JUST A MILD WARNING FOR LANGUAGE USED IN THIS COMIC. I ONLY GIVE THIS WARNING AS THE IMAGES IN THIS REVIEW ALSO HAVE SOME OF THAT SAME LANGUAGE!
Another Image Comics exclusive, this time we are touching base with Redlands. Brought to us by the team of writer/colorist Jordie Bellaire and illustrator Vanesa R. Del Rey, Redlands is the tale of small town Americana gone completely off the deep end. A town in need of some sort of salvation, even if through fire, and brought on by a triad of strong women. Alice, Bridget, and Ro, who from what I’ve gathered are witches. While at this point it is a guess, with not a lot of revelation, I can assure you they have some sort of tie to the occult.
We start our story in a small town, where the local sheriff’s office is battling some sort of powerful foe. One that seems to have the ability to kill from the dark, destroy a man from the inside, and that all the men with the guns seem to be terrified of. Honestly, I don’t see why they kept up the act of fighting when they knew there was literally nothing they could do to stop what was coming.
Worse than that is having most of the town locked up in cells in the basement while this battle is going on. The townsfolk don’t seem to be taking a side, as Laurent (one of the prisoners) states that he is unsure as to which he would rather have in charge. A group of monsters, or a group of murderers. It really showcases to the reader that these people are unsure which side really is worse, even though one of them is supposed to be the ones protecting them.
We don’t learn a lot about the motivation of the women involved throughout this issue, other than the fact that they wanted to take over a town where few would stand against them. I feel like their power may derive from the fear and obedience of the people, but honestly I am just taking a shot in the dark. Either way Redlands is definitely not prepared for the things to come, and the issue leaves me salivating for so much more. I need to keep reading this title!
The writing is absolutely stunning in this initial issue, but it doesn’t even hold a candle to the perfect artwork that is accompanying it. While being very rough and dirty, it gives you the feeling of a wickerman style story, but with better visuals than seeing Nicolas Cage.
RECOMMENDATION – Anyone who is a fan of witchcraft style stories with strong female leads will enjoy this one for sure. The Mythos it is building is powerful, and I am excited to see which route they take with this story. From the looks of it so far, it is pretty unforgiving.
Let the boys know if you want to add this story to your pull list, we can absolutely get you set up for it!