Reviewer: Ron Kerronian
Flash Rating: Suspense, Murder, Mystery
Nefarious events are prophesized to occur in 2012, can mankind’s future be altered, and what steps must be taken to insure earth has a future? These are some of the question many have pondered for centuries, not to worry a serial Killer has the solution and it is twisted.
Written by: Enrica Jang
Pencils by: Jhazmine Ruiz
Color, Letters, Inks by: Andre Frattino
Publisher: Red Stylo Media www.redstylomedia.com
There are many expectations for the nefarious events (earthquakes,tornados, floods, mass murders… in short great tragedies) to take place in 2012 (Twenty-Twelve)… mainly the end of the world. For some of us it is simple conjecture, hysteria, and trumped up fantasy, however there are some true believers. Azteca chronicles the debatably “twisted” logic of a “serial killer” who seeks to stop 2012 by sacrificing criminals to the gods (OUCH, can you say…TWISTED). the creative team over at Red Stylo Media have indeed conjured up a novel take on the concept of human sacrifices, as it is often retained as an act visted upon the innocent. However, I think it can extend to those unwilling to die as well; which is a category these criminals happen to fit into quite well.
The art and story are gritty, which creates the mood of instability helping draw you into the mind of a well meaning yet demented crazed killer. Miserable, Treacherous, Clever, and Murderous these are only a few words that can be used to discribe the criminal element running amuck through the streets. Because of the criminal element and the killers contriversal motives, this book helps to change and define what can drive a man to become serial killer (it’s hard to not be altered by hell if you see it everyday), how actions can be wrong and justified at the same time.
Jhazmine Ruiz: the artist behind Azteca.
I love Jhazmine Ruiz’s art in this book, in that it is drawn in an almost Aztec heiroghphs fashion; which creates the optimal mood and setting for the story. Jhazmine Ruiztruely understands the elements necessary to accentuate the mood of the story, her art gives a viseral taste of the streets, people, mood and culture of mexico…the good and the bad.
The colors of Andre Frattino are well blended like the earthy grunge colors of mexican tiles, it gives the work an authentic Mexican feel…I love when books go out of the norm an explore new places, people, and cultures…
The books writer Enrica Jang does a fantastic job of bringing the audience into a world of corruption, murder, lies, and obvious deceit by using common media knowledge and stereotypes (the Mexican Cartels and their murderous Methods)which makes it that more real as the audience may already be familar with the darker nature of the story’s location. The book also uses words that easily cross the “language barrier” – (when learning a language, I’ve been told that the easiest words to learn always seem to be the unsavory sort) there is a great mix between adult language and language suitable for all ages. Erinca Jang is undiscoverably a great writer, she pulls you into the story and leads you down the many dark recesses of the paths that form these characters experiences.
This issue From a rating system of “A – F,” I give a solid “B+”. This rating is awarded because this book visits the notion of 2012 and the fears many of us have regarding it…is there merit to 2012, and if there is should we do something about it? In this book one man is making an attempt utilizing the very same methods of his ancestors.
If you like shows like CSI: (New York, Miami, and Las Vegas), Criminal minds, The Next 48, and murder media in general… you’ll like the suspense, msytery, and suspect profiling factor present in this book, as it is engaing…the reader will try and figure out who is the killer, I would say that the choice of killer does make sense.