Redlands #1 Review

For me, there’s nothing like picking up the first issue of a new series, because going in blind, and purposefully avoiding any previews or descriptions of said series, is thrilling. The fact that an issue begins a new series is enough justification for me to settle down with it and give it a go. Redlands #1 is the type of comic that I hope to stumble across when I go out on a limb and pick up a book that I know nothing about. Packed with action and shy of uninteresting exposition, Redlands brings the blood and promises to thrill for issues to come.

So, what’s Redlands #1 about? From DC:
“A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.”

Jordie Bellaire’s writing—and color work for that matter—is outstanding. Despite being relatively light on words, the script is sharp, measured, and laden with purpose. Every word counts—every word is effective.

Vanessa R. Del Rey’s artwork reeks of raw, untapped energy, and at moments, is truly frightening. There is a certain sense of chaos in her line work that causes panels to leap from the page, and despite a somewhat reserved page and panel layout, each turn of the page adds to the overall excitement of the reading experience.

As far as story, it’s odd, it’s strange, and there is so much yet to learn. In fact, I have almost no idea what is happening, but I’m intrigued to continue. Terrible things have, and will continue to happen, and this unspoken promise is enough to keep me coming back for more.

Buy this comic.

9
Score
Redlands #1
The Bottom Line
It's been quite some time that a first issue has gotten this excited and this eager to continue. reading. Packed with action and shy of uninteresting exposition, Redlands brings the blood and promises to thrill for issues to come.
Yes!
Beautifully chaotic artwork
Sharp writing