COMIC REVIEW: Random In-Depth Analysis of Wolf Moon

Issue 4
WOLF MOON
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: December 2014 – MAY 2015
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jeremy Haun and Lee Loughridge
 
Art Cover
 
What initially turned me on, about the front cover?
 
The front cover for issue #1 is absolutely breathtaking. There’s an eerie elegance to the artwork, it pulls you in and I wanted to learn more about the main character just from the cover; instead, I learnt that she is not the main character. I don’t think that she is even central to the story.
 
This wasn’t the reason for picking up the comic. After a recent visit to Whitby (England) and learning about its Gothic past I decided, for fun, to write a  comic with werewolves, but I didn’t want to write the normal tripe. I wanted it to be different. I knew that Vertigo was doing the same thing; taking an old concept and trying to reinvent it, I just wanted to see what they did it and whether they did it well.
 
I think that if you going to change a convention within a the genre you are going to have to find a reason, a very good reason why the story does not follow the genre conventions.
 
 
 
 
Is the Art Cover a representation of the story?
 
Er… no.  Wait I need to be fair. Does it reflect the theme? Does the person buying this comic,  know what type of story they will be reading? Yes.  Each issue depicts a wolf. Issues 1 to 6 at least shows someone in the story on the cover. Issue 1 doesn’t resemble anyone.
 
Issue 1
Issue 2
 
Issue 3
 
Issue 4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Issue 5
Issue 6
 
Flicking through it just seems like the same old, same old. Same style, same lacklustre story, give ’em more blood and gore and zero emotional depth to the story.
 
Colours
Colours that dominate the comic are cool green and blues, bright yellows, and naturally red. The colours gels nicely.
 
Layout /Panelling
The panel borders are uneven, they almost have a hand-drawn feel to them. I don’t know how it affects the story or the rhythm. Personally, it does not add anything to the narrative. There is a lot of action to action sequence panels going on.
 
 
 
Artwork
 
The artwork inside reminds me of photographs that have been made to look like a comic. Some of the character’s reactions to the horror that they have witnessed feel odd. I would be doing a whole lot more than looking slightly puzzled if one of my friends had been ripped apart by a wolf. This just made the comic unscary.
 
The entire feel of the comic feels raced, more action and not enough emotional side; maybe that’s how the horror genre is written. I still think you need to care about the main character. I really don’t feel much for Dillion. He was a werewolf for a while.  So? He loved being a werewolf. Eh? And I am supposed to feel a connection to a power hungry guy who has no feeling remorseful.
 
Move on.
 
Next comic, please!
 
 
 
Story
 
Why does the story exist?
 
Wolf Moon exists on the back of the success of American Vampire.  Like American Vampire they wanted to play with the old concept by creating new rules etc for this werewolf horror genre. 
 
 
What is the story saying?
 
That is the problem it more this is what the world would look like if werewolf became a virus. And what exactly is it saying that being a werewolf brings about hurt and destruction – please tell me something that I already don’t know.
 
 
Where is the story heading?
 
They managed to leave a cliffhanger at the end of issue 6. Does Dillion, the main character, live? Do I care? No.  So, it looks like Vertigo might give this story another volume.
 
 
 
Market Analysis
 
Who does this comic appeal to?
– appeals to those who love the genre of werewolf horror.
– may appeal to those who love horror.
– fans of the writer Cullen Bunn; Cullen continues to write for DC, Marvel etc
 
 
 
The all-important indexed sales figures.
 
SMLXL

 
Actually, this isn’t bad, granted the drop out rate between first and second issue is significant; but what I’m finding is that the comics that I’ve reviewed all had at least somewhere between 20-50% drop out rate on the second issue.  Why? I really don’t know.

 

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