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Bloodhound #1

July 13, 2004
Quick Rating: Good
Title: Green Light

There’s a killer on the loose and only Travis Clevenger can catch him… if he can get out of jail alive.

Writer: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Leonard Kirk
Inks: Robin Riggs
Colors: Moose Baumann
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Cover Art: Dave Johnson
Publisher: DC Comics

Every so often I’ll open up the package of DC advance comics and come face-to-face with a new title, one I’ve never heard of, one I know nothing about, and that is the case with Bloodhound. I didn’t have the slightest inkling of the concept, I was surprised by the creative team, and I must say, it was a pretty solid read. Travis Clevenger is a former cop in prison for the murder of his partner. While it is clear he was a tough cookie even before he went into the klink, prison life has made him harder and more brutal… it’s always tough on a former cop who finds himself behind bars, and Clevenger has made himself savage just to survive.

Now, a former colleague is approaching Clevenger with an offer – there is a killer on the loose, and they need him to help track him down. In exchange, Clevenger is offered a reduced sentence. As they bat about this offer, the prison erupts into a riot, and it’ll take some bloody fast action to get them out.

Dan Jolley is one of those names I recognize but can’t immediately place to any comic book. Offhand, the only project of his I know I’ve read is the new Firestorm series, which I rather like. I feel the same way about Bloodhound. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s pretty good. There are a few questions, of course, such as why a cop-killing cop is a candidate to help track down a murderer out of all the detectives in the country, but that’s the sort of thing you suspect will be answered as the series goes along. It’s a solid story.

Leonard Kirk and Robin Riggs need no introduction, however. I’ve been fans of theirs since their collaboration on the late, lamented Supergirl series, and it’s great to see them working together again. This book is a bit darker than the things I’m used to seeing Kirk work on, but he does a fine job. He’s a penciller along the lines of Paul Pelletier – great with acting and mood, but keeping his work clean and never crowding the panel with excessive detail or making things look murky. This book has a bit more gore than I’m used to out of a comic with the DC bullet on it, but that’s been happening more and more lately, and the book is missing the classic code approval.

I’m not sure if this is a miniseries or an ongoing, but it’s a good start. I like a good mystery, and judging from the first issue, Bloodhound has the potential to be one.

Rating: 7/10

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