Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Demons
Written by: Dan Jolley
Penciled by: Eddy Barrows
Inked by: Robin Riggs
Colored by: Moose Baumann
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Publisher: DC Comics
The first page of this issue is the perfect example of why I love this book. That one pages perfectly exemplifies the humor and action of the title, as well as establishes the relationship between the two main characters. All in one splash.
For months now I have been championing Bloodhound, and it’s sort of a moot point. Because this is the next-to-last issue. And that’s a shame. In my review for #7, I ranted about the pros and cons of a book like this, so I’m not going to go into it again, but as this may be the last I write about the book, I just want to say thanks to the creators.
This is a difficult issue to take on it’s own though, since we’re in the middle of a story. If you are new to Bloodhound, don’t start here. By all means, pick up every issue you can, but don’t just dive into #9, ok?
So Clev is on the track of someone (it’s pretty inconsequential), and some other people get in his way (also inconsequential). That’s the plot. It’s that simple. But it was established pretty early on that this is not a plot driven book. While the plots are well and good and quite enjoyable, that’s not what makes the book work. It’s a character book, and the plots serve to embellish those characters. (think TV’s ‘House’ for a structural counterpart)
And what we have here is another look at the character of Travis Clevenger. As you probably know he’s an ex-con who has an agreement with the federal government to help out on some cases. That’s a pretty cool premise and character. What saddens me is that there is a lot to go into for said premise and character. And there is a lot more to be seen. We got a hint of some sexual tension between Clev and his handler, and that could be delt with, but will probably be either forgotten or rushed when the series ends. Every month we see a bit, more and more the whats and why of how Clev acts. And it’s interesting. So I will miss him.
I can’t say much more about the issue itself. It was just another good one.