In this explosive fourth issue of Bloodthirsty, Virgil embarks on a suicide mission to save the citizens of New Orleans before it’s too late.
First of all, I want to apologize for the late review of Bloodthirsty #4 (out now via Titan Comics). The end of the year and most of this month have been crazy! But let’s move it right along, shall we? Because it went down in New Orleans in this issue.
Virgil has finally reached the zenith of his plan to destroy Wolfinger and the rich bloodsuckers who plan to use the cities poorest and disenfranchised as chattel for food and their own personal battle against aging. With a little help from an accomplice, Virgil is able to infiltrate the posh and utterly amoral party Wolfinger has thrown to coincide with the coming of the powerful Hurricane Rose. Wolfinger has managed to amass most of the city into the Wolfinger Dome under the guise of altruism and concern for their safety, but that’s a ruse. His intentions are the furthest from being noble.
Luckily for Virgil, detectives Fontenot and Arnaud have become suspicious about what they see going on at the Wolfinger Dome, and they’ve decided to step in to get to the bottom of things. The result is an exhilirating, fast-paced turn of events that left me white-knuckled. I mean, talk about being screwed.
I love how writer Mark Landry continues to share the stories and give voice to the experiences of the oft-forgotten citizens of New Orleans that lived the terror of Hurricane Katrina, before, during, and after she made landfall a decade ago. It’s one of the most embarrassing moments for us a country, but like most any piece of news that is about real people, especially lower income or poor people, it is rapidly becoming just a small footnote to be looked up on Google on its anniversary. More importantly, Landry continues to take the elite to task for failing these people. It’s never preachy or too over-the-top (although Wolfinger is a blood-boiling, contemptible villain with megalomaniacal machinations that will shock and views on society that will awe), but it’s there and it often makes me remember; it stokes my concern and need to follow up about this great city and state ten years later.
Bloodthirsty #4 saw a new group of artists bring Landry’s story to life. Previously it was Ashley Witter, but this issue featured artist Richard Pace and colors by Sian Mandrake and Justin Prokowich. I have to admit that the art was just a little muddled for me. The art was just a bit too blunt for me, and I would have loved to see more color and more detail in the fancy masks and costumes the attendees at Wolfinger’s demonic ball were wearing. For Bloodthirsty fans and readers from day one, it will be a huge departure from you’re accustomed to.
Overall, however, this is my second favorite issue because it had me at the edge of my seat and because Virgil is in one hell of a jam. I can’t wait to see how he gets out of it, and how Fontenot, Arnaud and the people of New Orleans weather this storm.