Redlands #2 Review
By Paul Alosio
In the second issue of Redlands, we behind to get more insight to the dark rituals taking place in this sleepy, dark town. In doing so, however, more mysteries arise and we are no closer to knowing exactly what is going on than we were in the first issue. Which, for Redlands, works.
We are more formally introduced to a small coven of witches who are as deadly as ever. Throughout this issue some really grisly things occur, and they are shocking to say the very least. What I really like about this series so far is that Bellaire is unafraid to take the reader to some truly dark and menacing places. This is gloom and doom at its finest. It is deadly, menacing, and utterly frightening.
Bellaire’s color work drives this point home perfectly. The atmosphere throughout is almost mystical in its design. There is clever use of totally black panels, giving off the impression that there is something murderous hiding in the darkness. And believe me, kiddies, there is. That’s a fact.
Vanessa R. Del Ray’s art is consistently impressive and this trend continues in Redlands #2. Though the story is great, the whole layout of the artwork is really the selling point for this series so far. If I could change one thing, however, it would be the lettering, as it seems a little too plain coupled with such a dark storyline. With that said, this is an incredibly small complaint and doesn’t hurt the overall product one bit; this is a must-read for any fan of southern gothic horror.
Which I am. And if you aren’t already, there is a strong possibility that Redlands will change that for good. I can almost feel the swampy atmosphere radiating from the pages. This is one Florida town that I’d rather not visit, to be completely honest, for it seems just a tad bit too murderous for my taste – but it’s great fun to watch it unfold from afar.
Another excellent thing about this series is that there doesn’t seem to really be any inherently good characters. This whole town bleeds an evil prescience. There must be something in the water here, and whatever it is, it makes people do really, really bad things. It’s enough to curdle one’s blood and send not just a chill but a deep freeze throughout the reader’s body, despite the Florida humidity.
Image is consistently putting out amazing stories for those who tire of the Iron Mans and Super Mans from bigger publishers. And although I do enjoy myself a good superhero comic, it’s hard to find something really unique and bold from them in this day and age. Redlands proves my point once again and I am excited to see how the rest of the series plays out. Hopefully the blood keeps flowing and the Magic gets even more dangerous.
Redlands #2 is in stores now. Do not miss out on this phenomenal piece of horror. Unless, that is, you’re too scared…and if that’s the case I can’t really blame you.
Publisher: Image Comics
Created by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Art: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles