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Review: ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ #3

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A combination of odd and surreal, Dia De Los Muertos #3 delivers three distinct and enjoyable short stories. Taking inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, what you have here is a creative blend of storytelling and art. Riley Rossmo singlehandedly delivers the eye candy with his fantastic illustrations. This month’s issue features tales from Alex Grecian, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Joe Keatinge

WRITTEN BY: Alex Grecian, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joe Keatinge
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: May 22, 2013

Revolving around the Mexican Day of the Dead, here is a trio of ghostly tales about the mystery of death and the meaning of life. In “Return of the Dead,” family is out celebrating at a crowded costume festival. They are too late to stop a child-killer from kidnapping their son. In the second tale, “Lonesome,” a brokenhearted ghost visits the love of his life. He wants to crossover just so that he can touch her one more time. In the last tale, “Day of the Dead 300,” the apocalypse is set to takeover on the Mexican holiday. On the day for dying, Ultra Muertos has to save everyone from the horde of Reapers.

My favorite in the collection is writer Alex Grecian and Rossmo’s “Return of the Dead .” It’s just amazing what Grecian can do without any dialogue whatsoever. With no thought captions, nor dialogue balloons, readers just see a little boy trapped in a child-killer’s lair, screaming for help. In a tale about revenge beyond the grave, the ghosts of murdered children stop by to rescue the kidnapped boy. In this particular narrative, Ross uses just black and white tones, with splashes of red.

I am always psyched when Rossmo and writer Kurtis J. Wiebe team up. In “Lonesome”, Wiebe keeps readers inside the mind of a ghost who is visiting his lost love. This isn’t like other ghost stories because it’s not about haunting. It’s really more about reliving the good/bad memories of a past life. Rossmo depicts the ghostly figure in a blue hue against a yellow-tinted background. Even in wide shots, Rossmo always portrays the couple standing side by side.

“Day of the Dead 3000″ by Joe Keatinge and Rossmo stands out because of the sci-fi/superhero combo. To prevent the apocalypse, Ultra Muertos has to stop Mother Slaughter from getting what she wants. In the opening pages, Ultra Muertos is fighting a gang of homicidal robots, with axes connected to their heads. Ultra Muertos is fighting the robots on top of Mt. Rushmore, but the giant faces are made to look like skulls. Rossmo uses a bright and eye-popping color scheme to enhance the superhero elements.

Highly recommended, “‘Dia de los Muertos” #3 will definitely leave readers with a satisfying fix. Each memorable short tale visually has Rossmo’s stamp on it. I look forward to what the next three tales are in the anthology.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis