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DARK BLOOD #3 Review

Dave reviews the third issue of BOOM! Studios DARK BLOOD calling it a series which “grows stronger with every issue.”

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Dark Blood #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Dark Blood #3 is published by BOOM! Studios, written by Latoya Morgan, illustrated by Moisés Hidalgo, coloured by AHG and lettered by AndWorld Design. Print copies of DARK BLOOD #3 will be available for sale on September 22, 2021, exclusively at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies will be available to download from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle. 

Synopsis

After meeting Carlisle, a white university doctor, who not only offers Avery immediate first aid but free ongoing medical care… nothing is truly free, not even a stranger’s kindness.  At first, Dr. Carlisle’s generous offer to treat Avery’s chronic pain and injuries seems like a godsend, but the “magic bullet” cure he offers comes with an excruciating administration via spinal tap… and unexpected side effects. When those manifest in seemingly impossible ways that terrify his family, Avery rushes back to the doctor for additional help, but will the second treatment truly work or only bring back memories of the war best kept in Avery’s past?

Review

Dark Blood as a series has so far been probably the most deep and thought provoking series I have come across, each part has an underlying theme of combating your inner demons and also highlighting the effects war have on the veterans that serve through them.

This issue sees Avery still struggling to come to terms with what is growing inside him, what was once thought to have been a miracle cure is now something that looks to be breaking him down and bringing with it harrowing war memories from the past that he’s tried to forget.

Issue #3 is a beautifully written story that takes you on an emotional journey with not just Avery but also his young family. You get to see the effects of what is happening to him and how it effects his family too, in my eyes expertly written by Morgan handling well a potentially controversial subject. The illustrations from Hidaglo really help get the powerful story across with the use of bold illustrations and powerful colours, a great job from the creative team.

Verdict

Dark Blood is not my usual comic fair but it is definitely one that I am glad I’ve come across. As the series progresses it grows stronger with issue and it’s great to see the other side of having special powers.


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