Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Tuesday, February 28, 2006



Oeming's "Blood River"

Blood River is essentially the story of a group of high-school age youngsters who discover a treasure map while camping in the woods (dopping acid, smoking doobies, and hooking up along the way).

The treasure (100 thousand bank-robbed dollars) is buried somewhere in the forest's nearby river. The recovered map to the booty seems simple enough, but no quality treasure-hunting adventure is without it's less-than-obvious pitfalls (as history can certainly atest). Our merry band of hop-heads are confronted along the way by a couple of would-be muggers and a ferocious monster - all while battling the dense forest, it's murky river, and a self-imposed drug haze.

Oeming does a pretty good job setting the tone and delivering the story (make no mistake this is a horror/thriller at heart). Blood River moves quickly but manages to keep interest and pay off pretty well at the end (especially when we find out it's loosely based on a rather fascinating historical event, which is neatly summarized in a text-only page at the back).

The artwork isn't spectacular (the characters have a bit of a cromagnon look, and it's hard to tell them apart at times), but grew on me as the pages turned... to the point where i was actually starting to appreciate it toward the end.

Overall Blood River was a pretty solid read. I was definitely entertained (even though i got through it in less than 30 minutes). B.



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In no particular order:

Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.



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