Darna Sightings in Pinoy ComicsAug 12
Darna, GMA 7′s latest fantaserye (no, I didn’t see it – I don’t watch TV much and I’m not really a Marian Rivera fan anyway, heheh…), has been gaining a lot of buzz lately. With that, I suddenly felt like sharing a few recent sightings of Darna in the medium where she first appeared – that of Pinoy Comics.
As of the moment, I can think of two specific titles where our premiere Pinay super heroine has appeared as of late. The first one, quite appropriately, is her own Darna comics – a 3-part mini-series released by Mango Comics back in 2003. The comic book was in English and I think that was intended to reach readers, both local and international.
Artwise, I’d say I’m totally amazed. You can’t go wrong with any of the 3 top-notch artists Mango picked for the project namely Ryan Orosco ( issue #1 pencils), Lan Medina (issue #2 pencils) and Gilbert Monsanto (pencils for issue #3 and inks for issues #1 to 3). Each one gave their best and made sure the book looked really great. The way the comic was colored also deserves some praise. It really complimented the line arts. Both the color and the artworks simply show that, as one reader commented, “homegrown is world class.”
Storywise, I wish I could say I’m equally impressed. Of course, I loved the conflict in the part where Narda spoke with Darna expressing her difficulties of being the latter’s vessel. I thought that was interesting. But other than that, nothing much stayed with me. Yes, its a good story but it just wasn’t enough to blow my socks off. Hopefully, the guys at Mango comes back for more.
On the other hand, I’d bet those who have been reading Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s hit indie comics called Trese could easily guess where I’m taking this discussion now. I’m now talking about my most favorite Trese story so far and its called “Our Secret Constellation.” Its’ a touching tale that just strikes the inner emotions even a tough guy can be turned to a little child – a weeping little child at that – after reading the story. Ah, the genius of Budjette and Kajo!
What does this have to do with Darna?.. Well, to avoid spoiling details for non-readers, let me just say that there is – no, there are – some familiar characters in this horror-detective story as Alexandra Trese together with the Kambal tries to track a mysterious creature wrecking havoc on the city. As you can see on the panel below, we’re talking about a guy here so don’t make the mess of making wrong guesses here. Heheh..
In addition, there’s also Trese Book 2′s “Embrace of the Unwanted.” Now here’s Jeremy holding two figures which looks like.. hhmm.. a cross between Wonder Woman and Darna
That’s it for now. If you know of any other recent komiks appearances, share it here in the comment section. Just in case. Heheh.. Ciao for now!