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In our world there exists an ancient religion with many names and many disguises: Candomble, Palo Mayombe, Santeria… Voodoo. FBI agent Martin Irons is sent to investigate the sudden deaths of an entire gathering of followers at a ceremony, an assignment horrible enough before one of the mangled corpses rises and leads him on a sinister path. A new horror story with possessions, santeros, zombies… all set to the thunderous boom of drums!
It’s not very often that comics draw audible gasps or any noise at all from me. I pretty reserved when I’m taking in my comics but there was a moment in this book when I simply let it slip. Holy Shit. That’s the only thought that could describe the two page spread that momentarily left me speechless before I let these two words fly. Lucky for me that wasn’t the only holy shit moment as this comic is full of them.
Drums is the story of an FBI agent sent to central Florida to investigate a mass death at a large religious ritual. With no clues and only a large pile of bodies he sets out with Cultural Anthropoligist Michelle Hernandez to investigate the mysterious underworld of complicated African based religions. Full of twist and turns all stemming from the mysterious murders it’s a story like i’ve never read in a comic before.
Writer El Torres does an amazing job of creating a hot, steamy world full of danger and violence. The dialogue is smart, full of information relevant to the story, and moves the pace along quickly and if you ever get confused by any of the religious terminology you can flip to the end of the story and check out the handy glossary of terms to help guide you through this complex story.
This is the type of book that careers are built upon and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series. If you are tired of the relentless rehashing of super hero stories in comics and are looking for a change of pace than this is a great book to pick up and I would definitely recommend it.