Ipso Facto Volume 1 – The Best Comic You’re Not Reading Yet

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Posted June 3, 2016 by Marshall Bruno in Comic Books

Written by: J. R. Rothenberg

Art by: Jason Badower & Annette Kwok

Publisher: Ipso Facto Comics

This morning I expected to go to work, have a mundane day at the office, maybe read a comic or two on break, and then go home. Thank God I was lucky enough to pick up Ipso Facto Volume One: The Presence, because this book was so thrilling I read all 172 pages straight through. Sure, sure, I may have taken some extra time on my lunch break, but work had to wait. I had to read this thing.

J.R. Rothenberg has crafted such an interesting story, and when put to the wonderful art and colors of Jason Badower and Annette Kwok, you instantly wonder why this isn’t being published by one of the powerhouse comic companies.

The story follows Mosel Ramirez, the most selfish boy who ever lived (the book’s words, not mine). I’d like to amend that to say that Mosel is possibly the most important boy who ever lived. See, Mosel is a Fula, which means he’s kind of a God. Though actually an alien, Fula seem to have the ability to tap into the Omni which gives them almost unlimited potential powers. Mosel is being followed by a guy named Brezsny, another Fula. Brezsny wants Mosel to understand who is he so that he may one day stop a coming war. Who is starting the war and why is all part of the mystery, but when you consider that Bezsny, a Fula with almost unlimited potential powers (so it seems) needs this one boy to stop a war, you can bet that some $%!7 is about to go down.

Mosel’s love interest, Riley, is hiding a secret of her own, and only by paying attention can you figure out why her secret may become one of the most important plotlines of future volumes.

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The main antagonist through this volume appears to be a man named Willian. That same man is also Brezsny’s brother, and the scenes in which the two of them together are some of the most visually striking. You get a sense that this story could easily become a movie with some of the sudden transitions between locations and the subtle powers they are letting off while with each other.

I wouldn’t say that Fula are powered in the same way that Superman is, but I could see someone comparing them to a Green Lantern. Though they have no noticeable gimmicks to channel their power, I’d say that they have an innate ability to create, change, or otherwise alter the world around them to fit their desires. With that knowledge, that Fula can create and alter the world around them, the question remains as to why this one boy is so important.

There is also, right in the beginning of the story, a moment where we can see a lot of Fula leaving Earth. Apparently there is an organization that’s been watching them, and they are worrying because normally Fula are replaced. This tidbit of information isn’t explored to it’s full potential, leaving it to be answered in the future.

Honestly, this is one of the best looking and most interesting comic’s I’ve read in a while, and it’s a serious shame that not more people are talking about it. You have to go pick this up. As far as I could find, it is only available digitally, so grab you credit card and head over to Comixology to buy the entire volume.


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Marshall Bruno

Nostalgia obsessed nerd with poetic tendencies.