Dry Foot Issue 1
Writer: Jarred Luján
Artist: Orlando Caicedo
Colourist: Warnia Sahadewa
Letterer: Justin Birch
Editor: Chris Fernandez
Published: Mad Cave Studios
Release Date: September 2020
Set in Miami during its most dangerous and decadent decade, the 1980s, this coming-of-age tale follows four teens desperate to escape the drugs and violence of the city. Together, they plot a heist to steal large sums of cash from the most dangerous gang on Calle Ocho, Los Marielitos. Dry Foot is a fearless story infused with Hispanic culture that deals with friendship, family, and sacrifice.
The heist of a lifetime
The Kingpin of Crime. The Mr Big. The Godfather of Little Havana. Would you really try to rob the man who has complete control over everything blind? Well, that’s exactly what teenagers Angel Ramirez, Diego Gomez and Fabian Garcia plan to do against the advice of the main gal in charge, Mariana Solano. However, this is no ordinary band of thieves. Rather than dream of fabulous wealth, our new favourite four dreams of escape and survival. In this debut issue, the creative team successfully establishes a sense of who these characters are and what they mean to each other.
Full of culture and immersed in the 80s
Underpinned by Latin Culture and a 1980s-vibe, writer Jarred Luján and artist Orlando Caicedo work in perfect partnership to introduce their main cast of characters, each with their own quirky interests.
Solano loves baseball; Ramirez digs video games; Gomez is a movie buff and Gracia, well… Garcia just likes girls, but I am sure he is on a journey towards personal growth. Especially since his flirting lands him in trouble with a jealous boyfriend. Quick to defend their friend, the team throw punches and swing bats, showing readers just how far they will go to protect each other.
Stepping away from the baseball cage, we are invited into the homes of each character, learning more about their personal backgrounds as we hop door-to-door. Here we meet Solano’s bad-ass Abuela in a scene that reminds me much of CW’s Jane the Virgin where two generations converse in both Spanish and English. We also see the complete contrast in the lives of Gracia and Ramirez. Whilst Gracia’s family-life is destroyed by drugs, the Ramirez household is a home with heart, showing us that Angel has a lot to lose.
In the comic’s closing moments, Gomez connects the team with a call and a plan that is bound to change their lives forever.
Dry Foot issue 1 is a solid first issue which does well to establish characters, themes, and setting. Things are bound to get worse before they get better but wherever this comic book takes us next, I will be there for the ride.
You can pre-order Dry Foot Issue 1 from Mad Cave Studios and through your favourite local comic book store. Check out our other Mad Cave Studios review of Stargazer.
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