Story by Rodney Barnes
Artwork by Jason Shawn Alexander
Colors by Luis Nct
Lettering by Marshall Dillon
Main Cover by Jason Shawn Alexander and Luis Nct
Black Friday Cover by Francesco Mattina
LCSD Cover by Jason Shawn Alexander
Okay, as the first issue there really isn’t a whole lot, I can tell you. You guys know starter issues are difficult because they either have a ton of information or very little stretched through twenty-five or so pages. This would be the latter.
What I have deduced thus far is that we have a father and a son. Both are cops in Philadelphia. It’s also very apparent they don’t get along or see eye to eye on pretty much anything. I don’t know why they would go to work at the same precinct. You’d think they would try to distance themselves from each other with the kind of animosity that seems to brew between them, but it also seems like they each feel they have something to prove. To whom, I don’t know.
The father is investigating the possible existence of vampires in Philly due to contraction of Yellow Fever. The thing is, he believes he’s traced the source of the original infection back to former President John Adams.
While yes, this seems like a very outlandish idea, you gotta admit, it’s creative. And farfetched as it may be the writing style is pleasantly unique. This writer is able to use different writing methods to distinguish changes in time and place, between first and third person, seamlessly, letting it all flow together. Though it’s obvious some of the dialogue is narrative and some is present tense, it’s so easy to follow and distinguish between the two that you can blaze through this issue in a matter of minutes.
The artwork is something I also found to be different on an enjoyable level. It IS a bit dark in general in color and hard to identify different characters at times, but the artist is still a talented individual and should be given their due credit for good work when it’s deserved. You can’t ever please everyone with one thing. So, I give them props.
But it’s the story and the dialogue that let you know who is who in each interaction and in each situation brought up as the story progresses.
So far this was an interesting enough first issue that I want to continue the series. I already have the next two or three so I will be reviewing those when I get to them. But this one DID catch my attention and is now on my radar. Well done gentleman.