Writer/Artist: John Byrne, Will Pfeiffer(scripts), Dan Green(i), Alex Bleyeart(c)
When last we left Blood of the Demon, Jason was dead as a dodo, and all the long term spells he had cast began to unravel. Randu, Harry and new cast member Sara Kincaid traveled to the past to retrieve Jason Blood from the old west. Etrigan faced off against Joshua and the real power behind him, one of Jason's kin. Batman off panel saved many from Jason's building, which without Jason's wards ignited into an inferno. Randu's wife was among the least fortunate survivors.
Blood of the Demon's jump to One Year Later erects hurdles, which occasionally trip up Byrne and company. Either one or two things have happened. The Big Stupid Event did not instigate the massive reboot some expected, or the same events from the previous universe have replicated themselves in the new time line, if you can call it that. Regardless, the spawn of ICk seems to have flummoxed the reliable John Byrne.
Let me just say that Byrne's art is as stunning as usual, but the fluidity of his story has been hurt this issue by the jump in time. You get the impression that while he may have arrived at the same conclusions, he probably would have preferred about five or so more issues to create a more natural transition. We haven't experienced how the traditionally blind Randu's eyes healed, which brings up, naturally, certain spinal columns in other characters. We haven't experienced Randu making essentially a Tulpa that seeks out the Demon, nor the arrest or trial of Sara Kincaid. We also do not know how Etrigan fell into such dire straits.
The plot elements haven't changed as drastically as some of those in the other One Year Later titles. From what I gather Aquaman has had a fairly major shake up. You can follow the story in Blood of the Demon, but the reader has the feeling that he just walked in during the middle of the movie. You have to trace the story back to the point of divergence, and you're never quite sure if the path you're taking is correct. The dialogue rather than clue the reader to the characterization more often clues the reader to the plot. Because of this the dialogue suffers from a very distracting bout of clunk. Blood of the Demon was one of DC's more tightly woven titles, but because of One Year Later, a few threads come loose this issue.
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