BLOOD is a tale of vengeance set in 17th century Japan,
written by Owen Wiseman, an American who has a keen interest in
feudal Japan. The twist to his story is that in place of the typical
samurai heroes featured in similar stories, our heroes are a group
of teenagers, whose clan has been shattered by some evil men.
Issue 3 of the
series deals with Kimura, the girl of our group who has been
captured and is being trained as a prostitute. A meditation on
suffering acts as a narrative device moving the story along as
Kimura suffers indignity after indignity, using the suffering to
stoke the fires of the heart in preparation for the day when she
will get her revenge.
couldnít help feeling like itís a story Iíve read many times before,
however the power in the story is how effective it is in making you
feel what Kimura feels. The story is a cruel one, and the reader
isnít spared from any of the shocking cruelty inflicted upon her,
which could be considered to be a bit gratuitous and unnecessary as
sometimes it is better to stay away from graphic depictions and let
the reader fill in the blanks.
story is helped by the art of Nan Kim, whose work on the characters
looks like it would fit right in with your typical superheroes.
Kimís work features some clean line work that would likely be just
as effective in black and white, but the coloring in this comic adds
another dimension to the art, switching between color palettes to
help emphasize the emotion and using some kind of light effect that
gives everything a glow that gives the book the look of a
beautifully shot historical drama movie.
BLOOD #3 chooses to keep the story simple in favor of taking the
reader on a journey with Kimura, a task which is pulled off to great
effect thanks to the efforts of a team of capable creators.