++ A Brief Review by Sean McPhillimy Taylor ++
Calexit is written by Matteo Pizzolo and drawn by Amancay Nahuelpan. This book was not as directly political as I expected. It allows the setting to be political enough and sets the current reality with the use of maps. While it is timely for today – to a varying degree, depending on your political viewpoint – one could read this dystopian tale even 20 years ago or later and it would still be a compelling read.
Calexit focuses on three main characters: a smuggler named Jamil, a revolutionary figure head/leader named Zora, and Father Rossie, who is attempting to chase down Zora. Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan start the book off with quite the hook and the story never lets up. Pizzolo and Nahuelpan focus on getting the story started, developing the personalities of Jamil and Rossie, opting to leave the world building for later issues, as well as giving us more about Zora.
Nahuelpan does a fine job of drawing distinct facial expressions that fit the dialogue, as well as keeping each person involved in the discussion in scene so you can see facial reactions to what is being said. He’s also adept at drawing backgrounds and giving us solid settings.
Pizzolo’s dialogue has a richness to it, a slight poeticism with poignancy. He does offer a bit of direct political commentary in the book, but for the most part he focuses on the characters and tells the larger story through them. It works well and makes the book stronger, giving us a more compelling story.
Sean has read and enjoyed comics avidly for about 5 years now. His favorite genre is Sci-Fi, just like with TV and movies. Despite him never doing Sci-Fi, his favorite writer currently is Cullen Bunn. One thing Sean definitely laments is the excessive covers practice of the industry.