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Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1

by Sean Tonelli on October 16, 2013

Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1
Now this is a fun book. Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1 continues the adventures of Ex-cop Travis Clevenger, a regular Joe whose only super power is the ability to put the smack down on any baddie that comes his way. While this may be #11 in the series, the book does a great job setting the story up for new comers so have no fear, Travis is here.
With his home life in shambles, and his professional career fizzled, Travis is grasping at straws trying to get his life together. Yet, when a seemingly simple bank robber exhibits immense power, and a staggering body count, it’s up to Travis and his FBI pal Saffron Bell to save the day. The catch—no one really wants him to.
Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1 is a picnic packaged into 22 pages. While far from the most original premise, it’s the way Jolley manages to maneuver the clichés that makes the book feel worthwhile. With some well placed exposition and excellent pacing, it’s easy to become lost in the pages. Yet that would be meaningless if the characters were unlikeable and luckily for us they ooze charisma, particularly Clevenger—who must be played by Mickey Rourke if this ever gets optioned for a feature.
The art is fast and fun but can be a bit underwhelming at times, particularly during some of the chase scenes. Yet the team does manage to redeem themselves with a glorious splash page of carnage that serves as the books climax. Riggs also manages to properly capture the emotions of the characters, which saves the reader from having to re-read pages just because someone appears to be acting strange due to some blank expression.
Thanks to a fast paced script and some great characters, Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1 is a great book to read on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Just like nice lager, the type Clevenger would enjoy, this book goes down smooth.
Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1
Script: Dan Jolley
Inks: Robin Riggs
Colours: Moose Baumann
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover: Leonard Kirk & Moose Baumann
Publisher: Mike Richardson for Dark Horse Comics

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