Review: The Curse Of The Wendigo

wendigoComiXology was invaded by the French comic book industry on Monday.

More than a hundred and fifty English language translations of the original French comics published by the Delcourt Group will be released as digital first comics exclusively on ComiXology over the next twelve months, and this week the first batch of comics were released. Curse Of The Wendigo, Come Prima, Iron Squad, Spin Angels, Promethee,  and Josephine.

Although I haven’t read the other five comics released yet, I did check out Curse of The Wendigo. Illustrated by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) and written by Matthieu Missoffe, Curse Of The Wendigo is a two part story, with the second issue due out next month, set during The First World War, in July of 1917.

What threat could possibly drive the French and German  armies to work together to fight? Well if you’ve read the title of the comic, you probably have a very good idea of what that threat will be. Curse Of The Wendigo does an excellent job of touching on the military tensions between the two nations, never throwing it directly into your face and yet never understating what would be a far from easy relationship between opposing armies.

Amongst the tensions you have Wohtai, one of 12,000 Native America soldiers active in the First World War, and the only man who knows what it is they must confront.  The characterization of the soldiers in the trenches is done very well, and nothing that they do during the comic seems out of character for them; after a second read of the comic, I felt I had a very good understanding of the soldiers, which is a testament to Matthieu Missoffe’s excellent writing. If you’ve ever seen any of Charlie Adlard’s artwork from The Walking Dead, then you know what to expect here. It’s very solid, and really conveys the general misery and gloominess of being in the trenches during the First World War, especially when coupled with Aurore Folny’s colouring. 

As the first comic that I’ve ever read from the Delcourt Group, Curse Of The Wendigo is an excellent introduction to the publisher’s comics, and having never read anything by the Delcourt Group before, I’m eagerly looking forward to the second part of this story, and I can’t wait to get a chance to check out the publisher’s other releases. 

This is an invasion that will only enrich comic book readers lives in North America.

Script: Matthieu Missoffe Art: Charlie Adlard Colours: Aurore Folny
Story: 8.50 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

The Delcourt Group provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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