Back in 1988, writer Ricardo Barreiro and artist Enrique Alcatena worked
together to produce one of the most incredible comic book stories in the
history of the medium.
sad about this is that your average comic reader has probably never even
heard of the work.
Heck, I've been indulging in the medium for over 25 years, and I
just discovered it.
Moving Fortress, published by 4 Winds Publishing Group, first appeared in an anthology magazine called Skorpio, published in South America and Europe. It was later translated and collected in graphic novel form for American readers.
Bask De Avregaut is making his way across a lonely desert wilderness in
his aerostat (a hot air balloon with sails), when his craft is shot out of
the sky and he is taken prisoner by warlord Emir Basileo, the ruler of an
incredible, city-sized mobile fortress.
Waging a war against a rival lord in an attempt to rescue his abducted
bride, the Emir has Bask tossed into the belly of his great fortress, to
stoke the fires in it's boiler room.
Proving himself as an accomplished cannoneer in battle, however, Bask
earns the respect, and
even admiration of the Emir and his crew.
This is the kind of comic work that helps define the medium as an art
are visually captivating, thanks to Alcatena's deft hand, and their
motivations are convincing.
Plot-wise, the book is almost perfect.
From page one, the reader is drawn in, and held fast throughout the
Alcatena's black and white artwork demonstrates his near-mastery of the
craft, with a depth, texture and sense of detail rarely seen in comics.
Self-contained, and entertaining from beginning to end, Moving Fortress is
a work whole-heartedly recommended for those who enjoy good comics, or
simply a well-crafted story.
Look for this book at your local comic shop (1-888-comicbook to locate
it), bookstores, trade catalogs, comic conventions, or online retailers.
Moving Fortress, published by 4 Winds Publishing Group, 55 pages, $8.98.
Review by Mark Allen.
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