KAYAW by Magay, et. al.
This indie publication that categorizes itself as war epic is deeply centered into the heart of the Kalinga pride--that being unscathed by the Spanish, American, and Japanese regimes. Being part of the Austronesian race (but unlike their southern brothers --the Visayan Pintados that went the low profile), Igorot and Kalinga tribesfolk settle their conflicts through brutal headhunts with much public display. The introductory story is far from gruesome though (or maybe not just yet) but the sublime contrast and similarity to the Yakuza tattoo art is noteworthy. I know, it will connect heavily to the future with Lt. Masamune in tow.
Rating: 4 cuts of lengua out of 5
RODSKI PATOTSKI by Alanguilan & Arre
Since Lastikman and Darna Lives, the tandem of Gerry Alanguilan and Arnold Arre is always a good read. That territorial dispute would have been better if they put a Chinese and not Japanese Armada to express the current climate in the West Philippine Sea. The weapon's encryption algorithm would have been better if entrusted to Dr Dalawangpuso. All in all, it remains a great read not be treated seriously.
Rating: 4 scoops of pistachio ice cream
KIKOMACHINE X by Manix Abrera
I thought I was buying a vintage Metallica or Pearl Jam vinyl when I saw this one. Of course, this is the 10th Kikomachine book by one of the current names in local comics. Sakto lang ang lalim. Parang Sunken Garden na bumababa ng 8 cm kada taon. Hwoooh.
Rating: 3.5 fathoms deep
Click here for my review of Mervin Malonzo's TABI PO #1.
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