For those who like action the bloody images of the first page of “Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine” leave nothing to the imagination. With depth, perception and a little supernatural powers the story is able to captivate, though with the stereotypical personas the reactions might be a little obvious.
It’s (as its name alludes to) littered with action, yet with its interesting storyline the series is saved from being one mindless slaughter after another.
The bright and vivid colors from Moose Baumann make the action scenes more in-your-face like the constant explosions in action movies. The drawing style done by Leonard Kirk is extremely intricate with aging lines, scars and even dimples all of which adds a dramatic flair. The characters expressiveness adds to the story since that may say more than what they actually say.
Set in Atlanta, Georgia, the main character is an ex-cop named Travis Clevenger who went to jail for killing his partner. He was released to help FBI agent, Saffron Bell, deal with super powered people. He doesn’t have any powers he can still fight those that have with just his strength and skill.
While he’s out, he tries to reconnect with the only family he has left, which seemed to be a little more difficult that perceived juggling his familial visitations and his FBI work. Personally, Clevenger seemed to have and issues with communicating with the people around him either because he’s anti-social or he feels as if he doesn’t deserve them.
Just like Leonard Kirk’s art, Dan Jolly’s story is not simple good vs. evil. Instead the different two distinct sides in the series and they are those with powers and those without. Similar to the issues in X-Men, those without powers are the majority and are hostile towards those with powers due to fear whether justified or not. Instead of the story being told from the point of view from the super humans it is told from Clevenger’s and Bells’ view point.
Nothing is face value except for the personas such as the stereotypical angry teen and an ex-con trying to redeem himself but in the end they serve to keep the story more grounded and relatable.
“BloodHound” has both drama and action that can be appreciated by the older audiences. The bright colors emphasize the action while the relatable characters keep the story line interesting. Also, the intricate art keeps the drawing from looking like regular cartoons. The character depth gives the reader a deeper perception that would allow them to sympathize with a murderer, as they hate him at the same time.