Two brothers, one a straitlaced looking cop and the other a luchador-looking superhero make up the eponymous Blood Brothers. A supernatural investigation is in store, but is it good? Based on the preview it looks damn good!
Writer: Fabian Rangel
Artist: Javier Caba
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Diego and Gabriel Soliz are two unusual brothers just trying to do their job in an even more unusual city. What’s their job? They’re detectives in a city populated by creatures from mythology and fantasy. When an Aztec skull is stolen from the museum, the BLOOD BROTHERS are assigned to the case!
Why does this book matter?
Fabian Rangel Jr. gets a new series after putting in great work on series like Dark Horse Presents and Los Muertos. Joining him is Javier Caba who starts his career here–at least to my knowledge–with a fun and bright artistic style. Given how little we see brother duos in comics I’m set for this one!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Who stops a punching motion with a tap?
Right off the bat Rangel Jr. sets up Diego as a hard-edged cop who drinks too much and starts fights too easily. Enter Gabriel, the one in the luchador mask, who protects his brother from the jerks who are willing to break his face. Rangel Jr. sets up their relationship well making it quite easy to fall into their dynamic and root for the characters. With a well-timed flashback Rangel Jr. and Caba do well to add a bit of mystery to Diego’s “abilities” and make for a story that is rife with questions and one you’ll want to continue exploring. Then their dad comes into it.
Overall this story moves quite fast, but it’s not giving the reader enough answers to keep up, in a good way. That includes weird cyclops bartenders and a world that’s not yet quite defined. You’ll be interested from the very first page and turn these pages quickly trying to find answers. The pace is great and there’s plenty of action inserted to keep your attention up.
Caba’s art is quite nice, and sharp as a tack. The cel-shaded lines help give it a cartoon feel and the character designs are very good. The coloring really pops and helps pull the characters to the forefront and there’s some great comedic timing. In an excellent full page spread of the Aztecs, Caba shows four panels broken up with a mysterious skull at the center which helps imbue the story with a sense of mystery and supernatural charm. Overall the book looks gorgeous and I wager most will be on board because the art is so good.
It can’t be perfect can it?
As mentioned earlier, most of this book is character work in regards to the brothers so you’ll feel a bit in the dark as far as how this world works. With minotaur cops walking about and no explanation it’s difficult to gauge what kind of world this is, but the brotherly bond is strong enough to gather the purpose. That said, unless this is a fast and loose sort of series, don’t expect many answers or meaning outside of the brothers. Hell, it’s right in the title though so what should you expect?
Is It Good?
This is a fun and dynamic looking first issue in a series the industry needs. More stories about different types of relationships–like two brothers–gives this series an edge. This is a series many will find and cherish.
Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!