“Crowbar Medicine, Part 1”
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Leonard Kirk
Inks: Robin Riggs
Colors: Moose Baumann
Letters: Rob Leigh
Covers: Leonard Kirk w/ Moose Baumann, Cully Hamner
Review by Scott Keys
Resurrection seems to be a common theme in comics today. This book is a perfect example of a creator’s perseverance and dedication to his creation. Bloodhound’s journey started almost 10 years ago, and at another publisher! Does this relaunch live up to it’s predecessor?
If you enjoyed the previous run, you’ll definitely enjoy this series! As Jolley himself notes in the letters page at the end, Clev and Saffron have been talking to him since the end of the first series, and he doesn’t miss a beat with this inaugural issue. The writing was great, and you do feel as if these characters are real people, and you can definitely tell Clev and Saffron are uneasy partners, but they trust one another. Jolley’s characters feel real, and with the introduction of Morgenstern at the end (super-powers, anyone?), this mini-series is stacking up to be quite a fun ride!
Let’s not forget about the art team! Jolley was able to “get the band back together,” with Kirk, Riggs, and Baumann all reprising their roles from the initial series at DC Comics. I’ve been a fan of Kirk’s pencils since his days on Supergirl, and his work has not diminished whatsoever. He does such a great job with showing human emotion, and in this issue, destruction. Of course, without Riggs and Baumann you just have unfinished pencils. Riggs’ detailed ink work and Baumann’s beautiful colors really bring everything together…they are truly a “team!”
As you can see, I enjoyed reading this book, and I’m interested in seeing where it leads from here (not just this mini, but will we see more Bloodhound in the future?). Even if you didn’t read the original, it’s a nice look at what would happen in the “real” world if super-powered people suddenly started showing up. Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1 is a powerful issue and a great jumping-on point!
Art: 4.5 / 5
Story: 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
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