Comic Book Review: Bloodlines #1

– by Jeremy Scully
Bloodlines

STORY BY

JT Krul

ART BY

V. Ken Marion, Sean Parsons

COLORS BY

Andrew Dalhouse

LETTERS BY

Sal Cipriano

COVER BY

V. Ken Marion, Sean Parsons, Peter Steigerwald, Jill Thompson [hide...]

PUBLISHER

DC Comics

COVER PRICE:

$2.99

RELEASE DATE

Apr 6th, 2016

Synopsis:

When a meteor crashes to Earth, bringing with it an unspeakable alien presence that terrorizes a nearby small town, the lucky ones die first. As for the rest, they find themselves locked in a hellish struggle for control of their bodies and their minds. This isn’t just an invasion. It’s an infestation. What would you do if the greatest threat to humanity was hidden away inside of you?

Review:

Bloodlines #1 plays out a lot like a horror TV show. JT Krul sets up the initial ominous entry of the dark alien entity and then jumps right into character reveals and subplots. We essentially get our cast and right off the bat from our main protagonist waking up in bed to get ready for school; I could almost hear the TV show soundtrack playing. From this point on the story pretty much plays out like a CW teen horror show. Which isn’t a bad thing! Characters are introduced organically and we get a short and sweet “hello” to all the players. What I find most interesting about the series is how when it's all said and done, these are going to be new characters in the DC universe (which is undergoing Rebirth soon, so I wonder how relevant any of this story will end up being?). Honestly, it works more like a hybrid between the Vertigo line up and Wildstorm imprint. The latter is thanks to V. Ken Marion’s awesome artwork. It harkens back to the days of “extreme” comics from the 90s except much cleaner. Andrew Dalhouse brings it again with fantastic vibrant colors that work perfect with Marion’s line art. I’m curious to see how the rest of the cast get their powers and what their final roles will be in the new DC universe.

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  • The Hey!: Simple but effective story telling from JT Krul, which finds a way to bring in a lot of characters without it feeling clustered.
  • The Eh: The flipside to the above is that some of these characters as of now feel very generic and fit some standard archetypes you’d find in a teen horror movie/TV show. Hopefully we will see them grow and develop more.
  • The What?!: Marion’s art has been a standout since Jirni [ASPEN comics], and he continues to put some awesome work on display here as well, I’m looking forward to when he can really unleash some of the powers these characters will be showcasing.
  • Who should read this series?: If you enjoy monster horror stories then you can potentially get into this. It’s a very loose call back to an older DC comics storyline that had never really developed into anything significant (except the Hitman series which is still a classic). Hopefully we will get more out of this newer revamped version.
  • Why should you buy this book?: It’s the start of everything, from the initial introduction, the team of Marion and Dalhouse deliver some fantastic pages.

Score: B

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