Review: ‘Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine’ #2

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Badass Travis Clevenger is back doing what he does but this time he’s getting drafted. This super-human profiler starts hunting down a dangerous power broker in “Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine” #2. If you qualify for this antagonist’s offer, you too can be super powered!

WRITTEN BY: Dan Jolley
ART BY: Leonard Kirk
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: November 13, 2013

Travis Clevenger is big, brilliant, sassy-mouthed, and tough. Although he looks a little too much like X-Men villain Sabretooth, Clevenger is too clever to even compare the two beyond appearances. The big, nebulous villain of the piece is Dr. Bradley Morgenstern, who is offering The Power Chip to those he deems worthy. That is a nice carrot to dangle in front of the entire world, isn’t it? Writer Dan Jolley knows how to set up a nice storyline here.

Artist Leonard Kirk always is a class act. He comes from the same school of amazing and dynamic art as Stuart Immonen which is indeed high praise. I always enjoyed Kirk’s artwork in the Geoff Johns era of
“JSA”. I’m well aware that this artist knows how to do great team books. I’ve no doubt he’ll continue to dazzle in this series.

I actually came upon the original series when I was digging through my collection in my comics-cave last week. How fortuitous the story picks up practically where it left off all those years ago. This story was ahead of its time. I guess the one good thing from all that CSI-ish TV is that readers are open to police procedurals, and jobs like profilers and forensics are cool now.

Creators Dan Jolley and Leonard Kirk are to be commended for rekindling this concept for the world outside of the Distinguished Competition where it was an admittedly odd fit. This character somehow feels less shackled down in this storyline than in its previous incarnation. Ironic, since Cleveneger has literally hopped into a universe without any known super humans. Here’s hoping that will allow the creators to go wild with their imaginations.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady