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BLOODRIK #1 Krahnke delivers on all fronts in this first issue (Krahnke) Image Comics

Writer and Artist: Andrew Krahnke

Thanks to Image for the review copy!

A 3 issue limited series by writer/creator Andrew Krahnke. Bloodrik is weary, tired and hungry. In an effort to better his situation he’s set off into unknown territory where he will be tested with violence, blood, and trials unlike any he’s faced before. It’s an action packed and surreal barbarian journey for the ages. 

I thought this was a really fun book. The thing I like about these creator owned or single creator books is that allows the reader to be fully submerged into a singular vision of both the writing and art. When you can be both the artist and writer the fullest expression of your idea is brought to fruition and that’s a benefit for the creator and the writer. Krahnke delivers on all fronts in this first issue. It’s almost as if the dialogue and art both tell their own story but also come together to complete one.

Krahnke’s art is raw, detailed and thoughtful. The book is light on dialogue but there is so much detail in each panel that too much dialogue would have just made this type of story feel bloated. Instead, the minimal usage of dialogue allows us to sense and feel the internal self reflection of our main character and his journey alone into the snow covered and quiet landscape. It reminds me a lot of Genndy Tartakovsky. He’s able to tell a thrilling and emotional story often without any dialogue at all but through the expressive traits of his characters and the trials and tribulations they face. This is what Krahnke does here and I think it works well. Especially considering this is a medium where even more is left to the imagination. Without the use of animation or even any soundtrack. I look forward to reading the next issue! This is definitely one worth checking out! 

My rating – 9/10 GREAT! 

Bloodrik #1 is now available.


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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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