I recently was presented with the opportunity to review an independent comic titled Bloodstripe the Marine: Frontline, Book 1, written and drawn by R.J. Mead.
The book opens with the United States Marines stationed at A.R.R.C. (Advanced Reconnaissance and Research Command Center) in the Middle East being overrun by an army of terrorist Weaponites. When all seems to be lost, our protagonist, Bloodstripe, arrives on the scene and proceeds to annihilate the enemy, saving the marines and the base in the process. We also learn that Bloodstripe is a United States Marine believed to have been killed in action a couple of years prior, by the name of John Gabriel.
I found the book to be very engaging, with an original story line and some intense fight scenes. While I feel the artwork could be improved, there were some excellent pages and as a whole, the art depicted the story very well. R.J. Mead is an excellent story teller and I loved the originality of the story. I was left both anticipating Bloodstripe’s next battle and curious as to the events surrounding his origin. I look forward to seeing where R.J. takes us next.