Manor Black: Fire In the Blood #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt
Art by Brian Hurtt
Colors by Tyler Crook
Letters by Tyler Crook
The Rundown: Roman deals with the ghost of his past while Ari discovers a ghost in her present.
Roman Black is busy training Ari in how to use the power surging within her. What he doesn’t know is that his family is plotting under his roof and behind his back. Plotting to remind him that they are supposed to be in command of the power that Ari cannot control. After training is over, Roman remembers the past. A past where his return from war put him at odds with his family, specifically his own father. At the same time, Ari finds herself alone in the woods outside the manor and makes a discovery that could lead to more questions about the people she is now surrounded by.
Young Roman finds himself dealing with his father and having to go to lengths to prove to him who he really is while a new and unknown faces watches. In the present, Ari receives a spectral warning about her connection to Roman Black. In the past, Roman’s welcome home will include and dark and unexpected sacrifice of someone that he loves.
The Story: Bunn and Hurtt deliver a great mystery in this issue. I love returning to this world and seeing how the story expands along with learning more about the history of its characters. The story is richly engaging and there is a great sense of darkness that drew me in as a reader. I was drawn to the story and its characters from the start and cannot wait to see what happens next.
The Art: Hurtt delivers some great visuals throughout the issue. There are some beautifully drawn panels that deliver both thrills and chills.