Review: Blood Feud #1

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Blood Feud #1 is great. Falling into the horror side of things, which is usually not my cup of tea, this debut issue from writer Cullen Bunn along with artist Drew Moss and colourist Nick Filardi had me grinning from ear to ear as I read through it’s pages that will have fans of Evil Dead, Phantasm and Shaun Of The Dead whooping with glee. As horror tinged as this is, there were several subtly funny touches here.

So what’s the comic about? From the press release;

I’ve got a story to tell—a story about how me and a couple of poker buddies squared off against the very legions of Hell… and maybe even saved the world. Like all good yarns, this one has its share of action, adventure, mystery, and romance. As for how it ends, though, you’ll have to judge for yourself. Me, I’ve always been partial to happy endings—the singing cowboy riding off into the sunset—but I reckon that just ain’t the way of the world. This story’s got vampires, too, loads of them, but not in the beginning. It began, for us at least, with spiders.

I’m pretty sure I read at least two Cullen Bunn comics a month, if not more, but this is one that has risen above the rest.Whether it was because I went into the comic not knowing what to expect, or whether it’s because for some reason my expectations were lower than they should be, this story knocked my figurative socks off. A good part of that was down to the superb artwork from Drew Moss, which is rounded out very well by Nick Filardi‘s colours. The art suits the style of this story ever so well, and the details provided by Drew Moss line work is spot on; the creepiness factor of several scenes would have been pretty good in black and white, but the colouring takes it to the next level, really giving a sense of impending doom that’s highlighted by the internal monologue of R.F. Coven as he tells the tale.

Cullen Bunn has written some great dialogue here that really highlights the long standing friendships of the three characters featured on the front cover, giving them each a distinct feel as they’re talking about the good, and the bad, in their lives.

Blood Feud #1 took me by surprise, and (as you can probably tell) I really enjoyed the comic; I’ll be adding this to my ever growing pull list when I next go to my Local Comic Shop. Hopefully you’ll do the same.

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Drew Moss Colourist: Nick Filardi
Story: 8.75 Art 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided a FREE copy for review
Also posted on Graphic Policy.

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