Bloodhound Coming From Dark Horse

Remember Bloodhound? No, you don’t. I didn’t, even though it was one of my favorite DC titles coming out at the time. There were 10 issues from 2004-2005, about a prisoner working with the FBI to track those with superpowers although he wasn’t similarly gifted. It was written by Dan Jolley with art by Leonard Kirk & Robin Riggs and covers by Dave Johnson.

Bloodhound #2 cover

This was a period, just before Identity Crisis and the rise of Dan DiDio, where DC was publishing things like Fallen Angel, Gotham Central, Ex Machina, the DC Focus imprint with Hard Time and the others… now, it looks like the last hurrah of diverse superhero titles. These folks had powers — or lived in worlds with those who did — but the stories were about more than just big fights.

I loved Bloodhound, although it sounds like something I wouldn’t. Now comes news, courtesy of Robot 6, that Dark Horse will be releasing a collection in June. (Only it won’t include issue #5, which guest-starred Firestorm (Jason Rusch), whose series Jolley was also writing at the time. It was part two of a story that started in Firestorm (2004) #7.) They’re adding an introduction by Kurt Busiek and an afterword by Ivan Cohen, editor of the series.

Note that they’re also changing the last three issues. Originally, the bad guy was Zeiss, a Batman villain; now, he’s been removed/rewritten.

The Robot 6 interview explains the title’s premise as well as the rights reversion that allowed Jolley to take the series to another publisher. (DC never seemed to care about it, anyway.) After Firestorm and Bloodhound were cancelled in 2005, Jolley pretty much disappeared from comics, but I’m hoping that calling the book Volume 1: Brass Knuckle Psychology implies that we might see more in future.

Digression: Wow, the world we’re living in now. I did a quick Google Discussions search to find my old Usenet mentions of the title, and I turned up reference to a graphic novel called Creased. Sounded interesting, so I popped over to my library’s website and placed an ILL order. When it’s ready at my local branch, I’ll get an email. Reading comics is so easy these days!


6 Responses to “Bloodhound Coming From Dark Horse”

  1. Brian M. Says:

    Really enjoyed this series and still have the issues in my closet. Fingers crossed for more stories in the not too distant future.

  2. Argo Plummer Says:

    I remember this series and liked it as well. I think I moved to Colorado while it was coming out and never got the last few issues, but I enjoyed what I read. I will definitely pick this TPB up when it comes out.

  3. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    i remember this series as well, and your recommendation of it. One of its real difficulties is that the simply stated premise really did make it sound uninteresting to the audience that would have appreciated it. Meanwhile, the audience that might be enticed by the “elevator pitch” for the series were not really going to appreciate what the book really was. DC did lots of experimentation, but were never very good at actually being able to match those books up with their proper audience.

    and I loved the DC Focus line. I also find it very interesting that all the books from that line have been reprinted now, except “Touch” by John Francis Moore. That was the one that interested me the least when the line was announced, but it was well done and had me interested once I actually read the book. I wish that book could have its rights revert to the creators so it could be released as a TPB…

  4. Johanna Says:

    That’s a great point, that simply putting out different works isn’t enough, that you also have to get them in front of the audience. I remember a lot of discussions from that time period about how DC would throw unusual books into the same old comic market … and that was before they had a more outreach-oriented marketing group or a solid presence in bookstores to reach another kind of reader.

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