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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1

 
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Story by: Tyson Hesse
 
Art by: Tyson Hesse
 
Publisher: BOOM! Box
 
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KNOW YOUR PLACE Since mainstream comics are approaching to their crossroads in terms of storytelling and the directions their respective companies undertake, independent comic publishers on the other hand are already grounded to the overall commitment to their growing demographics, excellent reading choices for every age category. I cite BOOM! Studios for taking this leap-of-faith vision […]

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Posted September 12, 2015 by

 
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KNOW YOUR PLACE

Since mainstream comics are approaching to their crossroads in terms of storytelling and the directions their respective companies undertake, independent comic publishers on the other hand are already grounded to the overall commitment to their growing demographics, excellent reading choices for every age category. I cite BOOM! Studios for taking this leap-of-faith vision and unleashes a series of potential hit makers. And one of these rare jewels is no other than this book by Tyson Heese through the publisher’s release of the premier issue.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 grabs my attention immediately primarily on the strength of the creator’s illustrations that are positively warm, colorful, vibrant in tone, and significantly suited to virtually any readers alike, from the jaded types to the newcomers. Readers of Scott Pilgrim series or many of the coming-of-age (or “young adults”) storytelling fans should give this “Diesel” series a serious try, and be the judge(s) why this mini-series should be the next big thing. Why you ask? First, Tyson already convinces yours truly that Diesel has a very decent story to tell, explore, and reflect upon, unlike some generic “young adult” or “angst”-filled materials that mushroom nowadays. Second, the titular character may be deceivingly apparent at first glance, but Heese makes sure that she (yes, that male sounding gasoline type is a lady!) is an interesting character to relate and invest with up to the fourth chapter. She is the inheritor of the large aircraft carrier when she turns the age of eighteen, and moreover, she discovers she has some innate powers just only manifested in the most interesting turn of events. And these are for appetizers only.

The creator brings back the elements of the so-called Golden Age narrative trope that cleverly puts the initial story into motion even before the real action begins and nicely transitions to the next chapter: “the sense of true belongingness” or “know your place”. In the era of violent and bloody narrative in comics these days, “Diesel” is challenging that zeitgeist and Heese presents that friendly opposition by the dialogues of the series’ supporting characters that maturity matters and patience is indeed a virtue, something the female protagonist for now fails to comprehend (and to that extent this generation sadly misunderstands so well). Tyson litters his dialogues on the themes of trust to one’s capabilities; respect to the experienced, elderly and masters of the craft; and the most prominent of all, a sense of humility; all execute in hilarious and in serious manner. Sure, Miss Diesel will learn those humanistic traits as the story progresses until she finally proves her true worth.

Artistically, Tyson illustrates with the passion of a true bona vide anima/manga-inspired artist, similar to some of the comic industry giants, such Skottie Young, Bryan Lee O’Malley and Ed McGuinness  His characters are drawn to their respective roles, and they are done with a respective unique voice that at the same time, possess a true and genuine respect to the Diesel patriarch, and present their Job-like patience with his daughter as well. More so, each cast projects as humanly as possible, never resorting to the trappings of the stereotyping the elderly, women, and others; and most importantly the sexualizing the female characters as well, particularly the lady-captain and Diesel herself. This is an achievement of the creator in itself.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 starts with a great bang. Characters are well-defined. The premise is direct. The narration is honestly accessible to virtually for all ages. The drawings are equally top-notched and totally inspiring. And, it delivers in almost all levels in graphic storytelling and aesthetics even so. Creator Tyson Heese is one of the comic innovators that should be watched upon because he is just getting better as we speak of. His command in sequential storytelling and the artistic executions are already in great levels. Moreover, I want to see more of Diesel’s self discovery and misadventures in the following chapters, as well as the fate of the floating aircraft. BOOM! Studios should be commended as well as for providing us this mini-series, and discovering Heese. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Paul Ramos

 


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