So I got yesterday a copy of The Myserious Cities of Gold
comic, first volume!I write some of my opinions about it, maybe this contain some spoilers!!
My first impression was so positive: the cover is beutiful, and the storyline is following so much the original.
I loved the colored pages, and the documentary part at the end of the book- it was just like the animated series!
But there was some minor things I really didn't understand, and those which disturbs me a bit.
-There are many small moments I really missed. those without –I think- someone who don't know the story, wouldn't understand what exactly happened.
For example when Tao shot at Esteban. We see the moment right after the shot, Esteban on the floor, BUT there's no trace of the bullet on the wall!! Where is it gone??
Another moment, when Gaspard went after Zia to the basement of the ship. The wall of the ship brake and the pouring water flood away Gaspard. BUT we can't actually see that! Just a small splash in a very small panel! In my opinion there should be more effect. One who never seen the animation would never make it out what happened there, why Gaspard was flood away... so I felt a „hole" in this scene.
-Sometimes the characters don't behave like I expected.
Esteban scared so much of the noise that come from the box (Zia inside), and scared as hell of the rats. BUT when he saw the Winged Serpent, a „monster" in front of him (when he sneaked into Tao's house) he just gulping and stare... I expected of him a bit more scared reaction.
Another, when Tao shot at Esteban (again this scene) he just became angry, he didn't scared at all! But he just heard a noise of a totally „unknown" weapon! I just thought: „What's with him? Okay, he's so smart and clever, but still a kid, more like kind of feral-kid. „ So I expected of him maybe a bit surprised reaction because of the gunshot....
-The faces of some characters...
About Sancho, I always thought of him, as the most simple-minded, naive and a bit „imbecile" member of the group, who can never think about more than one thing a time. And because of it, he's a kind of
nice person. But
in the comic his face didn't tell this at all. He has a bit malicious expression, sometimes –I think- he looks too clever for his character... maybe because of the „sparkling" eyes.
I feel the same with Tao who almost all the time has „angry face", or „angry eyebrows" (-:< . When he showed the golden jar and the quipu to Zia, I really felt that he's up to some very nasty thing!
-One more thing, it's just about the book... the marguins in the inside was too narrow, I have to force the book open to see, what is on the inside panels! And Some places the texts are very small!
That's all with the critiques...
Then, some things I loved so much:
-Zia was enchanting, yet so womanish! I loved her look when she apologize to Esteban (on the Esperanza, when she talked bad about the spanish people). And the terrified expression, when Tao woke her up as the windged Serpent! It was awesome!
-The characteristic of Gaspard and Gómez are just perfect! We can see at once how agressive could be Gaspard, and how sly and malicious Gómez. His expression just told me: „God, I'm surrounded with idiots!"
-I'm glad that Esteban has his cuteness, which I loved so much in the old series. (Unfortunetely he lost this cute look in the new animated series...)
-The backgrouds and effects are awesome! The story is more dinamic like this, than the animation was.
-The ships were fantasctic!—Anyway I like ships and other machinery on pictures!
So after all, I see it's a very nicely done work, and I can't wait for the next tome