- Blood & Dust The Life & Undeath of Judd Glenny #1
- Story – Michael R. Martin and Adam J. Orndorf
- Art – Roy Allan Martinez
- Colors – Raymund Lee
- Letters – Kel Nuttall
- Publisher – Action Lab: Danger Zone
- Release Date – August 3, 2016
Blood & Dust #1 is full of dark surprises
The small town of Boggy Depot in Southeastern Oklahoma hides several disturbing secrets. For years the town was filled with rumors of a Bigfoot type monster living in the swamps. Children and campers disappearing without a trace, then suddenly rescued by a mysterious man that no one knows anything about. When the father of a recently returned child goes to thank the stranger, he gets more than he bargained for.
Action Lab’s Danger Zone is once again pushing the envelope of mystery and horror in Blood & Dust The Life & Undeath of Judd Glenny. Judd lives on the edge of a swamp in Southeast Oklahoma with his great grandchildren and their mother. But Judd and his family are not normal by any means. Creators and writers Michael R. Martin and Adam J. Orndorf spin an interesting tale while adding in some familiar themes to shake up the status quo. The story flows nicely and leaves you with anticipation for the second issue.
As the truth about Judd and his family comes to light, things suddenly shift gears which was a pleasant surprise. The first two pages are dark and disturbing but there is a nice twist right that changes the whole tone of the book. Judd’s telling of his own story is very well written and is reminiscent of Interview With The Vampire with a little bit of The Legend of Boggy Creek mixed in. The entire tone of the book is mysterious which Martin and Orndorf should be proud of.
The artwork by Roy Allan Martinez with colors by Raymund Lee suits this story well. Their use of shadows and the darkness of the swampy backgrounds lend to the overall theme of the book. This art reminds me of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and seems to borrow from Miller’s style while also being unique to Martinez and Lee. Color and shadow meet in a perfect balance that makes this book visually appealing as well as a good read.
If Blood & Dust continues on this course readers are in for a treat in the coming months as this series unfolds. Just what is lurking in the swamp and what connection does Judd have with it? There are questions to be answered and stories to be told in this book and I cannot wait to read more.
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