Top Cow Review: Teen Wolf #1, Teen Wolf #2, Pilot Season: The Test #1

Teen Wolf #1

Teen Wolf #1The three issue Teen Wolf comic book series from Top Cow and MTV Comics is based on the new MTV series, not the campy movies.  There’s a lot I like in the first issue, but also a bunch I shrugged.  The story is ok in that tween sort of way and seems to take a lot of influence from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as to the themes and characters.  The similarity being, you have a teen in high school who has to deal with this power and ability.  But, unlike Buffy, the main character Scott is hunted and not the hunter.  The entertaining twist is that the hunter is Scott’s girlfriend’s father, a nice spin that you know will set up conflict in that Scott doesn’t want to hurt him to protect himself, but he might have to.

Where the first issue drops for me is the art.  It’s not up to snuff for other Top Cow comics.  The character consistency just isn’t there and there’s some outright nasty panels.

The ending though was enough to make me want to read the second issue, where I might have dismissed it were different.  I’m not a Buffy fan, and this being in a similar vein it’s not surprising I can’t quite recommend the series, but if you enjoy the television show or Buffy, it might be for you.

Writer: David Tischman Artist: Stephen Mooney Publisher: Top Cow and MTV Comics

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Teen Wolf #2

Teen Wolf #2The second issue of the three issue limited series is much like the first.  The story is ok, and the art is shaky.  It picks up where the first left off with Scott needing to figure out why he’s still in werewolf form.  For some reason he’s stuck and needs to find help.  Issues compound because it’s not like he can go to school like it and he has a lacrosse game to play in and a girlfriend he has to juggle.

The series I think would have done well to focus more on the drama and relationship angle, and Scott’s struggle with having this creature inside of him.  Instead it bounces around between that and wanting to be Buffy.  It doesn’t quite pull it off

Again, the art isn’t what I’d expect from a Top Cow comic.  Like the first, it suffers inconsistent design of the characters.

My thoughts on the second issue are pretty much the same as the first.

Writer: David Tischman Artist: Stephen Mooney Publisher: Top Cow and MTV Comics

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Pilot Season: The Test #1

The Test #1I’m pretty much ready to declare it Joshua Hale Fialkov month.  In this comic, which he co-created with Matt Hawkins, Fialkov teams up with his Echoes artist Rahsan Ekedal.  The issue is the first of Top Cow’s latest Pilot Season which allows comic book readers to pick up a bunch of number one issues, and then vote as to which they want to see become a limited series.  It’s Kickstarter meets American Idol.  The first issue is all creepy and mystery, which I’d expect from Fialkov and Ekedal.  Both are masters at it.

A group of individuals wake up in a biodome with little memory as to who they are or how they got there.  All that’s given to them is what’s told through a giant video screen at the top of the dome.  How much of this is real?  Is this a game?  Is this a giant experiment?  We have no idea but the first issue sets it all up and keeps us wondering.

There’s a lot of nice touches here with the main characters not being able to talk for a while and all we get is the pre-programmed computer feeding them information.  The set up is solid, art is good and enough mystery to make me want to find out more.  Hopefully, we get a chance to see where it all goes from here.

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Rahsan Ekedal Publisher: Top Cow

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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