Comic Review – Red Thorn

Red Thorn 1 CoverWriter: 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.


The rest of this review can be read at Word of the Nerd!

Perpetual Bitterness & Nightwing #30

Nightwing 30 Unlettered Cover

I think I’m always going to be a little bit mad about the version of Nightwing #30 that we got and the version that Meghan Hetrick pencilled.

The story she was illustrating was a poignant look at Dick’s life and the people who loved him, but that it gave the readers (who largely knew he was returning in another comic) a bridge between the two series.

I don’t know what went down and why we weren’t able to get the original story planned and written by James Tynion IV back in May 2014, but it’s always going to bug me.

I could be eighty-years old and talking to my adopted children on my deathbed and I will remember to complain about how much that final issue let me down in terms of closure for Dick and the rest of his friends and family.Read More »