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by Doug Warren on December 27, 2017

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

I don’t think I can review this comic anymore. Congratulations Gasolina, you have defeated me.

I hate to say this, but I got more out of the letters sent in by readers in the back of the comic than I did out of the comic itself.

I still don’t know what the deal with the bugs is. When I see one of these alien bugs coming out of a human like in the Aliens movie, I don’t know why the human doesn’t seem to be in excruciating pain. Has the alien already killed him and is just using his body as a host, or does being ripped open from the inside actually not hurt that bad? And why would the lady talking to him not acknowledge that this is happening? Can she not see it, or are these bugs taking over people and the people are no longer conscious to what is going? If it’s the latter, what a weird conversation for her to be having. So no, it can’t be the latter. So why was she acting like this wasn’t happening?

In a letter in the back, someone wrote in and said there was action for action’s sake in issue #2 and no character development. Well, the creators answered the question and pointed out two things that they said are character development (and, I mean, they were right), but, that still doesn’t change the fact that we don’t know these characters, and it is hard to get into a story and care about it when you don’t know the people in it well enough to care about them.

Someone else wrote in asking why the comic was named Gasolina. The answer was they wanted a Spanish name, and there was going to be a lot of fire. That is the perfect metaphor for the whole series. We want to have this in there, and we’ll give it some diluted glue to barely hold it together.

As far as the artwork goes, they style works well for close up shots, but leaves a lot to be desired in long shots.

But, Gasolina, I’ve given you four issues. Four months out of my life. That is a third of a year, and what have I gotten? Anything? I still don’t know what’s going on. And what’s the deal with those bugs?

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