Trese: Stories from the Diabolical – Let's start with this (back to comics #1)

by - April 22, 2015

It's been almost two years since I stopped reading comics because my focus shifted to work and getting serious with crafting. I have comic books that were bought years ago but haven't read until now. My last Komikon was back in 2013 and my loot from the event are still stocked in the shelves.

Today I have decided to start reading comics again.

Recently, I've been reading the fiction books of my sister (by the way, I have never liked reading books) with the purpose of exercising my brain since I have lost a number of brain skills after graduating from college. She lent me books for teens/young adult, which I actually enjoyed; I specifically asked for something that's easy to read and understand and most especially, HINDI MALAS!

Then I thought to myself, if I can now read and finish my sister's books in a day, why don't I start reading my comics again?

So I put back in the shelves my sister's book that I was supposed to read next and went to the section of my unread comics, specifically looking for "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady" of Carlo Vergara and the individual issues of "Myth Space: Lift Off" by Paolo Chikiamco and Koi Carreon. Then I saw a neatly plastic-wrapped book with a black cover.

"Stories from the Diabolical"

I had forgotten that I have a copy of this. I definitely had to start with this.

So I took out this Trese book by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo and started flipping through the pages. This book was in prose format but I knew I wouldn't have a problem with it since I had practiced with my sister's books.

Oh how I missed the world of Trese. It was such a very good feeling reading something new (though the book's been with me for a year and half already) from one of the comic series that I really enjoy. I got to reminisce some of the earlier stories (cases) of the comics. And THE KAMBAL!! Oh how I definitely missed the kambal. I love The Kambal! Seeing their first appearance on page 4 made me super enthusiastic. Basilio with his playful smirk and his kuya's charmingly firm aura, reading on their giggles on the Brim Yap Tan scene, oh, I wanted to reread Trese 3.

Trese 3 is my favorite since it highlights the kambal.

I am not a a fan of long paragraphs but ironically I have a habit of reading introductions, dedications, and end notes of comic books. And I was glad to have carried out this habit when I picked up Stories from the Diabolical because it made me appreciate the ending of the first story, "One Last Drink at the Diabolical". Budjette mentioned that this story was supposed to be an introduction to Trese's world, so at the end where Trese received a text message from Capt. Guerrero asking her to come to Balete immediately, I smiled and understood what it meant. It was now the start of the Trese books (the first case of book one is "At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street").

I think I will reread Trese 3 and buy Trese 6 soon. Teehee.

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