Wolvenheart #1, from Mad Cave Studios is enough to make your hair stand up! Or in my case, to make my former follicles quake in fear, wherever they may lie!
Creator and writer Mark London begins Part One (of Seven) back in the olde days: upstate New York, in 1858. An experiment is being conducted under a full moon at the Fairfield Psychiatric Facility.
A man is strapped to a gurney, insisting that he’s a werewolf. The doctor scoffs: we’ll just see! Just as things are starting to go really REALLY wrong for the doctor, enter Sterling Cross, legendary Werewolf slayer of Wolvenheart!!
The resulting tale is a time-travelling, multi-dimensional dive into an evil conspiracy that reaches as far as Queen Victoria’s royal family!
Mark London is clearly in his element in Wolvenheart. There is a joy and cackle ever-present in the proceedings; it’s part old monster movie, part Back To The Future. The dialogue is direct and dramatic, the scenes carefully choreographed for maximum impact. Alejandro Giraldo contributes wonderful optics: bad beasts, wicked women, plenty of period costumes dripping with daggers. The colouring is murky, atmospheric and delightful.
If you like your horror served with a side of science fiction à la Doctor Who, well, Wolvenheart may be just for you!
Mad Cave Studios, Wolvenheart #1 (of 7), $3.99 for 28 pages of content, Assume Teen + rating
As we learn in the intro, Jones, aka the Hellfighter, is back, unwillingly. You see, there is a gem called the Azure Sun, and bad people want it. Quin is forced to fight for his life against some pretty rough baddies. And someone’s impersonating him!
Writer Jay Sandlin delivers the attitude and the dialogue here, as Hellfighter gets egged into battle. The tensions run high here!
The artist Atagun contributes plenty of visual drama to the mix: splash pages, angled panels, leaping figures. The figures are good, and the story’s progression is easy to follow.
Colourist Maria Santaolalla’s palette is richly rewardIng in deep colour. The environments, fight scenes and subterranean blues all ring true. Hellfighter Quin is off to a powerful start, so be sure to check out this issue!
Mad Cave Studios, Hellfighter Quin #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Assume Teen+ rating
Reviewed by Alan Spinney @spinneyalan