California is the setting…for what looks to be the apocalypse. To be specific, Los Angeles, California. Where the ordinary meets the extraordinary and the natural order lays way to the supernatural. They couldn’t have picked a better setting for Wolf.
Antoine Wolf, the title’s main character, seems to be the “go to” type of guy for his buddies. However, his life also seems to be haunted in that he, and others, thinks he is immortal. Coupled with the fact that he has the “gift” of seeing the dead, he looks to live a tormented life. Not to mention that his best friend has tentacles on his face and that the book opens with him being on fire in a straitjacket. Between the vampires, werewolves, and clairvoyant individuals, it’s seems to be just another day in L.A.
With all of those creatures inside this book, the scariest one seems to be human. Sterling Gibson serves as an old, rich, racist and a means to an end for Antoine Wolfe. Even though he shares an eighth of the pages in the book, his presence is felt before and after his on-page appearance. As early as it is in this series, the impression he left upon me was that he will be a huge obstacle for Antoine in the future.
Not to dwell on specifics for too long, I’d like to talk about the overall style of the book. The writing and art complement each other so well in this book that it is hard to believe that there were so many people that had a hand in it and that they all had a singular vision.
Wolf is written by Ales Kot, art by Matt Taylor, Colors by Lee Loughridge, Lettering by Clayton Cowles, and Designed by Tom Muller. This is a superstar team that has just pulled off one incredibly stunning book. Each has brought their talents to this book in a BIG way. It truly is a unique piece and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
In oh-so-many-words, this is one of the best books I’ve read. In line with Image Comics’ original content, WOLF is one of the most thought provoking comics I have read to date. The challenges faced by the main character are complex and, hauntingly enough in this day and age, relatable. From racism to ageism, the problems that faces are more than familiar. This book has something for everyone.
Thanks to Ales Kot for the review copy.
Written by Ales Kot
Art by Matt Taylor
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Lettering by Clayton Cowles
Designed by Tom Muller
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