Writer: David Baillie
Art: Meghan Hetrick
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letters: Todd Klein
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Red Thorn #1 combines three of my favorite things: mythology, pretty characters, and a twisty plot. Written by David Baillie (2000 AD) with art by Meghan Hetrick (Fairest, Batman Eternal) and colors by Steve Oliff (Image Firsts: Spawn, New Avengers) this new series focuses on a Isla Mackintosh, a young woman looking for answers after being drawn to Glasgow, the place where her older sister died before she was even born.
Told in a sort of flashback form, we start in Glasgow with Isla looking for information about her long-dead sister Lauren. One thing that stands out from the beginning is how Baillie sets up the mythology from the start. There are little hints dropped about how every town has a local legend or monster and with what we know of the book, we can tell that that reality won’t bode well for Isla.
Or any of the people around her, most likely.