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12 midnight at Metro Manila.Try to remain calm if you suddenly spot a tikbalang speeding down EDSA or a manananggal swooping across the Makati skyline While partying at the Fort, never ever let the enkanto at the bar buy you a drink.Yet, there are deadlier things than walk the streets of this city.One of them now demands blood and sacrifice.When crime takes a turn for a weird, the police call Trese. To say that I was expecting a good read from my continued foray into the supernatural world of Alexandra Trese her ghoul fighting righthand Twins is an understatement In fact, it was an awesome read Expecting another series of paranormal vignettes stitched together with creative storyline by Budjette Tan sharp depictive drawings by Koji Baldisimo plus the promise of clues hints to questions that loyal readers have wanted to be answered were just some of the expectations that greeted me when I started book 3 But when I saw that it opens with a murder in walks Anton Trese into the scene with our heroine, I knew that this was not just another book to be added onto the series, but rather was the beginning of a history lesson one that should not be hurried.At first seeing Anton Trese alive with no preamble whatsoever, it initially got me confused but having trusted the material so far, I owed myself as a reader to be led into the journey We immediately pick up that this is a prequel and see that Alexandra has always been into the family business And at 16 she had promise held her own supernatural ground when enemies come knocking But in the course of the reading, Alexandra along with her father uncovered the presence of the Bukidnon god of war, Talugbusao, connected in a series of murders On top of that she must take care of its accursed progeny face 3 trials to prove her worth as a champion, being the 6th child of the Trese line.I don t want to say a lot and give too much detail about the plot but let me just go out on a limb and say that Budjette has certainly brilliantly and cohesively weaved a tale that brings everything full circle in this 3rd book and like my favorite Tv show, Charmed, their 3rd season, as well as Book 3 of Trese provides the best writing of the series so far With much care, not to mention creativity, in presenting Alexandra Trese both as a new player in the supernatural community and one who doesn t shirk away from responsibility, I hope that Budjette has fully accepted that his responsibility to us the readers is to continue to give us amazing Trese adventures with each book outing while celebrating the culture that is ours that is Filipino.Fans of the Kambal will have a lot to cheer about in this one I know I did And loudly too while reading.More power Budjette and Kajo May you always be inspired to equally inspire us all If you love art, it will love you back.Now off to..work.and with Book 4 in tow hehe Originally posted here This volume is not like the previous Trese graphic novels While the foundation of the plots of Murder on Balete Drive and Unreported Murders were based on entirely different cases, the cases presented in Mass Murders were all connected to one another, revealing the intricate web of the Trese clan and Alexandra s heritage In my past reviews of Trese , I have been constantly looking for something to explain how Alexandra Trese became who she is in the present, along with the mystery of how the kambal are so devoted to her in the first place After a year of waiting for those who followed Trese since it first came out in 2008 , or appropriately, 3 days for me since I bought the first two volumes first , those niggling questions finally got answered.I am not going to spoil anything by typing in Alexandra Trese s family history and everything, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this volume This is my favorite yet from the series, and the difference in thickness between this book and its predecessor Unreported Murders only had 88 pages which definitely left me hanging was really good for me who wanted to read of Alexandra and her adventures For people who love learning about the history and background of the characters they are reading about, this book would prove to be an enjoyable one, though like most series books, answers only enough questions to leave you thirsting for I don t mind this, since I very well intend to read all the Trese books in existence Budjette Tan s writing was splendid The dialogue, the plot, the little twists and descriptions, everything , was perfect Gah I can t spazz enough.Another thing If you enjoy reading superhero comic books and the like, I m pretty sure you ll like Mass Murders as well It is exactly as its title suggests There are a lot of action scenes that hardly require any speech bubbles because KaJo Baldisimo s drawings make you understand what is going on at once There s a lot of fighting and gore, which I find really cool because, in my opinion, most of the paranormal stories I ve read have helpless victims who never see the light of the next day Having a strong heroine who the monsters are afraid of is an idea I really love Reading Mass Murders for me is like okay, I was about to say pizza, since after you re done with the whole thing you still want , but I think that only applies to me and other very hungry people, but you get the point I really loved this, and I am in love with the series than ever 5 stars Why Alexandra Trese I was convinced by a high school friend to read this series because of their flagship project in this book.Alexandra Trese started way way back as a concept from a radio station featuring Anton Trese and his etudes from the underworld From this man we owe the birth of the idea that there is to solve than human committed crimes, and how justice is served one way or the other When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.And so these first three volumes encapsules her first thirteen cases.Case 1 At the intersection of Balete and 13th Street 2 stars The introduction of the White Lady rationale is not really justified Maybe this is to give a twist to the white lady appearing in that street But the introduction of the balance that the underworld seeks is shown in the first file True enough, tales from our lolos and lolas tell us not to meddle with foreign spirits if they bring you no harm Or else they will seek payback And the nuno sa manhole is cute, and likes chocolates Case 2 Rules of the Race 2 stars The young maverick of the Tikbalang tribe was introduced as a teaser for the other books Budjette Tan unraveled It s about the stubborness of the younger ones on what extent they would want to prove themselves, and how much is the drive for you to get it And yeah, cuties from the Wind Tribe appeared.Case 3 The Tragic Case of Dr Burgos I LIKE 4 stars it is a challenge for Budjette and Kajo to do an underworld case with a touch of a tragic love story Santelmo root word St Elmo s fire was introduces as the fire spirit from the Great Binondo fire Assu Ang s daughter, Oriol is also introduced, and we Pinoys know how bad this creature is They play your heart, they suck your blood, they extract your soul This case is not a cold one, but full of fire And the meow chronicles how our little munings communicate with each other and the Cat Whispherer Manang Muning amazed me DCase 4 Our Secret Constellation 4 Stars NO SPOILERS Budjette and Kajo Dedicated this episode to Mars Ravelo and to Warren Ellis You ll know why when you read this file.Case 5 A Little Known Murder in Studio 4 3 stars Of handlers and of Stars, aspiring for money, men and drugs URGH SHOWBIZ, I know, but the creators knew how to fit GREED very well in this case.Case 6 The Outpost on Kalayaan Street 4 stars because of a ZOMBIE INFESTATION Case 7 Embrace of the Unwanted 3 stars I remember my dad telling me a weird story of the son who is being kept under the sewers and how the hidden spaces of the malls looked like Believe me, I ve been there once Case 8 The Association Dues of Livewell Village 4 stars May Liwanag ang buhayCase 9 A Private Retaliation 5 stars Anton appeared Case 10 Patient 414 in Mandaluyong 5 stars Tagbalusao appeared Case 11 The Fort Bonifacio Massacre 5 stars Kambal appeared Case 12 The Baptism of Alexandra Trese 5 stars Tribe of the Trese appeared Case 13 An Act of War 5 stars conclusion to Tagbalusao, of Basilio and Crispin, and of Trese knowing her resolve to do her Babaylan Mandirigma duties.To note why Cases 9 13 are all 5 stars They are not created to be stand alone files, they are chronicles of a history once forgotten Wesee how Alexandra evolved from a teenager to a defender We see how she aaccepted her duty as a priestess and a warrior.ALEXANDRA TRESE ROCKS Sorry this review sucked I think I am not tired of fangirling, I should stop. Finally A back story Now I know about Trese s loyal sidekicks and how she got them I think I would ve loved this if the scenes involving the family were stretched out but it s alright I ll take what I can get Also, awww at the twins loyalty Those 2 are just adorable. Full post at One More PageWhen I finished the second Trese book Unreported Murders , I was very, very glad to have the third book on hand, because despite my being successfully creeped out, I still wanted The thinness of the second book guaranteed a thirst for Trese, and I think the creators satiated that thirst with the third volume.Instead of the usual unconnected paranormal crimes, the third book regales us with Alexandra Trese s history We are introduced to the Trese clan, especially Alexandra s father and grandfather, how she became what she was now and the prophecy that surrounded her birth We are also introduced to how the Kambal the two guys in masks who act as Trese s bodyguards and helpers came to be who they are, and what those masks represent We get to know what makes Trese special or not , and even what her outfit means And, we also get to know one of Trese s greatest nemesis, one that I am pretty sure would make a come back in the future books.I love exploring a character s history, so this third book is my favorite of all so far I loved seeing the younger Trese, I loved reading about her family and her weapons I liked how this book showed a little of who she is, and how she became a little bit cold and aloof This book showed her with a little emotion, although I kind of wished for a bit I guess Still, this book showed greater insight on this heroine that I ve already started liking a lot I am also very glad that the Kambal were given a focus here, even if I was a tiny bit confused at first because I thought the Pack was the Kambal, too I liked their character development, how they changed and became Trese s friends, too.I m not much into graphic novels, as I mentioned before, but I really liked Trese I am glad to say that Alexandra Trese has just joined the list of my favorite heroines in 2011 I now join the other fans in eager anticipation of the next volume sometime this year, I hope The authors posted a preview of a one of the cases here but I must say , please Mass Murders is so far my favorite in the Trese series The backstory is excellent Looking forward to finishing the rest D May you find the road that will bring you further discover the path that will bring you answers find the one that will bring you home This is by far my favorite volume of the series I get to know about the life and history of Alexandra Trese, along with The Diabolical and The Kambal The I read the series, the I become fond of it. Mass Murders is the third book featuring the adventures of Alexandra Trese, the supernatural protector of her city, one mundane and another that lives within its dark places The third book is different from the first two volumes While those two were a collection of short stories, this is a true graphic novel The five inter connected stories in this book can be taken individually as self contained stales, but gives the reader a payoff when read together This is Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo s most ambitious work in the Trese series by far.In order to review this book, which a productive of sequential storytelling the merging of narrative and visual medium, I ve decided to split it into components, story and art I find that this approach will fit this particular title since both creative chores are handled by two different people It must be noted however I find that their collaboration is almost flawless Baldisimo with his visual storytelling chops does justice to Tan s script.The third Trese book is a true graphic novel, it has a beginning and it ends definitively It is a satisfying read The creative team here shows that they are not afraid to experiment by departing from their initial formula of short stories They also have recurring characters from the previous books appear here, but not in the form that you would expect If this book is released as a Marvel comic title, this would be issue number 1 and 0 The whole book is a prequel of the first two book It starts with Alexandra apprenticing for her father who acts in the role that she will eventually inherit The Kambal are also introduced here as mischievous twins with very vicious streaks They are revealed to have a connection to the main villain of this story Alexandra also receives here baptism here as a warrior priestess and thus the origin of her enchanted coat and kris, which she receives as gifts for her upcoming trials It is during this time that we will be given a glimpse of the two possible futures Alexandra is destined This could be potential storylines to build upon in future volumes or red herrings to throw the readers off track.The art is a definite improvement from the first two books Baldisimo is starting to find his voice The art is probably the most under appreciated aspect of Trese Much praise is given to Tan for the story, but Baldisimo s contribution is often overlooked His lines are crisp and his storytelling skills are solid The stark black and white is appropriate for the character with noir elements.Baldisimo s significant contribution in this book aside from the art would have to be origin of the Kambal There is a deleted caption that was supposed to appear in Book One that reveals the origin of the twins as aswang half breeds But Baldisimo suggested dedicating an entire story for the background of the twins The Kambal become much nuanced characters because of it They are no longer half breed aswang, but something else entirely and something fearsome.Baldisimo s design of the main villain Talagbusao, a war god who feeds in the savagery and chaos of combat, is hyper detailed It must have been a pain for the artist to render such detail every time the character appeared on panel This character appears to be visually different from the characters It seems that Baldisimo uses a different style to make stand out in the panels His work on Talagbusao channels Joe Kubert s Hawkman and Tarzan Talagbusao exudes such power and savagery it emanates off the pages, appropriate for a war god.There are so many thing to like about Mass Murders the graphic novel format, the origin story, the prophecies and the art There is one , that I hope the creators resolve in the future The most pivotal battle in the Alexandra s path to becoming a warrior priestess happens off panel It had the makings of an epic battle, and I feel cheated that isn t rendered in ink.But not even that will nullify the five stars I give to this book Trese is the best Philippine graphic novel series and this is the best volume so far. Probably the best among the series I have yet to read the other volumes though.