Robert Kirkman He is one of the most important screenwriters of the last decade who, after having reached the Olympus of success with The Walking Dead, has unexpectedly decided to change course, facing a landscape as varied as it is difficult: that of martial arts.
Good old Kirkman had already made his audience savor scenes of pure fighting ecstasy in Invincible, his greatest masterpiece that will soon also have its own animated counterpart thanks to the collaboration with Amazon Prime Video, but never before has such a guy been pushed. peculiar. . We are talking specifically about Fire Power, published by SaldaPress in Italy, which was recently presented to us with the first volume symbolically named precisely Prelude.
This first number is a cunning and orchestrated aperitif of a design that, according to the venue, promises to be a pleasant and unexpected surprise. In conclusion, we will give a first judgment, now let’s leave space for what caught our attention or not both in the script and in the graphics, since a prominent figure of the American comic was involved. Chris samnee.
Owen Jhonson, between mysteries and fists of fire
Firepower begins directly as a lightning strike, immediately making clear the central figure of the work: Owen Jhonson. Niño grew up with the desire to know the origins of his true parents, having been adopted at a very young age, he has always followed rough paths that have led him, challenge after challenge, to know the place where each personal conception of his will definitely change. . life: the Temple of the Fire Fist.
Here a refined story comes to life, masterfully backed by dynamic and colorful design and colors. A mix that will catch the reader’s attention. Samnee has been in an obvious state of grace in recent years and, without mincing words, gives Kirkman’s original idea a practically perfect completeness. You will never, never tire of looking at the charts in the registry.
Between oriental cinema and the cult of the 80s and 90s
Fire Power has obvious pillars on which it is inspired and in this Prelude, which allows you to become very familiar with the characters and the setting, they manifest themselves in a crystalline way. We had found some of these elements in Invincible but in this new work, which in recent months has positively distorted the market for American comics (200,000 copies sold in a few days), some of Robert Kirkman’s best known passions are well present and they are themselves the motor of the action: oriental cinema, both wuxiapiano and kung fu comedy, and some of the most famous cults of the 80s and 90s like the Karate Kid and La Prova.
The atmospheres orchestrated by the author will lead the reader to alternate moments of reflection, comedy, violence and finally surprise. Everything works harmoniously and you get the feeling of a beautiful balance between writing and visual. It wouldn’t be all that exciting, thinking precisely of Kirkman’s cross-media talent, that Fire Power could become valuable adaptation material for a television series in the future.