4 out of 4 stars
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Jonathan, Tony, Esteban, Claude, Armand, and Celia are the Jabberwocky Band members. They had performed together for a long time; Jonathan has been playing the sax, Tony the drums, Esteban the keyboard, Claude the jazz guitar, Armand the bass, and Celia had been the singer in the group. With the addition of two other members, Rodrigo (a drummer) and Raul (a bassist), they throw their college friends a Jabberwocky reunion party. Celia had been having a relationship with Rodrigo, but she had begun hitting on Esteban. During the party, Celia is murdered.
Meanwhile, Cumpukore Company has allegedly stolen the Tridex Air Traffic Control Software owned by Candix Company, a software that was to be tested by Esteban before the murder. Jonathan, being an undercover private investigator, is contracted by Candix to investigate the theft of the software. He is also contracted by Celia's friends to investigate her murder (in which Esteban is being blamed as the prime suspect). Will he manage to unravel both mysteries? Who killed Celia, and is her murder a crime of passion? Read Sonora Pass by Jaime Olmos, a comic book.
This is the first graphic novel I've read, and it has made me fall in love with comics. I loved most aspects of this book, and I found it difficult and challenging to choose the one which I loved the most. I loved the book in its entirety, but I can narrow the enjoyment to the interesting story it narrates. The author manages to tell two stories at once without compromising either—the stories include that of the mystery of the murder of Celia at the Jabberwocky Band reunion party and the probe into the theft of Candix's Air Traffic Control Software by Cumpukore. It was thrilling to follow the stories to the end.
The mystery is also on another level, considering it is intertwined with well-sustained suspense and tension. I made several guesses to try and solve some of the mysteries as I read, and I got some correct and went completely off in some. For example, I initially thought Rodrigo was Celia's murderer because of how suspiciously he behaved by strongly blaming Esteban and because he had been in a relationship with Celia and he was seemingly overly jealous of Celia's relationship with Esteban. It came as a shock that it wasn't as I had thought and neither was Esteban the murderer—the cause of the murder was something unlikely to happen, something from Celia's past.
I may not be able to list everything I liked due to the word limit and for the sake of the review's brevity. However, I can summarize the comic as an amazing, well-written book with an amazing narration that kept me on the edge of my seat to the last page. It is a masterpiece of perfect narration at its core.
However, the book has a few errors, but it seems professionally edited. It has a profane word and a slightly erotic scene, so it isn't an age-appropriate book for younger audiences. Weighing all these factors, the book deserves a 4 out of 4. I found nothing negative about it, so there's no reason to deduct a star.
I recommend the book to those who like graphic novels or comics that are inclined to romance and crime mystery.
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