Writer: Dan Jolley
Artist: Leonard Kirk
When a comic comes with a tag line that reads “Have you ever wondered what the X-Files would be like if Mulder were Conan the Barbarian?” you know you’re gonna be reading something pretty freakin cool.
BCM #1 of 5 is a really good start to a potentially great mini series. Travis Clevenger is an ex-cop who deals with superhuman cases. Despite not having any powers of his own, we gather he’s pretty capable of putting a beating on anyone who does. As it turns out though, Travis is serving a 20 year sentence for the murder of his former partner but has been released to consult with FBI agent Saffron Bell on superhuman cases.
We don’t get many details on what went down in the past, but Travis certainly bears enough scars to suggest he’s been through the woodchipper a few times and the first issue hints at more to be revealed along the way.
The first case we investigate as the reader involves a bank robbery with superpowers gone wrong which leads to the deaths of multiple police officers and civilians and sees our main characters go on a chase to track down the perpetrator before anyone else gets hurt.
This all leads to the introduction of the series main plotline and potential “villain” towards the end which I won’t mention too much about but which definitely opens the doors to a lot of potentially great material coming over a relatively short series.
The story is paced really well and the art compliments the book nicely with lots of detail in each panel and reminds me of “The Boys” but is far less over the top and not as “shocking” as the popular Garth Ennis series. We get enough backstory in each character’s introduction to be interested in finding out more about them while not revealing too much too soon in the series.
Definitely worth checking out, and another hit from Dark Horse.