Blood Tree #1
Written by Peter J Tomasi
Art by Maxim Simic
Colors by John Kalisz
Letters by Rod Leigh
The Rundown: A detective finds himself in the middle of a strange case with a growing number of bodies.
Detective Dario Azzaro gets ready for another day on the job. His duty during a parade will put him in the spotlight when a body falls from the sky wearing a pair of angel wings. Azzaro and his partner Diaz begin investigating and find a note that seemingly ends the case. Unfortunately, their open and shut case gets more complicated.
After spending a night out with his wife, Azzaro hears of another angel corpse that fell publicly and he and Diaz rush to the scene. When they discover a similar note near where the body fell, the detectives realize that the two cases are linked. At the same time, the man behind both bodies prepares for another.
The Story: Tomasi crafts an engaging murder mystery with this first issue. I love the grounded nature of the story and the reality of the characters. The plot is very character focused and the investigation grabbed and held my attention throughout. As every clue was unveiled, I found myself wanting to know more as well as what was going to happen next.
The Art: Simic delivers some great art in the issue. The visuals are engaging and beautifully complement the gritty nature of the story and its characters.