The Mythology Class and Trese: a Comparative Study Between the Two Comic Novels

Topics: Mythology, Philippine mythology, Legendary creature Pages: 13 (5490 words) Published: January 15, 2013
Jay Elora M. Villahermosa
Literature 21 Section F
IV, College of Business Adminstration

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The Mythology Class and Trese: A Comparative Study between the Two Comic Novels

The Mythology Class
Arnold Arre
Copyright 1999
350 pages

Trese: Unreported Murders and Trese: Mass Murderers
Budjette Tan and KajoBaldisimo
Copyright 2011
Paperback, 88 pages; 160 pages

Thesis: An Emerging Strategic Vision on Philippine Native Mythology in Modern Times: The Mythology Class and Trese Darna, Captain Barbell, ZsazsaZaturna, FacificaFalayfay, these are the super heroes that we all know of in this generation. To us Filipinos comics were not that of an importance because we consider them as “baduy” but because of the works of Mars Ravelo and Gerry Alanguilan they gave a shocking wave to the Filipinos that comics created by Filipino artists can be of world class quality and cannot be considered as “baduy”. Lately Filipino artists are creating comics that speak about Philippine native mythology to be able to relay the story to the new generation such as The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre and Trese by Budjette Tan and KajoBaldisimo. Before we start with that we should answer this question first, “What is mythology?” It is an organized collection of stories (i.e., "myths") by which we explain our beliefs and our history. Beneath the story-lines, myths usually confront major issues such as the origin of humanity and its traditions, and the way in which the natural and human worlds function on a profound, universal level. Other myths, however, seem merely to narrate the deities' daily activities -- their love affairs and pleasures, their jealousies and rages, their ambitions and schemes, and their quarrels and battles.(Stout, J.H., 2012) We have two graphic novels that we can proudly say that is really Filipino. We have Trese by Budjette Tan and KajoBaldisimo. Trese is a horror/crime komiks title created by writer Budjette Tan and artist KajoBaldisimo. It follows the story of Alexandra Trese, a mysterious detective that deals with crimes of supernatural origin mainly occurring in the capital region of the Philippines.Alexandra steps in to protect the streets of Manila when the police can’t deal with the supernatural weirdness that appears. Whenever she’s needed, Trese arrives, often called in by Captain Guerrero, the Commissioner Gordon to Trese’s unconventional Batman, a man who seems singularly predisposed to lean on her knowledge and specific skills. Supported by two mysterious and obviously magical creatures of uncertain powers – the always stylish Kambal, she’s always there to protect Manila from supernatural threat. Comparisons to Hellblazer and Vertigo were supplanted in this story with a familiar feel – this has the glorious scale and import of Ellis and Cassaday’s Planetary, with Trese functioning as the spiritual and supernatural protector of Manila, delivering her world safe and sound, no matter what it takes, whilst we get to investigate alongside, all the weird and wonderful her mystical existence has to offer. It fuses Philippine horror mythology with graphic storytelling and dark art in telling the story of Alexandra Trese, a detective who specializes in supernatural cases (, 2012). Even though they mentioned here that it is a horror comic once I have read it I realized that even if I read it during 3 a.m. I wouldn’t be really scared. We have grown up hearing about the different creatures in the dark that seem to scare children. We don’t venture out in after 6 p.m. because we might be kidnapped by dwendes or tikabalangs. These comics revived my interest in these creatures and realized that they are part of our culture. One would think that you were not born in the Philippines...
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