Greg’s Three Cents – The Blue Hood #1

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Yet again, I approach a comic review with trepidation. The Blue Hood #1 is published by UGC (that’s Underground Comics Group to you and me, kids). It’s written and drawn by Justin McEvoy. Justin is a customer of mine at Black Cat Comics, so I really didn’t want to piss him off. Well, not really a worry here.

The Blue Hood’s cover immediately conjured up horrible flashbacks to the early to mid 90’s, with it’s main character what seems to be a gun toting, masked vigilante. It’s also ashcan sized, which reminds me of the Wizard and Fan preview ashcans for a lot of things I never cared about. All of those books took themselves so seriously, the angst practically dripped of the page and drowned the reader where they sat. Story and plot were second to “flashy” art, much of which were juvenile and poorly rendered. Shit. I was really going to piss Justin off.

The good news is, as soon as I opened the comic and read page 1, I realized that this was the exact opposite of what I’d feared. That page, a full splash, tipped me off to the fact that this was not, indeed, a too-serious-for-it’s-own-good effort. The Blue Hood is standing in a room strewn with bodies echoing my verbal fears with the simple word I’d thought just a few seconds earlier: shit. This sets the tone immediately that the Hood is more in line with Deadpool and Deathblow and continues along that line throughout the short book. I found myself laughing out loud several times (in a good way) at things like the mention of Street Ninja and the Hood’s reaction to the word “thaft”. I’m still not sure what it is, but apparently it’s mighty disgusting. Murderously so.

The art was actually reminiscent of Ben Edlund’s early work, specifically McEvoy’s talent with depicting the emotions of a hooded character through his mask. That being said, the artwork could use a little polish, but some of that may have to do with the paper it was printed on. This is a low budget indie, mind you. The book is free, also, by the way. You can contact UCG on Facebook or let me know here at the shop if you’re interested, and one of us will get it in your hands.

All in all, I enjoyed it and it made me want to read the second issue, and, after all, isn’t this what comics are all about in the end?

    The Good:

  • It has fun with itself and seems to enjoy doing so.
  • It’s free. Did I mention that?
  • More DYI comics might just be what the industry needs.
  • Coherent writing and artwork.
  • The ever expanding local scene here in Utah continues to grow.
    The Bad:

  • Too short. I really would like to read a full issue.
  • The art suffers a little from the copy process.
  • The characters look a little bit stiff. Anatomical fluidity would help. (Is that a real thing?)
    The Fugly:

  • None I can see, unless Justin stops creating before his potential is realized.

I’m going to have to give this 6 1/2 hooded black cats out of 10. Worth a look or two, with a hope of future issues to come.

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