Writer: Michael R. Martin & Adam J. Orndorf
Art: Roy Allan Martinez
Colors: Raymund Lee
Letterer: Kel Nuttall
Publisher: ACTION LAB: DANGER ZONE (August 2016)
We met Judd Glenny, an immortal vampire with a bloody past but with a more heroic present. His great grandkids keep him busy as a man comes to thank Judd for a good deed, but something in the swamp will come to challenge Judd. . .
There’s times where I think there is just too much shadows here and there. But that’s only a minor issue.
The Moment of the Issue:
Judd’s discussion with Eddie Jacobs about his past.
Tension and atmosphere rule the issue and it is pretty glorious. There is a lot more showing than telling, which is definitely of the strengths of artists, colorists and the writers. Martinez and Lee do a fabulous job of setting the horrific, thriller atmosphere of the book, allowing readers to visually get sucked into this new world. The is very little white in the book, including the pages, and Martinez definitely makes sure that the book’s feel definitely fight with ominous feelings and tension. The shadows and shades by Martinez and Lee are well used here as Martinez’s art is dark and gritty, but still nicely detailed. Panels are well constructed, with darker colors as a base color, allowing Martinez to really help make them pop out. From the children’s innocent fighting to the frames of Judd’s past, there’s an edgy-ness to Martinez’s pencils and inks that really produce frames of excitement and tension, with Lee’s colors tying it all together.
Martin and Orndorf allow readers to meet a simple man who is looking after his family, but enhanced that. Judd Glenny is a multi-faceted lead from the beginning with a presence that just comes off the page easily. His dialogue is very human sounding, while layered with age which fits well for the vampire. There’s a gravatas that Judd’s dialogue reveals, particularly when speaking with Eddie Jacobs. It’s fairly telling of Judd’s character and how much our lead has grown over time. Martin and Orndorf do well to establish a status quo this issue with him, his family and the area they call home rather quickly and organically. The pacing of the events of the issue were well done, allowing the characters to breathe and have identities. It is that pacing and dialogue that help builds plenty of tension throughout the issue, allowing readers to feel invested and kept at the edge of their seats. And while there isn’t too much that happens within the issue itself, Orndorf and Martin build a solid first issue that will leave readers tantalized and wanting more.
Blood and Dust: The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenny #1 reads well as a solid opening to a story of horror, honor and love. Our lead is not a man or being to be trifiled with while also known there are worse things out there but him. Martin and Orndorf creating plenty of wonderful tension, mystery and dread within the pages; showing one man who wants to protect his family while learning of a blood soaked past that is hinted at, but not fully explained. Eddie Jacobs allows readers to be that character who everyone can relate to, but also ask the questions that readers are interested in. The art was superb, establishing great visual moody and body language to help making this book feel even more tense and moody. And while there are some panels were there is just too many shadows, it does work overall to allow the story’s darker themes shine through. Really solid first issue and looking forward to more.