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Zorro #2

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005
By: Michael Deeley

Writer: Don McGregor
Artist: Sidney Lima

Publisher: Papercutz
Price: $2.95 USD

The legendary Zorro is revived in this manga-style series. Zorro and Eulalia Bandini have escaped Commandante Monasterio. They meet a mapmaker and his wife on the run from Ripklaw, a hunter working for Lucifer Trapp. The two men are part of a conspiracy to poach animals in the unexplored Northwest and sell the furs in Europe. Zorro vows to protect the couple. But their journey ends here.

I applaud Papercutzís efforts to bring Zorro to a modern audience. Zorro is an adventurous, romantic, and all-around fun hero. His most famous portrayals in modern media (The Mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power, the Walt Disney TV series, and recent films starring Antonio Banderas) have created the image of a hero free of the guilt, vengeance, and darkness that plagues so many superheroes. Zorro is a man who lives with a passion for justice as strong as his passion for life and love. It should also be mentioned heís probably the oldest non-white, non-American hero in popular fiction.

So itís a little disappointing to see this comic.

I have nothing against drawing the book in a manga style, but itís a poor manga style. Itís the bastardized ďAmeri-mangaĒ seen in books from Antarctic Press and the majority of webcomics. Itís too simple and too ďcuteĒ for a story that ends in such tragedy. The drawings should NOT be overshadowed by the coloring.

The story itself isnít bad. Thereís a good romantic scene between Zorro and Eulalia where she reveals his secret identity. But some awkward phrasing like, ďHeís good at finding people, even when they donít want to be found. And not finding some people what they want him to find themĒ breaks the rhythm of the story. And I just couldnít follow the conversations between the mapmaker and his wife.

Iíd advise Papercutz to replace the artist on this series. That, or have him focus on either penciling or inking. Hire another artist to handle the other half. Encourage them to experiment within their field and add more depth and detail. For McGregor, keep it simple. Youíve got Zorro right; youíve got a spirited woman to love him; and youíve got a decent plot. Just donít overwrite the dialogue.

Better luck next time.

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