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GASOLINA #1

by Doug Warren on September 20, 2017

Written by Sean Mackiewicz
Art by Niko Walter
Colors by Mat Lopes
Published by Image Comics

I don’t know exactly where this comic is going, but you best believe I’m going to stick with it to find out.

It is great to find a comic with strong Latinx protagonists, but it’s still up in the air if we are going to have true heroes or antiheros. A lot of first issues either try to cram too much stuff in the beginning, or are too slow getting to the action and the reader loses interest before the second issue comes out, but this title does a great job of balancing the two.

Growing up in a farming community in West Texas, the setting did feel familiar to me. But, the comic has one element I was missing north of the border. The cartel. And as the cartel pushes forward, we are promised a war the likes of which we have never seen before. There are poignant reminders of just have evil the cartel really is. For only being the first issue, Gasolina prepares us for a battle of an epic scale, and the characters set up to be the leaders of the rebellion against it may just be in over their heads.
Gasolina hits all the big points you want to see: sex, drugs, violence, family connections . . . and in a way, this helps to humanize the characters, as did the artwork. It matches the style of the comic perfectly, and the color choices went far to illustrate the gritty existence the characters are living in.

I can’t wait to read the next issue.
 

Our Score:

9/10

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