Story: Steven Prince
Artwork: Fabio Alves
Colours: Alex Zief
Currently on Kickstarter until 3rd July 2020 (CLICK HERE)
In a post-apocalyptic world where monsters roam the landscape destroying everything in their wake, a select few are brave enough to take a stand and fight back, these men are The Matadors.
Full disclosure, I didn’t even know that this latest Kickstarter-funded comic is part of an existing series until I started to do my research for this review, but come on, with a title like “Monster Matador” how much do you really need to know before taking a chance on this book? And do you really need to read the previous arc(s?) before taking the plunge? The short answer to that last question is no, you really can pretty much dive straight into this series from here, although I imagine you’ll get more out of the backstory and narrative if you have read the preceding issues.
What we seem to have in this series are components of a Japanese Kaiju/monster story, Zorro and a bit of spaghetti Western, and for the most part it really works well. There’s certainly that sense of bravado and action adventure of the old Zorro movies and comics, and the whole ‘lone gunslinger against insurmountable odds’ is a tried and true formula. Especially when you throw in hordes of giant monsters, providing a whole other level of crazy to go to.
I do think that I’m perhaps missing some of the prior character development having not read the previous issues, because I found it difficult to connect with the characters here. That said, there’s enough backstory given in this issue that I didn’t feel hopelessly lost, and the main characters are still presented well enough to keep them interesting.
The artwork in this issue is of a good quality throughout, and while I’m not a huge fan of this style I have to say it does a great job of bringing the story jumping off the page. I did find it thoroughly enjoyable that the character Miguel Calderón, clearly written to make your fists itch, is delivered with a face that you really want to slap the smug off of.
I can’t say that everything in this issue lands for me, but it’s definitely an interesting and exciting story and it has piqued my interest enough that I am going to go and try to find the previous issues to find out more.
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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