05th Jul2017

‘Blood Brothers #1′ Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Fabian Rangel Jr. | Art by Javier Caba | Published by Dynamite Entertainment

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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!

It seems like Fabian Rangel Jr. and Javier Caba were so excited for what they had created with Blood Brothers they threw as much at you as possible in this first issue. So much so it is challenging to grasp what this book is exactly. Both Rangel and Caba have some truly creative minds and these is something to appreciate about a first issue. It does not get bogged down in exposition, but there needs to be more to point you in the direction of what this book is going to be. It feels like you are jumping into the second issue of the second arc, not the opening chapter.

Diego and Gabriel Soli are two brothers and cops of a very unusual city where monsters exist in normal day to day life. Adding to that you have one brother is able to see the dead and the other is a luchador. They discover a secret about one of their father’s past projects that leads them on a quest to track down a werewolf. A lot to take in there right? Again that gives you an idea of everything packed into this opening. Some better world building could have fined tuned some of those concepts to build a tighter book.

You have to give Fabian Rangel Jr. and Javier Caba credit for being original. I doubt you will find another book out there today quite like Blood Brothers. Caba’s art is a big standout. He uses the basic panel grid but his coloring and cartooning are especially strong. That may be the best reason to continue with this series. Outside of some of his opening issue jitters, the heart of this book is strong. Dynamite is quietly building a lot of original creator own books this past year.

**½  2.5/5

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