- Writer and Letterer: Robert A. Multari
- Artists: Carlos Herrera and Oscar Choquecota Ale
- Colorist: Ross A. Campbell and Carlos Herrera
- Editor: Ryan Rotuna
Thanks to Lisa Melone with Melone Management and Lone Wolf Comics for the review copy!
NIGHT WOLF VOLUME 1, from Lone Wolf Comics, collects the first four issues of Night Wolf along with some bonus art material. The title is about a guy in high school who discovers he’s a werewolf and is drawn into a supernatural war featuring all sorts of demons, vampires, and secret agents. Thankfully this is no TWILIGHT (sorry, TWILIGHT fans, I just didn’t dig it).
NIGHT WOLF makes quite a few interesting storytelling decisions. First, while we meet many of the bad guys early on, it takes its time revealing the title character. The story also makes frequent uses of interludes to look at different characters as well as making the interesting decision to tell the story from multiple points of view, including both heroes and villains. In the process, the book slowly reveals a wide and vibrant universe of characters.
While it takes some time to kick into overdrive, when the action amps up, the art captures the movement and fighting excellently. The early part of the volume features plenty of high school banter, but things eventually get quite dark and the violence is often quite brutal. While the plot gets dark, the colors are bright and vibrant, even in the night scenes, which make effective use of coloring and shading to make the images pop in the gloom. The use of different color lettering for each character’s ‘internal monologue’ boxes is very helpful given the frequent shift in perspective.
NIGHT WOLF provides a fresh take on a popular subject, werewolves. Fans of vampire, werewolves, and other supernatural baddies fighting will enjoy this book. Its high school setting will likely appeal to readers who fall within that age group, but there is nothing in the book that would prevent older readers from enjoying it. The volume’s cursing is obscured by the “@!&$” technique, but there is still plenty of blood and adult themes, so some parental discretion is advised. If you give the series a try, be prepared to become invested in the larger universe as there are many more stories that can be told.
NIGHT WOLF VOLUME 1 is available as a trade paperback on Indiegogo until February 23rd 2021.
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