Review – Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1

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Cully Hamner Cover

Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Leonard kirk
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Cover Artist: Cully Hamner
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1 is an interesting comic brought to us by Dan Jolley and Artist Leonard Kirk. The synopsis for the story is goes like this Travis Clevenger may not have superpowers, but he can put a beatdown on anyone who does! Continue reading Review – Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1

Review – Prototype 2 #5 – The Labyrinth Part 1

Writer: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Victor Drujiniu
Inks: Jonas Trindade
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Victor Drujiniu, Jonas Trindade and Michael Atiyeh
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The final chapter of Prototype 2 is here and we get a peek at the main character behind it all, Sergeant James Heller, a man who on patrol blanked out and found himself deep underground and subject to a new series of tests. This final installment closes out the gates before launching into the campaign of Prototype 2 this week, with no time to spare lets jump in and see what Dan Jolley has written for our last adventure in this connecting series.

Heller finds himself in a mysterious complex, the details are vague but one thing is clear. He’s on his own and his memories and wishes will be the only thing that drives him forward to survive this experience. Unfortunately much of the story rests on the actual survival instinct within his cell and his resourcefulness within this scenario over all else, flashing between his time with his family and present day. It’s a short burst at 12 pages but at 99 cents one would be hard pressed to demand more from it right now. For those hoping to see this as a critical connection point between the game and the story it’s hard to pitch this one, unlike the first two storylines, this doesn’t do very much to outline about Blackwatch, the city or the active story.

As an instlalment it’s much weaker than the previous books in the series, one has to hope that part of of the Labyrinth helps elaborate this story a bit more and makes it enjoyable as a connection. As it stands it’s relatively lacking in comparison to the rest of the saga so far.

Story:★★½☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Review – Prototype 2 #1 – The Anchor Part 1

Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Paco Diaz
Coloring: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Paco Diaz with Michael Atiyeh
Designer: David Nestelle
Assistant Editor: Brendan Wright
Editor: Dave Marshall
Publisher: Mike Richardson
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Twelve months since the events of Prototype we step into a mid-story to connect the past arc to the future game, it’s a confusing time for Alex Mercer but we get a taste of the struggle he’s been trying to cope with since the release of the Blacklight virus in New York. Savior to the city or not for stopping a nuclear blast he’s at odds with the massive destruction he unleashed getting there with untold numbers of slayings.

Alex takes us into Part 1 of The Anchor to share his take on the events since then, a search for himself or what he could even call himself as he wanders the world hoping to reconnect with the human race again. Unfortunately he finds more questions than answers and his own resolution comes into question, why is he driving so hard to attach himself to this world and what does this help or support actually do to help these people? His travels bring questions of greed and self-preservation over the love of neighbors, friends or a community, that even in the worst of cases he still fails to see that redemption he desires from the humans to gather together and rise up as one.

All is not lost for Alex, as the title indicates, there is some hope. In seclusion he finds a new take on life that drives him back to that hope for restarting his life again without all the blood on his hands that he had grown accustomed to. Unfortunately fate could not be so kind to allow for such things and it all starts to go south, Alex finds that even in the most removed locations the corruption still finds a way to reach him in some form as those that he now holds dear face threats and extermination.

As a digital release the book is short, 14 pages including the cover work leave a lot to be desired given the shifts from Prototype to Prototype 2, the art is solid and detailed but the plot development doesn’t have time to move so casually. When hitting the final page I had to double-check to be sure that was really all there was in this first chapter, for 99 cents it is hard to hold such a thing against it, the only gripe would be the end of the issue hitting like a brick wall as the pace quickens once again. Fortunately the series is on a 2 week release schedule to keep everyone glued in for more.

Release date: February 15, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆