Blood Money

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2001
By: Darren Schroeder

Cover of Blood Money Creator(s): Adrian Kinnaird
Publishers: First Rain Comics (Self Published)
From: Auckland
Price: $1 (NZ)

Someone should roll Quentin Tarantino in linoleum and pop him in the head. Not only was his use of Travolta indirectly responsible for Battlefield Earth, but in the wake of Reservoir Dog every man and his thinks that gun play=plot. Heads up writers - it don't. If only someone had pointed this out to Adrian, he might have re-paced the first of the two stories collected in this well presented comic. That first story, Blood Money has a criminal getting a beating from some thugs who really want to know where the money is. Our crim' ain't telling so the fists fly and guns are drawn. AS for narrative, it ain't in the gang, but Adrian does use his drawing skills to the stories advantage.

Things get even more action orientated in the second story Night Lizard. There is only the slimiest of plots; guy gets shot and sees some stuff as he drifts in and out of consciousness. These visions include a sword wielding superhero type doing some slicing and dicing. The striking think about the story is the stylish artwork, as Adrian uses the motif of falling rain to structure the pages with lots of diagonal lines (\\\\\\) engulfing the characters.

In a Word: looks.

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