Gasolina #1 (Image Comics)
Another entry in the growing crime genre at Image Comics, Gasolina is a series detailing a husband and wife on the run from some very bad people in Mexico. Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter’s new series doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the violent side of Mexican Cartels, but the love between the two central characters is what really brings the series together, even if this first issue goes by a little too fast.
Randy and Amalia have been dragged into the deadly world of Mexican Cartels, and after rescuing a son of a friend of Amalia’s are quickly realizing that their time fighting the cartels isn’t going to be over anytime soon. The Cartels have been turning to horrific means to keep their reputation up, and they are by no means going to start slowing down now. Can Randy and Amalia survive?
Sean Mackiewicz script thrives best when it focuses on Randy and Amalia’s relationship. Maciewicz does a great job of showing how these two characters truly care for each other, even when one gets the other in serious trouble. However, some of the plot for this first issue feels a little rushed, as the script covers a lot of ground that could’ve been paced a little better for two issues or so. That being said, there’s still plenty of cool moments in this issue, especially involving the Cartel’s final “gift” after the child they kidnapped is returned to his father.
Speaking of cool moments, a lot of those are so effective because of Niko Walter’s pencils. Walter is able to add a nice layer of seedy grime to Mackiewicz’s script, which makes the beautiful scenery Walter peppers into the comic all the more interesting. As gorgeous as the Mexican country side looks, there’s horrific violence just under the surface. There are also stretches of the book where we don’t get any dialogue at all, just Walter’s art, which adds to the tension of the book.
All in all, if you’re a fan of shows like Narcos or Sons of Anarchy, you’ll find a lot of cool stuff in Gasolina. While I would’ve liked for this opening issue to slow down a little bit, there’s plenty here to keep me coming back for issue two. It’s nice to see Image comics embrace more crime series, and Gasolina is a welcome addition to the other criminal books that fall under the Image banner.