Written by Marcianno Kane, Artwork by Steven Flamenco and Erick Main
Published by Hooligans Comics
FARO is different type of story, which follows a guardian angel sent back in time to save the world his own father destroyed out of necessity. Witnessing humanity’s complete degradation into tyranny and intolerance, this brilliant scientist injects his son with some sort of super powered green liquid (which apparently allows himself to come back from the dead, better than ever) before putting him in a time capsule, sending him into the unknown and pushing the doomsday button. When we next see Faro he is a grown man at the helm of his very own flying ship and has attracted the attention of a curious, controlling, and horny demon goddess. Eventually he breaks himself free of her spell, only to be drawn into a fight with Muzio the Mauler, an opinionated man with a grudge and fighting skills to match Faro’s own.
The time setting for this issue is completely jazzy. The first few pages are set in the apocalyptic future where Manhattan is the last free area and where the scientist is delivering his infant son just in time to shoot him up and send him back, away from the clutches of the evil FBI agents (one of whom reminded me strongly of Sarah Connor). The emerald city on Manhattan isle is stunningly drawn and is one of the best pages in the book. Once Faro reappears, it is during the Civil War in New York. Before enough hints are dropped to figure out the era, however, we first meet Majesty, the sex-addicted blonde with incredible powers of persuasion, and she has one hell of an entrance. A female version of Two-Face, her outfits almost always consist of half white and half black, which match the skulls she grasps in one hand and the glowing cross in her other.
Some of the other supporting characters are just as interesting as this randy, temperamental goddess, namely the Booth brothers. Yes, Booth, as in the infamous actor and the even more infamous assassin. I enjoyed the interesting bit of historical trivia interwoven in the story, and there are some rather clever scenes. My favorite involved Faro, who is covered in nearly naked women and can’t imagine the stupidity of the person who claimed it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
More humorous panels such as that are needed to help buoy the story as it is initially rather confusing. I may be missing something, but I fully did not understand one line in the issue (in the word balloon attached to Majesty’s first appearance). Until I read the summary available on the Hooligans Comics webpage I had no idea that a) Faro is a guardian angel capable of resurrection or b) the green juice his father injected him with is the reason he can resurrect and evolve. This is a story idea with limitless potential, and I’m hoping Kane takes it all the places it can go, but a bit more background and a few more explanations of situations and events would do a great deal in helping paint a more well-rounded picture of who and what Faro is, and how he feels about his purpose.
The artwork is reminiscent of the works of Pablo Picasso, only easier on the eyes in terms of traditional placement of basic facial features, with a touch of cartoon campy-ness. Flamenco certainly doesn’t spare on the cup size, yet with most of the story taking place in a brothel one pretty much expects to see that on the ladies. As mentioned the emerald city was beautifully rendered, as are his angry faces and crazy eyes. Kudos go to the colorist for really making these panels stand out by using a broad spectrum of tastefully bright colors.
With a book like FARO, over thinking the plot is the kiss of death; you’ve just got to go along for the ride. Since this is not the traditional type of story-telling I am accustomed to, I am more than willing to keep an open mind about FARO, yet I still mandate that further depth in character history and background will create a stronger sense of attachment to the hero who was sent back to save America from evil and destruction.