August 14, 2017 • Cee • Comics

Comic Firsts

Comic Firsts, a feature where I talk about the first issues of comics that I’ve bought, received, or borrowed. It’s all about first impressions, what I like or didn’t like about the issue, and whether I would keep reading it beyond the first issue.

A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles. — Image Comics

You don’t want to be on the bad side of these witches. They’re coming to snatch wigs, prayers, and government jobs.

Nobody can save Redlands now. Or maybe these witches will be doing the saving?

REASONS YOU MUST READ REDLANDS

  • WITCHES!

No matter who you are, witches are a delicious subject to read about. They’re powerful; they’re mysterious; they evoke a lot of awe and fear. They have a long and tumultuous history that have a huge cultural and societal impact on how and why they were viewed they were (FYI because misogyny and sexism).

Redlands is about a trio of witches who take siege of this titular Florida town, and they take it with a ferocity that will haunts men’s nightmares. It’s beautiful. You can’t burn these witches with fire.

  • It’s created by an all-female team—Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey.

You have two of the finest and talented creators in the comic industry—Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey.

Jordie is most known for her coloring work on Pretty Deadly, Injection, The Vision, and Hawkeye (just to name a few). Her colors are an absolute experience that everybody needs to see. Redlands is Jordie’s first foray into writing a comic, and it’s an absolute hit.

Vanesa is the artist for Redlands, but she’s also drew the art on Hit (a Boom! Studio 1950s noir crime comic) and Scarlet Witch. I love Vanesa’s art because she’s a queen at creating loose art that’s gorgeous and atmospheric. Every line and stroke lies a mystery and darkness about the characters or the setting. That’s what she does with Redlands.

When you put Jordie and Vanesa (and Clayton Cowles who does the lettering) together, they are an absolute dream team come to life.

  • It’s Southern horror at its best.

Redlands is dark and haunting. This “occult aesthetic” fits beautifully in this magic and horror show. Vanesa R. del Rey. She lights the pages with fire—like literally, from the first page, a tree is on fire, burning the nooses tied to the tree branches. Her pitch black scratches convey so much unrest and fear. She’s so good at creating a mysterious and creepy atmosphere that strikes fear and awe in your heart.

  • This comic is angry. 

Every panel is fire and fury.

These witches have seen it all—the corruption, the violence, the terror, the evil that’s seeped into the soils of Redlands. These witches are here to make it new—to revive it from the depths of rot. First, they must get rid of everybody who’s part of the problem, and they start with people in official authoritative power. You don’t know why these witches have taken over, but you’ll fully be on their side when they take siege of Redlands.

Nothing will ever be the same again in this Florida town. And maybe it’s for the better. 

Who will enjoy reading Redlands? Lovers of witches. People who are angry about the current state of authority figures. People who love Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey’s work.

Will I continue reading Redlands? YES!

Thank you to Image Comics for sending me this comic for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the comic or the content of my review.
Are you convinced? Go buy Redlands #1 from your local comic book store, or these online retailers: Comixology · Midtown Comics.
Will you be reading Redlands? Please do. 

 


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