The GeeksverseAlabastar: Wolves #1

Alabastar: Wolves #1
Published on Thursday, April 12, 2012 by

Dancy Flammarion goes from novels to comics. How is the transition?

Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Written by: Caitlin R. Kiernan
Art by: Steve Lieber
Colored by: Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettered by: Steve Lieber
Cover by: A- Greg Ruth; B- Michael Avon Oeming
Assistant Editor: Jemiah Jefferson
Editor: Rachel Edidin

Don’t forget to check out the ‘Verse’s interview with the creative team.

I have to admit that I knew nothing about the character prior to seeing the first teaser image, which ends up being the Greg Ruth cover. Covers are meant to get the reader’s attention and make them interested in the comic enough to pick it up. This one definately did it’s job.

I’m glad that what was inside the cover was as good as the cover.

Alabastar is different. It won’t be for everyone. We don’t learn much about Dancy, just enough to learn that she inhabits a pretty crazy world. And she might be a little crazy herself. There’s not much backstory about her or how she got there. There’s some context provided by the two other characters in this story, explaining that she’s getting a reputation as a killer. Her responses make it sound like the world is inhabited by monsters, and as we find out it is.

Kiernan does a great job though of making the story interesting without any backstory. We don’t have to know Dancy’s history in order to understand what is going on, or to enjoy it. In fact, this is one of the rare cases where not knowing makes for a better story. The reader is thrown into the deep end and that makes Dancy seem crazier then she might really be. We have just her interpretation of events and her telling us that an Angel told her to do it.

So who’s telling the truth and just how much of what Dancy thinks is reality?

That makes for an interesting story as we follow Dancy and try to figure out just how crazy she really is.

There’s a feel of craziness running through the book, from Dancy and the werewolf. The riddle game, and it’s result, is surprising. That we don’t know alot of what is going on, like the interaction between Dancy and her angel, makes the book even crazier.

Which makes for a great read.

Lieber’s art is fantastic. Dancy looks dirty, tired and stressed. The werewolf’s slow transformation is incredible, each panel moving further from woman to werewolf. And the angel? Scary. Very scary. He packs alot of detail into the pages and you really have to pay attention. Excellent work.

Alabastar: Wolvers #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

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