Saturday, January 15, 2011

Forbidden Planet reviews TRESE

Trese – dark mysteries on the streets of Manilla
a review by Richard Bruton

Trese is a supernatural series starring a female investigator who steps in to protect the streets of Manilla when the police can’t deal with the supernatural weirdness that appears. Produced by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, this Filipino book does so much right it’s practically scandalous we haven’t heard more about it here in the UK.

...Trese is definitely from the same mold as Hellblazer, just as it’s writer Budjette Tan is channelling equal parts Jamie Delano and Warren Ellis and artist Kajo Baldisimo does some impressive black and white work somewhere on a scale of Frank Miller and Eduardo Risso. But there’s a lot of other influences in there as well – is it just my prejudices or can I see Alan Davis as well?

But the most important thing is that it’s a very impressive take on the whole mysterious magical investigator. Its’ a very original take on an old genre idea. A hugely entertaining series of 13 stories across the 3 volumes.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Captain Wonder 3D art by Philip Tan

Haberlin Presents "Captain Wonder 3D"

February marks a wondrous occasion for superhero and 3D enthusiasts alike when the two art-forms collide in "Captain Wonder 3D," a new Image Comics one-shot from the writing and art team of Brian Haberlin and Philip Tan. The 48-page issue follows the exploits of Billy Gordon, a ten-year-old boy who is utterly obsessed with the world-famous superhero Captain Wonder.

"You can think of Captain Wonder as the Superman of this world," Haberlin told CBR News in an exclusive interview. "He thwarts bad guys, saves people from natural disasters -- generally speaking, with him around, there are no worries."

"The truth is, Captain Wonder is a highly sophisticated exoskeleton whose creator deemed too powerful to be given to any government to use," Haberlin revealed. "It can only be used by a child who is true of heart, and there have been 24 of them. Once they're in the suit, they taste, touch and feel as Captain Wonder. The child can use the suit until he or she outgrows it, and each child is tasked with finding and training their own replacement. The only problem is the last Captain Wonder had a sudden growth spurt and now needs to rush to find someone to use the suit before everything goes to hell in a hand basket. But Billy has had no time to train and must become Captain Wonder before he's ready."

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Comic Books for 2011

Booking Ahead By Ruel S. De Vera
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 01/01/2011

TURNING the page of 2010 over only hints at the promise of the untouched, undiscovered pages of 2011. Readers will have another healthy harvest of books to browse, borrow and buy. Here’s what to expect on our bookshelves soon:

Graphic novels have become a force of nature in Philippine publishing, and this is reflected in the fact that there are three clear standouts waiting to be unleashed in 2011, amid what should be many other popular graphic hits for the coming year.

True to its devotion to the genre, Visprint is thoroughly immersed in this particular field. Fresh off winning the National Book Award for Graphic Literature for “Trese: Mass Murders,” the Trese series by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo brings to light more paranormal whodunits for its fanatical following with the fourth, and as yet unnamed, volume chronicling the streetside prowling of supernatural investigator Alexandra Trese and her bodyguard the Kambal. The Metro Manila night was never so exquisitely frightening and enthralling.

Debuting from Visprint will be a Filipino superhero title with a wicked twist to it. Paolo Fabregas brings us “The Filipino Heroes League,” but these aren’t your typical caped crusaders. After budget cuts resulted in the departure of most of its roster, the aforementioned League finds itself whittled down to a membership of three, grizzled Flashlight and young protégés Invisiboy and the Kidlat Kid. The triumvirate finds itself troubled by everything from financial concerns to figuring out who is framing them for murder. This sounds like a truly refreshing and inventive take on the traditional cape, with a Pinoy touch.

Perhaps the year’s most fascinating entry is the long-awaited “The Marvelous Adventures of the Amazing Doctor Rizal” from Gerry Alanguilan and Komikero Publishing. After a year that saw Alanguilan’s masterpiece, the sentient chicken tale “Elmer” published in the United States by Slave Labor Graphics to great critical acclaim, we now have his labor of love, the creatively engaging and whimsical steampunk exploits of our National Hero reinvented as a science fiction hero. This much-anticipated comic book melds the familiar with the fantastic, finding the unexpected in the everyday and, like these great titles, fires up a very Filipino form of imagination. •


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