The Dark and Bloody #2

The Dark and Bloody #2

Writer: Shawn Aldridge Artist: Scott Godlewski Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: March 9, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Something evil is lurking in the woods, and Armed Forces veteran Iris Gentry is pretty sure its laying in wait to punish him for his past sins. Given his current job running illegal liquor, he cant turn to the law for help, and they probably wouldnt believe him anyway. That leaves Iris all alone to defend his family when the malevolence shows up on his doorstep wearing a familiar face.

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Mar 9, 2016

    Aldridge and Godlewski have created something unimaginably powerful in this story.The Dark & Bloody is without a doubt one of the best stories to come out of Vertigo's new line-up, and I know it's one I'll read to the end.The Dark & Bloody offers a visceral and emotionally powerful take on the horror genre. There's not a thing about this book that's anything less than enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Mar 9, 2016

    While rural horror seems to be a bit of a growth industry in todays world of comics, rarely has the genre been handled as confidently as it is here. Godlewski and Aldridge have crafted a truly unnerving tale that will shock, excite and captivate readers, all the while almost daring them to keepwatching as the horror unfolds. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Slackjaw Punks - GingerBats! Mar 9, 2016

    Definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Mar 11, 2016

    “The Dark and Bloody” #2 is a fantastic follow up to the debut that continues to toy with us emotionally as things start to get worse for Iris and his family. Aldridge and Godlewski are telling a truly compelling and nuanced horror story that doesn't want to be like anything else you've read before – and they're succeeding. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Mar 11, 2016

    There is a brewing mystery here that is something to behold. I have no idea what it is, but I'm enjoying the ride. Rest assured the final panel will make you say, "What the hell?!" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Mar 14, 2016

    The Dark and Bloody achieves the difficult task of keeping the audience guessing at the end of the second issue, developing the plot further and yet still wholly shrouding the piece in mystery. About the closest thematic cousin would be something like Locke and Key, especially as the relationship between Shiloh and Ayah becomes more intriguing and supernatural. This is definitely a series to watch, with the hopes that it lives up to the best aspects of its promise. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 9, 2016

    Something is going on, but there's still too few details to even guess at what is happening. That leaves the horror of the story so vague it's not scary at all. That said there's a solid attack that's well done and the main character continues to be intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Smith Mar 9, 2016

    Without the aid of traditional scares that TV or film has, horror comics have to rely on other more classic techniques, such as atmosphere and suspense. The Dark and Bloody is a slow burn that will hopefully have a big payoff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 Mar 16, 2016

    The opening scene of this issue was a bit off-putting with it’s racism, but I think that just meant to drive home the fact that while war is something we know and see a lot about, it is something that we don’t really know EVERYTHING about WHO we are sending to these wars, and that can be a bad thing. The first scene set in current time serves to showcase the fractured (to put it mildly) mental state of Iris. The bit of side story with the old dude with the pet possum was such a weird, silly moment it felt a bit out of place, but only for a moment. It worries me that after two issues we already have so many people that are connected to the weird bird/woman/monster/ghost/thing that is killing a LOT of people in a short time… the end of this issue lives up to the name, it is in fact BOTH Dark AND Bloody, and the last page confirms a suspicion that I would hazard a guess I am not alone in making, and showing there is still a lot more Darkness and Bloodshed left to come in this strange and unique story. I am really looking forward to reading more of this story- it seems to be a much better series after two issues than the other two horror/thriller books from Vertigo at the moment. Survivor’s Club has dropped off my radar entirely (and may even be ending after issue nine) and Unfollow has had a few too many slow issues in a row to really make me fawn all over it (though, that isn’t to say that it wont get better and be a good series once it is finished) maybe it will improve when it’s taken as a “big picture” collected volume… This book, however, seems to really stand quite well on it’s own, without any end in sight for the coco-banana-bonkers violence, and the feathers-in-the-mouth creepiness that I had no idea would have been so prevalent since I saw it on the first issue’s cover.

  • 8.0
    jmprados Mar 27, 2016

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