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Last Seen After Midnight

(Trese #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Black and white comic paperback with dust jacket,Volume 4
Paperback, First Edition, 108 pages
Published September 2011 by Visual Print Enterprises
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: Ariel Acupan
Cadena de Amor 1 star – I just did not get this. The story is about an old woman who can spread vines (that reminded me of a recent read The Ruins that I really liked) like spreading dust at Sahara Desert. There is a scene when the responding police said: “I should’ve brought the lawn mower!” Hello, the lawn mower is for grass and not vines. Then I just did not see the connection of the old woman and Florabelle who was abducted by the hooligans aboard the ship, and the old woman. Why would the o ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Original post at One More Page

When I finished reading Trese a few months back, I was very excited to read the next book. Truth be told, I thought the fourth book was already out last year, so I added it in my Christmas wish list. Oops, my bad!

So I wasn't exactly sure when the next installment would be out, but I wasn't really in a big hurry because there were still too many books on my TBR. However, I admit to letting out a squeal of delight when I heard of the launch of the fourth book. Of
Nicolo Yu
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ishna
Shelves: philippine-komix
The book was so highly anticipated that I’d be tempted to give it a full five star rating. The build up to the launch Trese 4 was so hyped that I fear it may fall flat. But that was no need; it was well organized and coordinated that almost all National Bookstore branches had copies two days after the event.

Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo bring their A game in Trese 4. KaJo even improves here, his drawings are crisp and detailed his fight scenes bloody with flying sweat and blood and his monster
Maria Ella
I was first introduced to Alexandra Trese and her Kambal from a friend of mine who is a fan of Budjette and Kajo, the same guy who fell in love with the metaphor of The Clinic in the Underpass Comics (read his blog here)

He then forwarded me to this blog to get to know Trese better.

She is awesome.

Budjette and Kajo's black-and-white-way of retelling Philippine folklore has a different tone from CLAMP's storytelling of Japanese folklore through Yuuko and her explanations to xxxholic. While Yuuko i
4.5 stars! 'Fight of the Year' is my favorite story in this collection. In fact, I would say that it's my favorite story in the series so far. Well, okay it's tied with the Kambal's backstory. But yeah, those are definitely my top 2.
I was first introduced to the Trese series by a colleague of mine at the university I'm teaching at, who chose to discuss the comics as part of her class. She encouraged me to read them, and I was immediately hooked. I love mythology and folktales and horror, especially local ones. And I also love Mike Mignola's Hellboy, so falling in love with Trese really wasn't so hard.

But to call Trese a "Filipino Hellboy" would be doing a great disservice to its creator and writer, Budjette Tan, and its art
5 stars out of 5. And it's just getting better and better!

Each time I read a volume of Trese I always have high expectations and with all honesty, the book is not a let down. It's like the story and the art just keeps on improving every volume. This volume is just as good as its predecessors. This volume follows some new adventures of Alexandra Trese and the Kambal (Twins) in helping the authorities solve crime of supernatural causes in Metro Manila.

The first story, Cadena de Amor, follows an ol
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! After 17 cases, Trese still seethes with its trademark edginess and darkness. The new volume again exhibits a nuanced manipulation of its source materials. Budjette and Kajo’s execution is still tops. As we’ve come to expect, the stories are tight, well crafted. The artwork, a work of art. It’s amazing how the interest is sustained and how the telling of stories shows remarkable restraint in their emotional effects. By the last case, the deliberate branching out to pop culture ...more
Jalyn Arianne
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading this, I went back to the time where I still believe that kapre, tikbalang, mananaggal, duwende, nuno sa punso, engkanto are all true. I still used the phrase "tabi-tapi po" when I put our garbages outside the house or when I'm walking in a place full of grass and trees. I even want to read American Gods and Sandman because of this comic series. As my friend said to me once, "They are all true and they still exist, as long as you believe in them."

Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo extract th
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I like Last Seen After Midnight.


Out of the four cases in Last Seen After Midnight, I only liked The Fight of the Year. That is one intriguing story. :)

Oh, wait. I think A Private Collection appealed a little bit to me. I thought Trese was going down and the villain was going to win, but no. So that case turned out okay.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
WOW. I seriously love how the author makes a dig at Filipino folklores/culture/icons and still make it sound so --- I dunno decent and worthy? It's also scary how she managed to make even the seemingly mundane heartbreak as caused by some underworld creature. I need to red something lighter to get these scenes out of my head!
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just bought this from the 38th MIBF and I looked at all my purchases thinking how expensive all of it were. I finished this and I remembered why I spend money on books. It's because they are worth it.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
RTC! Still love it though!!
Rosette Adel
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Last seen after midnight comes with four cases and my favorite one is the "Wanted: Bedspacer." I gotta love the Cadena de Amor too, was not really expecting Ehead's Huling El Bimbo to be part of this horror collections. But it's nevertheless, good.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This features another 4 amazing Pinoy urban fantasy stories.

Nick Klagge
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
See my review of Trese #1, "Murder on Balete Drive," for a broader view of the series.

I love Trese but felt this was the weakest volume of those I have read. The four "cases" in it are fairly episodic and disconnected from one another, and don't do much to advance our knowledge of Alexandra Trese or the relationships between characters.

By far the best of the four cases in this volume is "Wanted: Bedspacer." It has a great noir-ish, sorrowful story, and is the most "detective-y" and least "action
Ayanami Faerudo
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5

There was an afterword that said there was a project way back when to turn a Trese story to a ten-minute movie. It fell through.

I still maintain that this would be a good TV series...:
*with the right director
*with writers who won't fall victim to Philippine TV norms; who will take risks
*with staying true to the essence of Trese
*with an episode per week broadcast
Aviecayl Uy
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another favorite!

"Trese #4: Last Seen After Midnight" by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo reminded me of how I felt about Trese #2 (which was my current favorite in this series, by the way). The stories were such a pleasure to read (especially the story about bangungot and the one about the fight. I had not stressed this enough yet, but the illustrations were getting better and better!

My actual rating was 4.75/5 stars.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here !

Last Seen After Midnight is the fourth in the series of highly successful komiks by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo. I was very much excited to read this after the impact of the third Trese book, Mass Murders, because even though I said last time that it answers much of my questions, admittedly, I can never get enough Trese. Unlike its predecessor, Last Seen After Midnight has taken after the first two volumes, wherein the cases are stand-alone. There is no story arc tha
Miel Salva
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to read the rest of the series even when volumes 4-6 were already in my ever growing pile of to-be-read books since early this year.

After reading a romance novel, I picked ‘Last Seen at Midnight’ at the same hour and because what’s the best time to read a paranormal work than during Trick or Treat/Halloween parties?

Anyway, Trese is one of the Filipino comics I bought because it gives a fresh twist on Filipino myth and ghost stories. And in this particular volume, I am amazed b
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
After a long absence, Trese is back. And still as good as before. I really hope to see more of her adventures and on a regular basis too. I think the second and third stories were the strongest in this collection but the first one was quite good too.

(The last story was a bit too... um... I'm lost for words here... so I think I'll go with "heavy-handed"... for my tastes.)

I'm also still hoping that the creative team eventually decide to release the comics in a larger-sized format as to showcase
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again, the tag team of Budjette Tan & Kajo Baldisimo amazed me. For every book these two releases, you could clearly see their growth as an artist. For every episode of Trese's adventrue we stumble upon, likewise, we witness the character's growth as her tale progress.

In this volume, Last Seen After Midnight, I'd say Wanted: Bedspacer is the best Trese story there is and Fight of the Year comes to a close second. Budjette's imagination and unconventional way of telling these stories he
Aljohn Laid
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Initial thoughts:
1. Among the cases that Alexandra has investigated, the cases in this volume get better. And the artwork too.

1. More exposure of the Trese boys please!
2. Character development for the lead character. She can't be all too kick-ass and not have her own inner battles. I'm mean, come on you're already on the 6th issue. Something should happen.
3. The Madam is someone to watch out for.
4. Consistent drawings/sketches for the upcoming books. The art of Book 6 is reaaally good! The
Christopher Jed
Trese is a one of the few good comics I read. I've been following the series since it was introduced to me by a friend last year. Of all the five books, I think this one (Book 4) is the weakest. Budjette Tan is a good writer but I don't get Cadena de Amor and the "bangungot" lore in Wanted: Bedspacer. Moreover, it is still creative in a way that it is refreshing. I REALLY like the Fight of the Year story though, very good. Budjette Tan is a great writer and Kajo Baldisimo is a great illustrator.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels

I think this is my favorite Trese book so far.

Case 1 incorporated an Eheads song.

Case 2 featured mananangals with machine guns.

Case 3's story is a must read. Nuff said.

Case 4 is almost on par with Case 3. I'm just a casual fan of Pacquiao but their dark twisted take on Pacquiao's rise to stardom was simply inspired. I like how they continued the trend from the previous Trese books, where there's no closure or happy ending after each case. Maybe it's just me, but I tend to obsess and w
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trese, is probably the first filipino illustrated and written Comics that I fell inlove with.
Seriously,when I bought its first book, I read it 3x until I got a copy of the other books.
This is a book that is not boring, always interesting and oftenly...surprising.
If I were you I'll keep a copy of this in my shelf. ;)
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-comics
This comic book series is awesome. I love how the last story referenced a character that clearly represented Manny Pacquiao, and just generally how this series puts modern day, pop culture and Philippine folklore and mythology (which I honestly wouldn't pay much attention to at all otherwise) together so well. :D
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Book #146 for 2011

Natuwa ako kasi naging setting dito ang Katipunan. Tsaka dito ko nalaman ang pinagkaiba ni Batibat at Bangungot. Dahil sa Trese, naalala ko yung mga panahong naglalaro kami sa hardin ng Lola ko. Tapos nagsasabi kami ng "Tabi tabi po." Alam pa kaya ng kabataan ngayon kung ano yun at para saan yun?
Ian Cruz
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very nice addition to the "Trese" collection. Sleek pencilling and inking make this one of the most memorable Filipino graphic novels ever. Kajo and Budjette had once again outdid themselves with volume 4. I hope to see more of these detective stories in the next chapters. Certainly, the build-up of character profiles will make an impact come volume 5. I cannot wait.
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorite
I got real excited to have my hands on this volume. There's a story with a Bangungot behind the deaths of the tenants. I was shock that the obese person sitting on the person and dies on his/her sleep was actually a Batibat.
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Budjette is a founding member of Alamat Comics. He has since written comic-book stories like Batch72, The Flying Phantom, and Payaso. His most recent work is Trese, co-created with artist KaJo Baldisimo. Like any typical superhero, he keeps a secret identity and works as the Deputy Executive Creative Director in the ad agency Harrison Communications.

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Other books in the series

Trese (6 books)
  • Murder on Balete Drive (Trese, #1)
  • Unreported Murders (Trese, #2)
  • Mass Murders (Trese, #3)
  • Midnight Tribunal (Trese, # 5)
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