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Friday, November 8, 2013

Comic Review: Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1

Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1
Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Inker:Robin Riggs
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Cover Artist: Cully Hamner
Genre: Crime, Superhero
Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: October 16, 2013
Format: b&w, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC:7 61568 23752 8 00121
Travis Clevenger may not have superpowers, but he can put a beatdown on anyone who does! Consulting with the FBI in exchange for release from prison, Clev is getting his life together when a rogue superhuman’s destructive rampage and a scientist’s response shock the nation, leading to Clev’s biggest case yet!

* From Dan Jolley (Prototype 2) and Leonard Kirk (X-Factor)!

* Variant cover by co-creator of Red, Cully Hamner!
Travis Clevenger returns with this first issue in a five-issue mini-series. He's out of prison, sure, but now he's a family man with an ex-wife and a daughter with a chip on her shoulder. Prison might not be so bad.

Family life is the least of his worries, however, when a thief turned superhuman starts going nuclear on the city. Still on a short leash and under supervision by FBI Agent Saffron Bell, Clevenger can't exactly go about things his own way, which pretty much entails laying a beat-down on whatever superhuman is getting out of line, especially since the local police don't want him involved.
I checked out the graphic novel that re-introduced Clevenger and Bell not too long ago and found it to be an exhilarating ride through a super-powered world. Now that the world is firmly set, it will be interesting to see how things develop for the two characters in this five-issue arc. I just really enjoy Clevenger as a Dirty Harry type of guy, trading in a .44 Magnum for a Gold's gym membership. The guy has a mean streak as wide as his torso.

Plus, there is a very intriguing aspect to superpowers in this story that feels akin to the firearms debate seething throughout America these days. Switch out AR-15s for "Hulk Smash" style firepower, and you get the idea. That may be the part of this series that has me most interested right now. Looking forward to see how the second issue runs with it.

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