Russell Molina and Kajo Baldisimo
In February, as the nation celebrated the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, Anino Comics and the EDSA People Power Commission launched a graphic novel set during the last years of Martial Law and the 1986 People Power revolution.
It begins with four friends, band mates who missed the curfew. Afraid of being caught by the police, they sought refuge in an abandoned printing press where one of them recognized it as his father's former workplace. Narrating the story of his father's capture by the Metrocom, the reader gets an overview of law enforcement during the Marcos years. The story escalates as the band mates move away from their hiding place only to find a
Molina is a gifted storyteller. He is honest and truthful in his use of words. What you read is what you get with Russell and yet, he is able to simultaneously layer events and emotions into a multi-dimensional story. Molina, in 12:01 is not just telling the story of four friends dreaming of hitting it big in the music industry. He is also telling us how these dreams can be crushed or actualized by forces bigger than ourselves. Tragedy is just around
What did not work
This is more of a suggestion, really. I hope Anino Comics get to read this review.
There are three songs inserted in the graphic novel: Hala, Tahan Na and Gising Na. These songs are juxtaposed perfectly into the plot of the story. But, it would have been a cool way to engage teenagers to read the graphic novel if there are guitar chords or tab for these songs. Add a recording in MP4 or MP3
Rating: Four bookmarks over five