Red Stylo Media is an imprint and comics publisher that was founded in 2008 by writer, Enrica Jang, whose current projects include the 2010 comics series, Azteca, as well as the online Azteca: The Motion Comic in partnership with RelativeMedia, The Poe Twisted Anthology, Shakespeare Shaken, and Seventh Voyage. In Azteca a silent killer is cutting up bad guys in the resort city of Quetzecan, Mexico. A trio of corner drug dealers. Five hoods in a warehouse; all of whom are the victims are soldiers in the Cardenas Cartel and the body count is rising. At the scene of each brutal crime, strange Aztec symbols appear, each drawn in the blood of the victims — these are the only hints at the killer’s agenda as the clock ticks down. The beginning of the end is now! Is available on Graphically.
Azteca is set in present-day Mexico, and follows the vigilante killer, Nicho, who believes he can succeed where the Aztecs failed and stop the world from ending in 2012. The Aztecs got it wrong. Instead of sacrificing innocent human victims, Nicho hunts evil men and other criminals in Mexico, murdering a new one each month in a ritualistic human sacrifice that corresponds to the ancient Aztecan calendar. It is Nicho’s belief —a mix of Catholic mysticism and ancient Aztecan lore — Still his motivation is to ultimately find and kill the man who controls the most ruthless gang on the northern Mexican border: the leader of the Cárdenas drug cartel, El Serpiente. This is a hard-core story of vigilante justice and magical realism (think Dexter meets the works of novelist Garcia Marquez.
This series is essentially a dark, multi-layer revenge fantasy that is based on a real-life problem, and Nicho, is slowly being driven insane by an insane situation. Over the past few years a spotlight has begun to shine on the problem of crime, corruption, murder, and mayhem in the borderland between the U.S. and Mexico. Human life is merely grist for the mill for the poisoned industries of drugs and human trafficking at the heart of the problems there. It’s a war in which literally thousands of people have already died, and, of course, consider that the world is (supposedly) ending...the Meso-American calendar is set to end in 2012. What would you do if you thought you could stop it?
Not just a print comic, Azteca is comics series that is presented in multiple formats. The publishers have already put quite a bit of sweat equity into Azteca, and now it is your turn to check out what they have delivered. Both the print and digital versions of the book have been produced and are complete. The final project is a web event with 12 non-interactive motion comic webisodes as well as a 100-page full-color graphic novel.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.