Review: Wolf Moon #1

wolfmoon - covVertigo and the supernatural go almost hand in hand, but after years of werewolves being of interest in popular culture, it offers more of a challenge for stories featuring the creatures of the night to be relevant and compelling.  This series from Vertigo attempts another look at the creatures, this time from a slightly different outlook.  Much of the somewhat canonical background of the characters is gone, replaced by something a little bit different.  The story focuses on Dillon, a man with a reason to hunt the werewolves, as he ventures to Kentucky after putting together the telling evidence from a recent attack.  As he faces the beast, he comes to an interesting conclusion, one which he had not really considered before, and one which forces him towards an unconventional solution.

Throughout this issue there are different elements at play.  Dillon has to deal with Cayce, who seems at first to be a romantic interest, but then might be something else.  When confronting the beast Dillon has some realizations about himself, but they are left somewhat ambiguous as well.  This ambiguity is meant to build tension, but it is almost too ambiguous as not enough is yet known to really draw in the reader.

Those interested in werewolves and the supernatural genre will probably find enough to draw them in here, but for outsiders the genre, there is far less here of much value.  Story is often shunted for the benefit of gore, and the characters are not developed enough in this initial issue to provide enough to grasp on to.  It is a shame too, because the cover by June Chung is one of the most visually captivating covers that I have seen in a long time, and while it draws in the reader, there is nothing inside this issue which matches the eloquence of the exterior.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jeremy Haun  
Story: 7.0  Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass