Title: Blood & Dust #1
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Writer: Michael R. Martin and Adam J. Orndorf
Artist: Roy Martinez
Colorist: Raymund Lee
Letterer: Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist: Brett Weldele; Roy Alan Martinez
Blood & Dust brings us a different sort of vampire story, one we’re just not quite what is. Judd Glenny is an older vampire who lives out in the swamp with his vampire daughter and grandchildren. He happens to have an affinity towards children in general, saving missing children who wander into the very alive and dangerous swamp. Oddly that kindness doesn’t stop him from disciplining one of his grandchildren by knifing him to a wall in the begining of the issue. Mainly we learn his backstory as he explains it to the father of a child he most recently saved. Its not enough to give us a complete picture of his motivations and goes on much longer than needed to convey the small amount of info it gives. It really makes the issue drag more than it should, though the creative team gives us small kernals here and there that make us want to find out more about Judd and his family. That combined with Martinez’s gothic art give us hope this series may have a few surprises in store as it goes on.