Titan Comics 2017
Written by Nick Kyme
Penciled by Jack Jadson
Inked by Nelson Pereira & Sandro Ribeiro
Coloured by Fabricio Guerra
Lettered by Simon Bowland
“If you’re just joining us, I’m Jim Johnson, vampire commentator, and this rugged slab of ogre sitting beside me is the infamous former Blood Bowl player Bob Bifford.”
“Thanks for the intro, Jim. I feel so special. Now, if you’ve only just woken from a fist-induced coma – like at least five of the players out on the pitch – here’s a reminder: Blood Bowl is an epic contest between two teams as they battle and bludgeon their way across a field, inflated pig intestine in hand, to score winning touchdowns!”
“Fans from every race across the known world are packed into stadia across the land tonight, or glued to their Cabalvision orbs, hoping to witness a brutal and bloody execution of skill, strategy and blunt force. Keep your eyes peeled for underhanded tactics – they’re the best bit!”
“Yup, anything goes, Jim – on and off the pitch. These players are going to fight it out,
no-holds-barred, in the hopes of becoming the ultimate Blood Bowl champions!”
Okay so here’s the deal this isn’t going to be for everyone. I mean it combines football and Warhammer into one heck of a bloody sport. Now if you are a fan of things like Rollerball, Running Man, Death Race etc then you’ll really rather enjoy the premise here. The whole underdog team rising up and fighting the system that wants them to fail playing a sport where violence and death are commonplace. Fans of the RPG game will find this drastically different than they are used to.
Personally it would be like a very dark twisted version of Quidditch would be if they went there. The no holds barred kind of thing that makes cage fighting, UFC and the like, as popular as it is. Me you wouldn’t guess it right off but i’m a fan of violent sports they have that excitement and edge to them that mixes danger and the flow of blood. So that this is wrapped up in one of those kind of adventures where we are supposed to root for the underdogs well that doesn’t hurt either.
I like the interior artwork here! The linework is fantastic it’s sharp and the attention to detail here is phenomenal. The utilisation of page layouts through the use of angles and perspective are fantastic for controlling the flow of the story. Also i’m a big proponent of the use of backgrounds and that we see them in play here like we do is utterly marvelous. Also the finishes here are great and the colouring is dynamic with its shading and delineation are completely on point.
So this is a story that centers around Dreng Sturnblud and his life and career, hte rise, fall and rise again to greatness. With his new teammates and an unknown foe that wants to stop the team from succeeding we’ll see if this washed up once great sportsman has what it takes to find himself again. It’s a good solid story so far with tons of promise and potential i’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.