In the first volume, Trese: Murder on Balete Drive, we are introduced to Alexandra and her team, and the second volume, Trese: Unreported Murders, showed us one peculiar procedural after another. But it is in this third volume, Trese: Mass Murders, where we find out where and how Alexandra Trese came to be who and where she is. Instead of hemming us in, Trese: Mass Murders actually opens up another world of narrative possibilities.
The rabid fan following Trese has earned is impressive, and that only adds to the fact that in Trese, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo has crafted a testament to the limitless capacity of the Filipino imagination, as well as one of the best Filipino comic books of all time.
It is for those reasons that Trese: Mass Murders is given the National Book Award for Graphic Literature.
|the 2009 National Book Awards Trophy|
|Nida tries to lift the award as Ruey de Vera reads the citation|
|Nida, reading our acceptance speech / challenge to the publishers to make more comics|
thanks to Ruey de Vera for sending us a copy of this citation
thanks to Nida for the pictures