Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Vanesa Del Rey
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Redlands #3 does a great job of picking up the pieces from issue #2 and introduces the character Laurent. The previous issue left off with Laurent capturing the Redbrant Killer and this issue begins with the events that take place before the killer’s capture. During these events, we learn more about Laurent and his role in the town. Prior to this issue, only glimpses of Laurent are seen and nothing more, but that changes in this issue. Laurent is a unique individual and it shows through his job, the relationships he has, and the fact he is more than a man. After Laurent reveals to Bridget he captures the Redbrant Killer, things do not go as planned, and Laurent lets the killer know that he is not happy in very gruesome manner.
Another thing that made this issue enjoyable was the backmatter. Some readers tend not to read the backmatter, but it should not be ignored in this issue. For example, it describes the process on how to skin a deer. It’s relevant to this issue because in one scene Laurent is seen skinning a deer, and very interesting to a city boy like me. The backmatter also shows old newspaper clippings that are very much relevant to Laurent as well, so it shouldn’t be overlooked.
Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey are creating something amazing with the Redlands. Issue #3 picks up the pace and will only continue to get better and better. Jordie Bellaire is known for being a great colorist, but she is showing that she has what it takes to be an awesome writer. Vanesa Del Rey’s art is perfect for this book because she has a good feel for things that are eerie and creepy. This is only the third issue, so if you need a new horror/rural noir book to add to your pile, please make it this one.