Brian Pulido and Coffin Comics are going strong with their Kickstarter funded graphic novels, such as Lady Death and Zack the Zombie Exterminator. Their current graphic novel features a brand new character named “La Muerta,” and not only is this her origin story, we also get an in depth look and feel for the setting of this story. La Muerta #1: Descent is written by Mike MacLean, story by Brian Pulido, illustrated by Joel Gomez, colored by Ceci De La Cruz, and lettered by Marshall Dillon.
The protagonist, Maria Diaz, is a soldier returning from Afghanistan to reunite with her family on “El Dia de los Muertos,” the day of the dead. Little does Maria know that her brother, Xavier, is involved with a crime cartel, the Zavalas, led by Gemma Zavala, known as “Mama Z.” Xavier made an enormous mistake by stealing money from Mama Z, and she doesn’t take too well from people stealing from her. During the celebration, the cartel (the Z-Crew) desires retribution, they pay a visit to the Diaz residence, and they murder the entire family. Maria is shot down and beaten up severely, and when she thinks she’s done for, a lone figure comes to her rescue.
Eight months later, Maria wakes up from a coma, only to realize that her family is dead and buried. Maria realizes that there’s no justice in her town, as Mama Z runs the town with the Zavala cartel. Maria seeks justice, even if she’s on her own, and this is where her humanity is gone, she “dies” and becomes “La Muerta.” Her hands are on autopilot as she paints her face in the traditional, Mexican “calavera” style; a highly detailed skull. She is out to avenge her family and to eradicate the Zavalas, even at the cost of her own life. But…she has some obstacles to encounter before she can get to Mama Z, but how far will she get?
This graphic novel is another winner from Coffin Comics – Brian Pulido and his creative team hit another grand slam with this book. “La Muerta” can easily be converted to a major motion picture, the story, setting, and characters are interesting and Maria Diaz has a strong personality, people will have an instant liking to her. This is a gem, a book people should read, and is highly recommended. My rating, 5 out of 5 stars, perfection! La Muerta #1: Descent, is a 48 page, square-bound graphic novel from Coffin Comics, limited copies, with variant covers, can be ordered here. “La Muerta” will be told in two parts, “Descent” is the first part, and part two, “Last Rights,” will be offered in the spring of 2016, per Kickstarter.