"Blood Brothers #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Written by Fabian Rangel Jr
Illustrated by Javier Martin Caba
2017, 22 Pages
Sometimes I'll be reading a horror comic and think that it's a pretty good book, but what would really take it to another level would be a luchador. Just look at Hellboy's trips to Mexico, as they are easily some of the craziest stories in the character's history. Now we've got Blood Brothers from writer Fabian Rangel Jr and artist Javier Martin Caba, starring a lucha libre wrestler and his scarred brother as they solve supernatural crimes and punch monsters. If that sentence doesn't pique your interest, nothing will.
Blood Brothers is set in a world where werewolves, ghosts, and assorted fantasy creatures are part of everyday life. No one gawks or stares at them. They're just like any average human walking down the street. Diego and Gabriel work for the police department solving crimes involving these beings.
Although the story picks up with the brothers already working as established detectives, it takes some time to delve into a bit of their backgrounds. This is done organically and doesn't take away from the pace of the overall plot. We're not watching Gabriel get bitten by a radioactive professional wrestler for half the book. Instead, these items are sprinkled throughout the comic in such a way as to further the story and expand the characters.
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You can't help but be intrigued by the Soliz brothers from the moment you see them. Diego is a gruff detective with scars on one side of his face and tattoos up and down his arms. He's seen some shit. He wears a permanent scowl. Conversely, Gabriel seems a little more lighthearted, although he will not hesitate to suplex a guy if he gives his brother a hard time.
There are a ton of mythical creatures seen throughout Blood Brothers, each with varied designs. Caba did some tremendous work here, especially with a two-page spread in a bar that is filled with monsters. They are more on the fantasy side of the spectrum, with fairies, elves, and goblins, ranging from the innocent to the terrifying.
The colors cement the look and feel of the book, creating a cool tone in a town where it's perpetually nighttime. Some elements, such as Gabriel, pop off the page with a bright glow of life. This contrasts nicely with the flashback pages that have a faded hue, like they're being seen through the haze of memory.
Blood Brothers could very well be the greatest procedural cop show ever. How could you go wrong with a luchador and his gruff brother solving monster crimes? This first – of what I hope are many – adventure dives headfirst into a mystery that ties directly into the brothers' past. It builds up to a jaw-dropping final page spread that is just too cool for words.