Written by Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) and illustrated by Raúl Treviño (Tinkers of the Wasteland), Sombra is a gripping exploration of the War on Drugs and the double-edged sword of American intervention, informed by Treviño’s experiences in his Mexican homeland. Conrad Marlowe was a respected DEA agent when he disappeared in Mexico while investigating the ruthless drug cartels. Years later, he has resurfaced as a cult leader who has made it his mission to out-brutalize the cartels terrorizing the country. The only DEA agent willing to follow his trail of violence is his own daughter, Danielle, and with the help of a journalist on the ground, she’ll have to face the horrors of what her father has become if she wants to survive and bring him to justice.

Let’s face it, there are just a whole lot of rather frightening things that go on in the the world. Most often, we only really know about these things through movies, books and other fiction. With firsthand experiences aiding the material, Sombra takes a unique look at the cartels of Mexico.

This intense title follows DEA agent Danielle, daughter of once respected top agent Conrad Marlowe. Having gone missing years ago in his investigation of the Mexican drug cartel, he has now resurfaced but not the same. Heading there and using whatever means necessary, Danielle hopes to track her father down with the help of a local journalist. She does finally make contact, as the journalist was under Conrad’s employ and lured her in. As the cult leader to malleable minds of young children, Conrad wants to take down the cartels his own way. An all out fight with Conrad’s former protege and their respective forces ensues, with Danielle barely making it out alive. With all the video the journalist has taken through the end, it is then up to her to show the world the truth.

Not only was Raúl Treviño integral in providing his own experiences in Mexico to the story, but gives us the art as well. It’s a pretty solid book of illustrations, especially the intense scenes of course. There are some areas that weren’t as strong, but overall it did not hurt the quality of the visuals.

We know some of the general idea of what happens in Mexico with the cartels, but getting first hand knowledge is intriguing. It was a scary but interesting look at the untold things that can happen there. It won’t take an army of violent children to acquire a copy and it’s not a bad book to add to your stash.

For more on Sombra or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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