The Dark & Bloody #1 from the Vertigo Imprint of DC Comics -
"I knew how to kill before I knew how to kiss." -Iris Gentry
Iris Gentry is no stranger to death. He grew up in Black Lick Hollow, Kentucky - the backwoods - the type of place that teaches a body all about survival. From there he joined the U.S. Army and went to fight in Iraq. Iris has seen his share of death, and sidestepped it's long, cold fingers more times than you can shake a stick at, but it's always there...There in the flickers and flashes of his mind. Iris has returned to the the hollows now, got a family and a new baby on the way. He's counting on the quiet of the backwoods, the hills and the trees, to help him live out the rest of his life in peace; however, death is once again stretching its hungry hands towards him - but this time it wants his family too. All of Iris' nightmares will begin to live because the devil's come to dance in Black Lick.
Vertigo has done it again. Shawn Aldridge has created a protagonist that is easily relatable, to me at least, a character that seems so real and human, that you almost don't want this horror to come knocking at his door. He's had more than his fair share. The woods, the backcountry, the war, it's all familiar to me, to people I know - at once I was there with Iris, sharing in his experience and dreading the horror that is about to unfold. Scott Godlewski did a stellar job capturing the weariness of the souls of the people, the atmosphere of the hollows, and the darkness of the coming evil. It is all about atmosphere in this book. I don't exactly know where this book is headed, but I sure would like to be there with Iris Gentry for the journey.
RATING: 10 out of 10.