Comic Review: Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #3 (Image Comics)

It’s back and forth on the backyard swing. The pendulum of pain. The front cover of Image’s Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #3 is not the idyllic outdoor scene it […]

It’s back and forth on the backyard swing. The pendulum of pain.

The front cover of Image’s Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #3 is not the idyllic outdoor scene it might represent. Instead, it foreshadows some twists in this seamy tale of violence and hatred.

Writer Justin Jordan jacks up the hate and intolerance and puts it on show for us to recoil and shudder at. Is it a mirror of today’s fractured societies, with our divided mindsets?

This story of revenge, Bree Hale on a rampage against the ‘bad guys’, aptly illustrated by Benjamin Tiesma, coloured by Mat Lopes. The drawings are real enough, the philandering, fidelity-reduced, shotgun-enhanced dance of danger around the farm, desert, and homestead. The figures are real enough, representing the gestures of anger, connivance, conviviality, and cunning. To pull the trigger, to turn the page and move on to the next issue, enjoying vicariously the vivid vivisectioning and superb handling of shapes and colours and emotional intelligence gone awry.

Compelling and disturbing, dark and stormy, desirable entertainment!

Image, Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #3, $3.99 for 22 pages of content. Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!