“Sometimes you’ll find that what you feel is the right thing to do isn’t always what the rest of the world thinks is right.” And with that ruminative line, creators Eliza Romboli and Iolanda Zanfardino introduce readers to their latest collaborative comic series ‘The Least We Can Do’. Part-dystopian, part-fantasy, but completely colorful and splashy, issue one will keep you hooked till the last page.
Bestowed with a biblical name, the protagonist is the feisty Uriel, who with her shiny golden locks and red cape might remind some readers of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in the introductory scene. But unlike innocent little Red from the popular tale, Uriel is a world-wise young woman who aspires to bring peace in her war-torn land where the ruling class oppresses the common man using an entity called ‘the medium’. Uriel joins an underground rebel group with the aim to find a way to make ‘the medium’ available to everybody, unlike the military dictatorship that uses it as a means to exploit the masses.
While Iolanda introduces a whole bunch of interesting fun characters in the comic, Eliza breathes life to them with some fantastically expressive artwork. For a first issue, ‘The Least We Can Do’ does an interesting job of giving readers a sense of what to expect, including a quick little flashback into Uriel’s motivations. I love the variation in color schemes, character designs and personalities through the panels. The comic has a slight steam-punk energy going on and promises to be an engaging series.
It’s a 4/5 from me.
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