Red Border #1 (of 4) Review - A Massacre in a Border Town...
• Ivan Nunes (Colorist) • Tim Bradstreet (Cover Artist)
• AWA Studios (Publisher)
Of all of the indie publishers pushing books that could be easily translated into streaming series, AWA may be at the top of the list. The first title I read from the publisher was "Resistance". It was a great read but unfortunately launched the same week most of the country went into lockdown due to COVID-19. I'm not sure how many people were stoked to read about a pandemic in the midst of living through one.
Jason Starr's Red Border has an ominous Tim Bradstreet cover and the tension never lets up while reading. The comic actually opens in a way that makes it appear that the book is gonna be unnecessarily "Woke". This may still happen as the series goes on but I didn't get that impression here. You know, every comic set in a border town has to mention Trump at some point.
Karina and Eduardo make the unfortunate decision to expose a local mob boss. It's presented as a stunning and brave decision up until the moment that gangsters arrive at the home and kill all of their friends and associates. The pair escape but It's obvious that they can't go to the police or politicians on this one so they hit the border.
This is a pretty brutal comic and the violence comes out of nowhere. The book is also deeply atmospheric wonderfully rendered by Will Conrad. The situation seems hopeless and by the end, it appears that our leads may be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
There isn't much else to say about the comic without direct spoilers. AWA Studios is two out of two in my eyes. This is another amazing start to a series.