“When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where kapre are the kingpins of crime, and engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions.
When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call: Alexandra Trese.“
The latest standalone of Trese takes our heroine from the streets of Manila to General Santos City in Mindanao, where we meet a familiar boxer who is about to headline the titular “fight of the year.” And it’s a fight he must win, or else.
I’m not going to spend much time talking about the story. It’s pretty short, and it’s at par with the quality of previous Trese stories. Though, this might be the closest they’ve come to blurring the boundaries of our world and that of Alexandra Trese’s. But it works, and I think this might be one of my favorite Trese stories to date. And to think I’m not even a fan of “the boxer.”
The most important news I’ve gathered from reading this standalone issue, given free during Free Comics Day at Bestsellers Ortigas last May 21, is that the fourth volume of Trese is finally coming out this November!
Also—and this really deserves its own paragraph—Trese ashcans “will be available monthly at selected comicbook stores starting May 2011.” This is exciting news! How do we find out where we can get said ashcans? I guess we’ll just have to follow the Trese blog!