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Young Terrorists #1: An Incendiary New Series

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, August 19 2015 and posted in Reviews

Young Terrorists #1: An Incendiary New Series

Will this book blow up or be a dud?

Source: Black Mask Studios

Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Writer: Matt Pizzolo
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colorist: Jean-Paul Csuka
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover: Amancay Nahuelpan
Variant Covers: Amancay Nahuelpan
With Respect: Nas, EYEHATEGOD, RATM, This Is Hell
Cost: $6.99

As with most releases from Black Mask Studios, they're outside of the mainstream, far from it in fact, and Young Terrorists is no exception. Even the name is provocative. Matt Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan have strong world views and aren't afraid to put it on the page. Saying the first issue is oversized is an understatement, coming in at a whopping 84 pages, necessitating the high cover price.

Matt Pizzolo's world isn't too different from our own. It's got the corporate coffee shops, Rush Limbaugh-esque television hosts, and black site secret prisons, providing a solid framework for his revolutionary world. Detroit gives Pizzolo the perfect setting for Young Terrorists, given its already apocalyptic look. It's not too crazy to think this story could take place in the near future.

The book is broken up into three sections: Sera, Cesar, and when their lives intertwine. Both main characters come from a troubled background, albeit opposite ends of the spectrum. Sera comes from money, until her life gets turned upside down, and we're thrown straight into Cesar's broken life. Pizzolo's overall theme so far, echoing his chicken treatment remarks, seems to be that humans are the real monsters.

Amancay Nahuelpan brings a sense of realism to Young Terrorists. His control of emotion, showing restraint when necessary, creates a wide range of feeling, from grim to uncomfortable to passionate. His linework is thin, allowing great detail, which is remarkable to see in such a large issue. He uses a variety of panel styles keeping pages fresh throughout a long issue. The angry Glenn Beck analogue hosts a youtube show creating natural frames for the page. Also included is a full page infographic, breaking up the traditional paneling even more. Nahuelpan's realism shines through when he's drawing violent, sexy, or violently sexy images, which there are many of in this book. Jean-Paul Csuka's coloring brings the violence to life in all its bloody brilliance. This book is not for the prudish or faint of heart.

The sci-fi elements aren't too overbearing, and when they do creep up, splicing human DNA into mushrooms for example, I'm too into the story to question it. Issue two will see the series down to a smaller, more manageable 32 pages, still a lot more than other publishers offer. Young Terrorists is a book about changing the world, and if any comic can, Young Terrorists will make you want to change the world.


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About the Author - Tim Midura

Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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