Long ago, Indonesians had many creative comic creators. You can mention R.A. Kosasih who previously wrote Ramayana or Mahabharata comic books, or any traditional folklore in Indonesians’ sphere. He was well-known as a father of Indonesian comic and his books sounded as Indonesian comic representative. One of comic books he wrote was Sri Asih. This figure tells mostly about local woman superhero which has ability to fight enemies and rescue its people. But, this was just a long ago and right now, we mostly face comics from outside of Indonesia.
To hydrate our thirsty on Indonesian comics, there is an Indonesian young man who tries to create a figure and he puts this figure into a comic called Methal Pertiwi. Sofyan Syarief as one of creators of its figure; calls the figure as JagoRockk. The figure has a strong body, a messy hair, and a skull face. A mission of him is simple; the purpose of his each journey is to find his soul mate. But, the mission is not easy to be completed, because the journey is more complicated than he expected.
In his new comic – Methal Pertiwi: Wisata Kanuragan – Sofyan Syarief tried to make a plot for its figure. The plot is quite interesting for readers to enter the writer’s mind. But, the most interesting part of its comic is not a plot, but the small details of the story. It stories Indonesians’ humors and documents Indonesians’ daily life as well.
In this comic, you can find well-known Indonesian traditional food like rendang paru which is mentioned here, or sometimes you can find Indonesians’ daily language which is adopted in this book, like “terus gue musti bilang “aung” gitu?”And, the comic also tells the influence of Korean culture in Indonesia indirectly. Yes, all Indonesians’ day to day life has been documented well here. And, sometimes the setting place – Ratnakalinda – reminded readers to a metropolitan city, a tourist city, and a traditional city in Indonesia. Maybe, the creator mixed those cities as a setting place harmoniously. For readers, this book is a small place for every Indonesian or people who want to learn about Indonesians, because the comic represents every detail of Indonesian people. And, Indonesian readers shall laugh out loud every time reading daily humors written in this comic.
We need something deeper to analyze this book, maybe we have to do an ethnographic study or a discourse analysis for understanding deeper this comic, because its comic is not only telling a story, but it offers Indonesians’ daily life into a comic. And, yes, we can call this comic as one of Indonesian comic representatives nowadays, because it honestly tells Indonesians’ life circumstance.
The story and every small detail in this book shall be a document of Indonesians in the future. And, to know the figure briefly, this is an introduction of its figure in the beginning of the story:
Ladies and Macho Men,
There was a time, longer than you think but sooner than you know, a time of swords, sorcery and myths.
An age when this world was ruled by the Primordial deities in their empyrean throne of the everlasting sky.
An age when the great empires of four slumbering antediluvian colossal emerged as the jewels of the earth.
An age when the seven renegade dragons lurked in the four corners of the universe.
An age when the offspring of Set gaze upon the distant stars on heaven for the very first time.
An age when a mysterious, leather clad, skull faced young warrior with a long-black-curly mullet roamed the world under the celestial kingdom.
The steel muscle from the south east region.
The one who overpowered the fiend that plagued Asmara river.
The conqueror of the great moss serpent.
The one that subdued the malignant scourge of Dalem forest.
The one with the “single” status of his accounts.
The one that was known as Jago Rockk.
After twenty summers, twenty rain seasons, and Five leap years. He ventured beyond the mundane plain of his homeland far, far away…
Sit back, grab some nibbles and let me take you to the realm of so-so adventure…