Blood & Dust: The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenny #1

Near the swamps of southeastern Oklahoma lives Judd Glenny. Judd did many things in life. He was a father, a farmer, a Civil War veteran, and in death he’s done even more as the first American vampire. He once rode the Old West as its most legendary and feared outlaw. Now he is babysitter to his vampire great grandchildren and guardian of their mother, who as Judd say’s is “sick”. In that swamp lives something dark and dangerous. Something that takes anyone who enters it, who are never to be seen again.

The story opens with Glenny at home, and two of the children –Zeke and Baby Hazel – fighting over the girl’s dolly. Glenny has no patience for this, and quickly –and violently – disciplines Zeke. Suddenly, there’s a knock on the front door and we meet Eddie Jacobs. He has come to thank Glenny for saving his son Danny, who had gone missing in the nearby swamp. But that’s not all Eddie intends to do. He wants to learn if the rest of the story he has been told is true. After some reluctance, Glenny confirms Jacobs’ suspicions. He confesses that he IS a vampire! Just then, Zeke races to the porch and announces that “It” has got his brother Saul in the swamp.  In the final panel of this story, we see Glenny making his way to the swamp. TO BE CONTINUED…

The story itself is quite graphic, and the language is not suitable for younger readers. It is fast-paced…and is definitely written from Glenny’s viewpoint, which is: there is no Hollywood glamour in being a vampire. In fact, he candidly states, “I’ve done a lot of bad in my time to live. Sometimes I gotta do some good to live with myself.”

The comic book is rendered in black-and-white—very stark and dark, which perfectly complements the story. Artist Orndorf openly admits that Glenny’s looks are patterned after those of Clint Eastwood, and Eddie Jacobs is “based around Kevin Smith”. I, for one, would say he was quite successful in accomplishing this.

If I had to use one word to describe this comic, it would be “GRITTY”. It may not be for everyone’s taste, but I found it to be worth reading. With all of today’s interest in vampires and zombies, this series has the potential to find its target audience in no time!

Follow this link if you would like to learn more about this comic book and/or its availability: NightShade Comics

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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