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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
My 'Take' On The TPB: Sonambulo In Sleep Of The Just!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New


My 'Take' On The TPB

Sonambulo In: Sleep Of the Just

By Rafael Navarro

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Above Photo:  Rafael Navarro and Michael D Hamersky at the 2010 San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival!
At the Top Left: A Closeup of the Front Cover to the TPB version of the First Mini-Series of Sonambulo!
At the Bottom Left: The Poster for the 3rd Annual San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival (2010 SGV). 



TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3240:

Today's post is the 1st Review on any publications that I found at the recent SGV Comic Book Festival that took place on Sunday, September 19th!

I thought I would start with Rafael Navarro's 1st mini-series that was compiled into a TPB, and that is listed for sale at his web site. More on that at the end of this review...

Here is what I found about the series, after reading the TPB. This was from the Wikipedia entry:

"Sonámbulo (Sleepwalker) is a fictional character from the American independent comic book series of the same name created by Rafael Navarro. The character made his first public debut in Sonambulo: Sleep of the Just, the first of the on-going series in 1996. The story follows the eponymous character, who in the '50s became a successful luchador. Due to his rise in fame, Sonámbulo was approached by the local Mafia with the intent of extorting money from him and other special services. Around the same time, the masked-wrestler was plagued by a strange sleeping disorder. Upon refusing the gangsters demands, he was brutally beaten, shot, and left for dead. Instead of dying however, Sonambulo fell in to a deep hibernation only to awake decades later, having the power to see other people's dreams and having the uncanny ability to go without sleep. Using his new-found powers, Sonámbulo becomes a private detective against the supernatural underworld of the night. All of the collected stories following the character feature some surreal dream-like quality, keeping with the theme of sleep."

Even though I had not read the above, before reading the TPB, I had gathered some of the above knowledge while talking with the creator, Rafael Navarro.

The reason I am moving this review blog up in the stacks to post first is that I had met Rafael briefly at a different con in July, (the SDCC), when he stopped by a booth I was visiting. (Gumby booth.) I never did make it to his book at the other con, so when I arrived at the SGV he made sure that I stopped at his SGV Table.  I'm glad he took the time to let me know he was there!  Here's why, as you'll see in my review that starts next...


Here is 'My Take' on the TPB compilation of the collected mini-series:

Front Cover - I'm taking into consideration that this is a TPB compilation of the earlier 3 comic books with different covers.  This cover for the TPB really invites you as a casual browser at a book store or at a LCBS to stop, pick it up, and thumb through it. Good presentation of what is inside and is a true representation of the storyline as well...

The first few pages are designed to give you the 'tone' of the TPB. Black & white images along with the credits page, and a Table of Contents. PLUS a Foreword / Introduction by David J Schow.  After all of that, I was ready to read the first chapter, (issue).

I found that the artwork was familar to me, when I first thumbed through the TPB at the SGV table.  I asked Rafael who he would list as his influences.  He named Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, and Frank Robbins.

I noticed the Frank Robbins influence right away, and then the Alex Toth.  I also saw some George Tuska influences there.  Which is All Good in my reading preferences!

Not that Rafael didn't make this artwork his own, but it is good to see such Great Masters influences live on!

The black and white interior pages helped set the mood for the chapters.  I found myself reading this TPB rather quickly, because I couldn't put it down for long!

I'm not going to give away more than what was given away in the promo blurb from Wikipedia above, other than to say that this storyline all made sense to me!

Well written, good dialogue, and intriguing artwork were found in the pages of this TPB!

Plus there was a Bonus Section! The early stages of development of this character in 1996. The pages were interesting to read, and the illustrations showed the beginnings of this character.  Excellent 'Bonus' Section here!

You know, I had not heard of this series before the SGV Comic Book Festival.  I understood that Rafael had something to do with a Gumby series from my meeting him at the San Diego Comic Con International.

But this Sonambulo that started back in 1996 (!) is a far cry from that!  My wife Tina, says that is a sign of a true artist, one that can work in different genres easily and do well in them.  I'm looking forward to reading and viewing more of Sonambulo in the near future! 

My comic book grade for this TPB publication is a NEAR MINT, (NM) 9.4 on a 10.0 grading scale. That is the highest I grade any comic book / graphic novel / TPB.

Okay...I promised to let you know where YOU can buy this TPB I just reviewed above!

Here is the link to the Sonambulo TPB and other publications that Rafael has published on this character. Plus other tie-in materials!

Plus, YOU can also meet him at the Long Beach Comic Con in October, if you are planning to take that comic con in!


Thanks again, Rafael, for sharing your time with me at the recent San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival!

PLUS: My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over 3,235 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!


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Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010 6:54 AM PDT
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