(SPOT.ph) Supernatural mysteries, a detective with a strange backstory, gritty black-and-white graphics: what more can you ask for in a comic book? For more than a decade now, Trese has brought us on a wild ride with Alexandra Trese through the magical underbelly of the Philippines. And with a Netflix animated series on the way, creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo are continuing the adventure with a seventh volume, Trese: Shadow Witness, to be launched at the Manila International Book Fair, happening from September 11 to 15, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Each copy is priced at P225.
Shadow Witness is sure to be back with all the intensity of its past volumes. Tan and Baldisimo have long been teasing readers with snippets on the Trese Facebook page but have now released the list of cases found in the seventh volume: three new ones and one reprint!
Thirteen Stations, originally printed in Jessica Hagedorn's Manila Noir, tackles hauntings at the Metro Rail Transit 3's stations—all troubled by spirits except for the 13th station.
Table for Three is a new case for Alexandra Trese. A certain pop-up restaurant, which opens only during Valentine's Day, serves up some very special dishes, care of its aswang chef. It's up to Trese to find the place before people end up on the menu.
We're also introduced to two of Trese's brothers, who feature in their very own cases. Father Matthias Trese must solve what appears to be a run-of-the-mill demonic possession of a little girl (relatively speaking) in The Exorcism of Linda Blasco. Things take a turn for the worse when his usual prayers and methods have zero effect and he discovers some terrifying family secrets.
Jimmy, the youngest Trese brother, is an "art collector." Which is a fancy way of saying that he's a master thief. In The Madrid Gig, Jimmy is on a heist in Madrid, where he hopes to bag a magical artifact that's been erased from historical records. "In all these crime scenes, only the darkest of shadows serve as witnesses to these evil deeds," says Tan in an online conversation with SPOT.ph.
It's been quite a while since the last volume of Trese was published in 2014, "but in a way, it probably just took us eight months to finish everything—assuming this was the only we worked on," says Tan. "Anyway, we’re happy that we finally got to finish Trese Book 7 and we target to release the next volume without having to wait for [another] five years," he jokes. Here's hoping the murders and mysteries continue—at least in the world of Trese.
Trese: Shadow Witness will be launched at the Manila International Book Fair, happening from September 11 to 15, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Grab a copy for P225. It will be available through Visprint online stores at Shopee and Lazada, and branches of Fully Booked, FILBAR's, Comic Odyssey, and National Book Store. It will also be available at the Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio City.