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Advance Review - Bloodfire: For God & Country
From Blood Moon Comics
Blood Moon Comics has provided an advance copy of their new comic coming soon - Bloodfire: For God & Country is coming in December 2023.
The 1993 hero who took the comic book industry by storm is back! Bloodfire was the world’s first superhero to get his powers due to the AIDS virus! Now, in this present day, the world has been swept up in a medical pandemic! How has this affected Bloodfire and what changes have happened in the past nearly 30 years?
Writer Keith Rommel, Cover Artist Gabriel Serra & Variant Cover Artist Ken Haeser
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Bloodfire: For God & Country does a good job for readers who are unaware of the character as, in this issue, we simultaneously jump into the action while delving deeper into the character's backstory and origins.
Kicking off with the action throughout this comic first. Bloodfire does an excellent job of mining that vein. We get a good combination of group and one-on-one battles, showcasing the army and Bloodfire’s powers, methods and (perhaps) limitations. It doesn’t all go right for him, though, and that works out too - it builds up the character and the way he is, builds into the mythos of Bloodfire and gives us aspects and problems to read about moving forward.
Flashing back and fleshing out the character, we get a good look at the origins of Bloodfire. With some shady army business going on, Bloodfire has accepted his role and is taking his fight to the enemies of America. It’s good to get some of his thoughts and suspicions as the story progresses and leaves it to your imagination about how he may feel going forward (for now).
This also helps build up some of the supporting characters. Some get a mention, and others a larger role in the story. This is well done and creates a ready-made cast for readers to get behind.
The art works well in this issue. With some good mixes of action, hospitals, and more mundane scenes, we get a good feel for the character, the roles, and even the scenes' emotions. We even get a good mix showing the battle zones - jungle, desert, housing and caves. A well-played-out battle with something a little more than the ordinary allows good use of the special effects.
This was an excellent re-introduction, combining some excellent storytelling with action-packed art. The story is engaging and allows you to get drawn in, and the flashbacks aren’t jarring and take you away from the story. It feels like you are getting a much bigger story than you think, with some in-depth plotting.