Seraph’s Sanctions: CLANDESTINO #1

Writer: Amancay Nahuelpan
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colors: Amancay Nahuelpan
Publisher: Black Mask Studios (November 2015)


The Breakdown:
The country of Tairona has been taken over by a brutal coup de grace. A young boy watched his mother murder during the coup and he grows up after being saved by revolutionaries. He becomes the wanted rebel known as Clandestino. After a mission goes to hell and his girl gets taken, our lead decide that he needs to ruthless to save his country.

The Good:
Dear God! This book is a Tarantino movie. A fuckin’ epic movie. Nahuelpan makes every last aspect of this book look and feel like a Tarantino movie with deeper plot and great way to immerse yourself into the book. There is so many different things Nahuelpan does in this book to make this first issue not just a read, but an experience. The panel work is explosive. Nahuelpan’s art is sharp, with more abnormal perspectives we don’t necessarily see. It is a blend of cinematic with his own touch that make it even more insane. The violence is powerful and rich with detail and color. Things are a bit more bombastic and it just helps with the immersion of the book. The colors even works towards helping you immerse of the scene, including a mix of Sin City like coloring with Nauhelpan’s own twist during a flashback. Every last page is full of love. The dialogue and narrative were strong. There are even several newspaper like pieces in the book, which adds an extra layer to make readers truly understand how life works in this country. The overall story is cliche but Nahuelpan puts his own spin on it which makes it amazing.


The Bad:

Bad! HA!

The Verdict:
Nahuelpan gives us one of the most passionate books I have ever come across. There is a lot of thought and work put to this by Nahuelpan, who does the lion’s share of the work in the book, including writing, art, color and even lettering. There’s innovative panels, smart writing and brilliant use of color and panel composition to get readers to fully invest themselves in Clandestino. This was one of the best first issues I have ever read.