Trese." It fuses Filipino folklore, fantasy and urban grit through engaging storylines and strong characters. What makes "Trese" absorbing is its art, wit and narrative. Ka-Jo Baldisimo’s black-and-white artwork creates a haunting and nostalgic mood of wicked sorcery. If you pay attention, you’ll appreciate the allusions and the social satire. Budjette Tan explores Filipino pop culture and urban legends and myths. Things just keep on getting better.