Rudos Revolucion #1 Review

Title Rudos Revolucion #1

Story by Jakari Jackson

Art by Francisco Munoz

Publisher: Ink Arcade Comics

Release Date: 3/1/17

Rudos Revolucion is Ink Arcade Comics’ latest series scheduled for release on March 1st. Rudos Revolucion revolves around the War on Drugs and its effect of the locals feeling like a mix between Narcos and Robin Hood.

As previously stated this comic revolves a Mexican family that uses stolen U.S. government to combat cartels themselves. We start with a journalist, Senior Rudos, that is caught in the middle of a battle with the cartels in Mexico. As he rushes to save his daughter, he comes to realize it was a giant gambit used to publish a story. However, things quickly get interesting as gunfights ensue involving other members of the Rudos family.  These weapons were taken from US Agent Blaylock planning to arm the cartels in order to track down their whereabouts. The daughter, Dulcinea, is the one who was close with Blaylock is able to swindle him out of his inventory. As the second issue nears, we see a family friend of the Rudos’ caught in their crosshairs while Blaylock is on the hook for the shakedown.

The overall plot is a reference of many US gun running missions that would guide enemies to the guns in order to know more about their whereabouts. The writing by Jackson has moments of solemnness and humor that are sometimes intertwined as can been seen during Rudos’ bus ride. However, the wording itself tends to step on itself adding phrasing that could have been reworded.

Munoz is a Mexican artist bringing a sense of Mexico other than the standard way many Americans see our neighboring country. As done with many indie comics this issue is done in the black and white inking that has become a standard in many popular series such as The Walking Dead.  Munoz uses a medium lining to give detail to this comic, which is appropriate for many of the panels. There are many great scenes in this issue that includes great detailing such as the IED explosion on Blaylock’s vehicle. Munoz is able to capture the emotions on people’s faces ranging from shock to distraught. I believe more detail could be used in more panels as sometimes it is confusing to know what exactly is going on, such as when we are introduced to Dulcinea and Blaylock. One thing I am disappointed in this issue, the lack of difference in the panels which could be used better to accent important panels.

If you are a fan of real world seeping into the comic medium this comic is a decent read. Though the War on Drugs is a stale trope by now Jackson is able to breath new life into the genre with this comic. Munoz art is satisfactory as many panels, which are standard, are held back on their lack of detail.

Rating: 8.0/10

This is the third release from Ink Arcade Comics and will available March 1 on iBooks and DriveThruComics. The other IAC titles of “Daydreams” and “Prisha Dawn” are available on Comixology, iBooks, and DriveThruComics.

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