Motro Vol.1 – Ulises Farinas


Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

There are some illustrators who are great writers, and there are some writers who can draw very well. This is not the case here.

Motro is visually very cool, with a sketchy-punky-pastel aesthetic. Motro himself is a recognizable MC. There are some great concepts thrown in the mix. There are living tanks and motorcycles that grow from babies. The world seems to be the dystopia future of a swords-and-sorcery world. The author appears to have written himself into the story as “the master of fate”. But the story is incoherent – an assemblage of “Cool ideas” without a frame to hang it on.

Goodness knows not every story has to be linear, or straightforward (a surreal setting or confusing timeline can work really well, as in Fight Club 2). But none of the characters (motro included) are ever really developed beyond the most lazy characterization. The dialogue is… Lumpen. Ideas surface and are discarded. This all feels like random paragraphs from a lazy book report for a much longer, more detailed epic fantasy-dystopia novel.

Both stars are for concept and artwork.

  • Paperback, 112 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press

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