A collection of masks transforms the young man known as Ich into innumerable different beasts and monsters. Using this ancient power, he embarks on a battle that pits the indigenous people of Colombia against the encroaching Spanish empire. But can one man hope to beat back the massive forces of the conquering Spaniards? Luciano Saracino and Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight) bring readers a stunningly illustrated story of beasts and men fighting for the soul of a nation!
Though some of the creator owned series from IDW have been hit or miss, the new series from Luciano Saracino and Ariel Olivetti definitely falls into the better side of the equation. Their new book Brutal Nature is a violent and fantastic look at a period of history which is often glossed over or romantized. Their view of the Spanish exploration of South America is far from the happy adventures shown in The Road to El Dorado.
Luciano Saracino writes an engaging story about Ich, a man who can transform into beasts thanks to the different masks he owns, and uses them to try to repel the massive invasion of Spanish Conquistadors which have laid waste to his home and his family. In the first issue alone, it’s shown despite having these mystical abilities, Ich is alone and faces a force he may not be able to stop which makes for a thrilling read.
The art for this series is insane in the best ways possible. Everything in the comic is painted and done is such flawless detail it’s hard not to appreciate the time and effort which went into making this book. The scenes of action and torture are truly made more intense thanks to Ariel Olivetti’s intense attention to detail. If he isn’t nominated for some type of award for his work in this issue, there is no justice in the world.
This new series helps to showcase an interesting story in a distinct period in history. Saracino and Olivetti truly are a winning combination and have created a book many need to check out. Fans of incredible artwork and violent storytelling will definitely want to make sure to give this book a read.