Murderers of the World
MG Rivas takes on politics, fear mongering and action figures in his latest comic book, Murderers of the World.
It’s 2052 in what was once the U.S. is now split into two separate territories. The revolutionary and free. There is a hold on this world that the powers don’t want to let go of. How far will they go? As far as they need to.
Murderers of the World begins very unsettling. From the jump, these first panels establish the dangers this world deals with.
These pages are then followed by a politician speaking at a podium above. With a large crowd placed below. Upon further reading, you begin to notice the speaker looks like the kidnapper on the first pages. Even tho the first page is a silhouette of the kidnapper, there are to many similarity’s. This immediately make sense. Give people a reason to be afraid and be the solution.
Rivas has me intrigued. Next to him is a man “marking” citizens who have any negative view on disapproval about the ND policies. All while words like “obedience” “God” “Report” and “Rumours” are being projected into the minds of civilization.
The thumb of oppression is present. This world begins to make you feel very unsettled.
The story moves forward with a former Enforcer for the NDR and now serves as a “guardian” is interviewing distressed parents. These parents are victims to a kidnapping and Green, the guardian and former enforcer, is trying to solve the case.
This is when the story begins to become incoherent to me.
After the interview, Greene is in his car with his partner. Greene begins to speak to his partner about how this case reminds him of a case he took while he was an enforcer. The panel then switches to the kidnapped boys father sobbing but declaring vengeance while he puts on a “Muerto” mask on. A skeleton mask that looks similar to the toys his son collects.
The comic then has a panel of a man sitting on a park bench with a sinister smile. Its discovered that he is holding the missing toy. But the character sitting at the bench looks like the weeping father. This maybe the art to blame and not enough distinction between characters. Steven Dillion (Preacher) has the same issue at times.
So who is holding the mask and who is holding the toy?
Now, there are too many characters introduced at once. There are toy figures that are based on heroes? or heroes based on toys? Is the boy’s father one of the avengers?
On the very next page, masked characters are breaking into the Peoples Democratic Territory Greenhouse. There are too many locations, characters, and foreshadowing happening at once. proper pacing would help at this point.
This is where the comic book would benefit from issue #0 or some mini comics introducing each character. I may be wrong about this and need to wait for issue #2. But I feel like this is the only place this book lacked, as far as an independent comic book go’s. I enjoyed this issue up until this middle part.
The comic book ends with yet another new character being introduced.This character keeps me interested in issue #2. Blanchard Charles, a former enforcer. Who is “Marked” while riding a train by security cameras.
Blanchard gets off the train and screens in the background read “second shift” and “curfew” very cool and subtle world building happening. This comic book begins to pickup again.
There is a subtle but very cool scene where he passes by an officer and a “1018” sits written on the wall. While Blanchard gets scanned and nothing pops up on his record. Hmm..
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