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Bloodlines #1

Writer: J. T. Krul Artist: V Kenneth Marion Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 2
6.5Critic Rating
5.2User Rating

When a meteor crashes to Earth, bringing with it an unspeakable alien presence that terrorizes a nearby small town, the lucky ones die first. As for the rest, they find themselves  locked in a hellish struggle for control of their bodies and their minds. This isn't just an invasion. It's an infestation. What would you do if the greatest threat to humanity was hidden away inside you?

Award-winning writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Jirni) and superstar-in-the-making V. Ken Marion (All New Soulfire, Jirni) bring you their dark and horrifying science-fiction epic about tortured souls who are cursed to a fate worse than death more

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Apr 6, 2016

    So this is a horror comic. I'm not sure what I or anyone else expected, but that's what it is. And if you're a fan of the genre, then you're probably going to dig this. The storytelling is excellent, makes great use visual cues as well as well-paced dialogue. You could do a lot worse than giving this comic book a look, unless you're flat out turned off by the horror genre. I still think they could have juiced another couple of bucks out of this if they stamped holographic foil over the title.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Apr 6, 2016

    Yes, this story takes place within the DC Universe and is somewhat of a callback to a story from the 1990's, butto be quite honest, it feels like a marriage of Vertigo and Wildstorm, which shouldexcite some readers. Seeing as how this is a six-issue mini-series, it shouldn't be seen as much of a gamble and I urge my readers to give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Jonathan Helmke Apr 8, 2016

    Overall, I enjoyed BLOODLINES. It's a strong alternative to the regular show runners like BATMAN and SUPERMAN.It also feels like a fresh start for DC, so hopefully it'll catch on as a regular series after the DC Rebirth reboot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 6, 2016

    As someone who vaguely remembers the New Bloods, there weren't a lot of high hopes for this issue. However, BLOODLINES plays well to the reader's sense of nostalgia all while delivering a fun opening issue that revamps this team. It's lot a flat book, completely relying on people who liked this team over 20 years ago to buy it. The biggest downside is that it could have used some extra pages to really deliver the full story in one punch. It's big, bold, and will put a smile on older reader's faces. If you got some extra cash this week, give this book a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 6, 2016

    While the bottom of the barrel has been scraped clean with this particular revival, Krul compresses something that originally spanned two dozen annuals down to a self-contained and far more focused story. It's a joyful throwback, one that leaves the creative team of plenty of potential opportunities to branch out into different corners of their own universe. Perhaps some of these 'New Bloods' will make their way into the world of DC's Rebirth, ensuring that the dream of the '90s is alive and kicking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Casey Walsh Apr 6, 2016

    Bloodlines #1 is the perfect comic for new readers as the barrier to entry is brokenand you have the luxury of meeting and growing with characters as they come to life for the first time. Avid comic readers may have heard this origin before but the art used to tell it makes every panel worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad May 6, 2016

    Overall, I enjoyed reading the first two issues of Bloodlines and look forward to what comes next! Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 7, 2016

    Alien parasites, street level heroes, nineties names like Loose Cannon and Ballistic; the original Bloodlines had it all, and reflected the more ridiculous aspects of the era. And maybe that's what's missing in Bloodline's #1. It follows the same basic path of the original, with the appearance of an alien threat assumedly leading to a new brand of heroes, but where the nineties version had moxie to spare, this new incarnation feels hollow by comparison. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Apr 6, 2016

    Theres a lot that can be done with Bloodlines. However, as of this first issue, theres a lot thats not being done as well. Theres boundless room for development, but as of now, the series is going to have to grow into itself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 10, 2016

    I guess this series will be introducing us to a group of new characters in the same way the DC Bloodlines annuals did back in 1993, but except for Eddie whose transformation we see in this first issue, that will have to take place in future issues of this six issue mini series. Although the story of Eddie on his own could have been worthy of reading, the extended cast is full of characters I just don't like and have no desire to read about in future issues. For me this event will be mostly unmemorable, just like the one that preceded it twenty-plus years ago. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 6, 2016

    Well written characters and a strong ensemble is one thing, but this first issue lacks the spectacle and storytelling to make you want to learn more. I'll stick around for issue #2, but you'll want more after reading this so-so first issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Apr 8, 2016

    Granted, there's a lot of places this comic could go, but I'm not totally convinced it will live up to its potential. The idea of alien parasites invading sounds like a cool perspective to frame a new "Bloodlines" story from, but I could also just go read or watch Parasyte again. If you take one thing away from this review, it's that Parasyte is super worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 6, 2016

    With DC Comics' Rebirth event on the very near horizon, I question the choice of publishing this title as executed, especially when solicits make it clear that SO many books of MUCH higher caliber have already been doomed to cancellation. Bloodlines #1 reads like the type of vapid fanboy wank that almost drove me out of comics as a teenager, and its presence in the publishing line at this moment is the first major fear I've had about DC's upcoming “new” direction since their WonderCon announcements. I want to believe that this is an aberration and not an omen for the day DC returns to servicing its “loyal longbox readers.” Enough of the creators involved in that movement give me hope for the former. But I can't say I'm not far more skeptical after this Wednesday of what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 Apr 15, 2016

    The visuals in this story are great and TOTALLY 90s, so it fits the source material. The story is pretty thin, and there is no backstory or recap page, so since I don't know the Bloodlines story intimately, I can't say if this is a faithful recreation or just a spiritual successor like 10 Cloverfield Lane. I liked this book enough to do some more digging between now and issue two, and I WILL be back for issue two, but I will need more from the next issue if I'm sticking it them. I do empathize with Eddie, the physically challenged and also mutated main character. But what made me saddest is when I knew he would de-hulk-ify and need his crutches back, except he smashed them. I felt real bad then... But I expected it.

  • 3.5

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