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Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3

    Todd Jordan
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  • Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3

    Published by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: Mar. 25, 2014
    Writer: Alex de Campi
    Artist: Chris Peterson
    Cover: Francesco Francavilla
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    Click HERE for last issue's write-up.

    Alex de Campi's latest two-chapter story “Blood Lagoon” starts up with this issue and brings back a few names familiar to the series. One is cover artist Francesco Francavilla, who drew all the “part 1” covers from the first 8-issue Grindhouse run. The one that grace's this book is easily the best cover he's done for the title. Another return is interior artist Chris Peterson, who drew the first 2-issue story, again from the first Grindhouse series. And that series featured the third return name: Garcia. She was the protagonist/hero of “Bee Vixens From Mars” and she appears to be doing the same here in what can be considered the sequel.

    This time around the one-eyed, bad-ass cop is going for a visit to the father of her gay friend Wayne (also making his return to the pages), with Wayne looking to tell his dad of his upcoming marriage to his partner. The old man doesn't support his son's way of things, but the two visitors make themselves at home anyhow, cooking up a nice batch of ribs. While cooking and yapping with a neighborhood kid Daryl, they spy a meteor fall very close to where they stand, and further investigation leads them to an old watering hole where Wayne used to catch fish as a little guy. The local slaughterhouse has been leaking or emptying their leavings into the lagoon, and that makes for some very beneficial conditions to create what crawls out of the bloody muck.

    Giant ticks. And as anyone who deals with ticks knows, they feed off of anything with a pulse. Bigger than an average sized house and mean as hell, these blood-thirsty beasts start tearing up the town. Garcia and Wayne grab the old man and his dog and bolt out of there. Before they leave town, they go to get the boy Wayne and his mom, and also a big weapon to help them survive.

    Good pacing per usual, with about half the chapter being devoted to setting up some characters, and de Campi has a great talent for dialogue that flows well and seems natural. As to the need for a bigoted father who cannot accept his son is a homosexual, maybe next issue we'll understand better. For now it seems like just padding the story, but the old guy does have a dog and a killer instinct, so he's bound to be useful. Hopefully he doesn't have a complete turnaround because that would be hokey, and Grindhouse is clichéd and tongue-in-cheek, not hokey. The giant bug action is good stuff, with a pretty funny way to dispose of one that Peterson pulls off well in the way he draws it. And his portrayal of the ticks might cause a shiver or two, if ticks disgust you (as they should). Part two's conclusion to this tale ought to be a blow-out bug bashing, and very gooey.

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