BLEED 2039 #1 – Indie Comic Book Review

Bleed 2039I love Film Noir.  If you don’t know, it is a Hollywood film style shot with a low key black and white style.  In the genres of Film Noir that include crime fiction or drama, there is usually the center character of a private eye.  The classic Film Noir were created in the 40s & 50’s and The Maltese Falcon and Kiss Me Deadly are perfect examples of crime fiction Film Noir.  Fedoras, fast cars, speakeasy bars, gangsters etc can all be found in early crime fiction; now take all of that and drop it in a sci-fi future and that’s what you have with BLEED 2039 by Alan James Edwards / AHR Visions.
BLEED 2039 is a neo-noir sci-fi graphic novel that follows The Detective through a post second great depression.  It takes place in Amsterdam, a small town in upstate NY, and instead of alcohol there is a cigarette prohibition, Neo-Jazz and speakeasies are now Haze Bars!  Oh yeah, there’s a crime involving the Mayor’s wife, a cigarette black market and The Detective is caught in the middle.
BLEED 2039 #1 is a good read!  In the first issue we are introduced to The Detective; his reputation and why he’s the man The Mayor wants on the case. The dialogue is crisp with no filler and moves the story along. The artwork, handled by Abdul H. Rashid is in strictly black & white, to further define the Noir aspect of the project.
If you like the idea of a different type of read – Sci-Fi Noir, then you should check out this project. Alan James Edwards and AHR Visions have a current Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/291655160/bleed-2039 .  Read it and donate! The campaign is for a 4 book volume series and it has some exciting looking rewards!

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