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"Blood Moon #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


Written by P M Buchan
Illustrated by John Pearson
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2020, 25 Pages


Tragedy strikes the local apple festival when a car of drunk co-eds runs over a family camping out. Owen Fitzwilliam, desperate for justice and answers, turns to a mysterious woman with a penchant for the dark arts. He's set down a path of bloodshed that he cannot steer away from.

Blood Moon begins with a foreboding tone and only gets darker from there. Owen is at the center of everything, as we see him go from a normal, loving father, to a broken man seething with rage. He goes through a physical transformation over the course of this first chapter. His mannerisms and demeanor change greatly.

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Artist John Pearson brings a David Mack vibe to Blood Moon, adding more to the imagery with specific colors and effects. These help to further give you an idea of what's going through someone's mind. For example, as Owen begins to grasp at straws to undo this tragedy, these strange circles appear in his eyes, like he's putting on a false face to try and get through this.

Pearson's style changes slightly throughout this first chapter so that each section has a very unique look and feel. Some are full of color and life while others are dreary and drab. This really sets the mood for each sequence and adds to the reading experience. Where he really excels are in a handful of splash pages that convey a lot of information at once. These are vast landscapes of images that convey a ton of emotions. They appear like a shock to the system too.

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Letterer Aditya Bidikar uses an interesting and often erratic style of word balloons for the dialogue in Blood Moon. Each one looks like it was hastily cut from paper with sharp angles. They often feature another outline around them too, like whoever cut them out went rogue instead of following the lines. This non-traditional approach works well in the book, particularly when the tension rises.

I got a Pet Semetery vibe with Blood Moon at first, but then it takes some interesting turns. Writer P M Buchan has set the stage for a tragic, revenge-fueled supernatural thriller. This first chapter has a great hook that hits you right in the heart.

You can read Blood Moon for free at the official website.


Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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