Blood Stained Teeth #3
Writer: Christian Ward
Art: Patric Reynolds
Colors: Heather Moore
Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Two months after the release of the first issue of Blood Stained Teeth I’m finally able to catch up. Granted, not many chapters were released but still it’s nice to sit down and dive into one of the Image titles that’s drawn the most attention out of this reviewer this year.
Sloane continues on his quest to eliminate every Sip he’s turned, getting more nervous every time Bram Stoker’s goon breathes down his neck. This time he’s chasing a vampire who crashes into other cars to feed on the victims. That pretty much is for the progression of the plot.
Although the plot does seem bland once you go back to look at it, writer Christian Ward manages to keep the issues quite engaging with its various characters. Ever since Sloane’s driver was killed and started acting as his imaginary friend there’s always been an interesting dialogue or two. Most of the time building Sloane’s character further. As he does we start to see our protagonist for the elder, unfeeling creature he ought to be.
The art team, yet again, knocks it out of the park for the series. Reynolds and Moore pertain to the pop-art stylistic choice and it remains one of my favorite aspects of this book. The chase sequence was a delight for my eyes as much for the paneling and composition in general as for the coloring executed on those. Moore uses the urban moving lighting as the perfect excuse to convey Sloane’s emotion in quite innovative ways. Moore’s work also aids a lot in tone which comes in handy in a series that has silly humour juxtaposed with bloody vampire murders.
Hassan’s lettering takes the spotlight in the chase sequence and the gory ending. His sound effects match the coloring done by Moore so you know precisely the source of the noise which is a simple approach but quite effective for the reader’s immersion into the adrenaline on the comic pages.
Blood Stained Teeth #3 carries on nicely what was proposed in the beginning. I’m still excited to see the plot developed further however. In the meantime each issue is a phenomenal work of art and definitely worth the read if you love comic books.
Blood Stained Teeth #3 carries on nicely what was proposed in the beginning. I'm still excited to see the plot developed further however. In the meantime each issue is a phenomenal work of art and definitely worth the read if you love comic books.