A Horrific and Bloody Debut in Redlands #1
Image’s new comic, Redlands, was…wow.
Redlands is a modern day horror story that begins in medias res. The officers are barricaded in their headquarters. One of the criminals locked up states, “I’d rather have a town run by monsters than by murders”. The criminal is black, all of the officers are white, and based on what the inmate says, Redlands is full of institutionalized racism. The officer doesn’t really deny it either.
I get the sense that someone was wronged and conjured dark spirits. I don’t think it was the inmate, but someone else in town.
The officers are trying to protect their headquarters like a stronghold, but the demons pick them off in true horror fashion. You don’t see it coming and even when you see it coming a mile a way you still feel frightened.
Scott Snyder says,”With Redlands, Bellaire and Del Rey have crafted something truly special (and terrifying). Redlands does southern gothic horror mercilessly well, but it does so by re-imagining elements of the genre ways that are fresh, modern, and deeply haunting. Bellaire’s writing blends folklore with a contemporary urgency and Del Rey’s art is beautifully, frighteningly immersive. A stunning debut.”
Snyder is right about the art. Vanesa R. Del Rey gives a sketchy, grainy look to Redlands. The colors are predominately dark, only highlighted by the burning tree outside, and the blood is vibrant! After the story, the issue reveals the art process, which I really enjoyed. We can see the expressive gesture drawings used to work out each panel and we also see Jordie Bellaire’s coloring process.
I highly recommend picking up Redlands issue 1.
If you don’t believe me, take it from Warren Ellis:
“Nice f*cking job.”
Writer: Vanesa R. Del Rey, Jordie Bellaire
Art: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Image Comics