Hey, hey. This is D.C. Jackson here for another throwdown.
Like some people, I grew up on a certain genre of film, television, etc. While I love comics as a medium, my most favorite genre in any medium as always been horror. It’s in my blood.
So, eventually I was going to read something like this:
Vertigo’s Wolf Moon came out last year, and is the brainchild of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jeremy Haun. The 6-issue mini-series involves a man’s hunt for a werewolf that ruined his life. However, protagonist Dillon Chase is not the only man hunting the werewolf.
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Wolf Moon is BRUTAL. I can’t emphasize that enough.
I don’t recall ever reading something so horrendous, so violating, and so disturbing.
The very graphic nature of the werewolf is given ample spotlight, the coloring by Lee Loughridge help to enhance the horror brought by Haun’s art. In all its incarnations, the werewolf is not a hunter, but a malicious, sadistic murderer that, as Chase says, hunts for pleasure, rather than necessity.
Every death committed by the werewolf is so horrendous.
I love learning about folklore and myths, and I’m sure everyone is familiar with werewolf folklore in some form. However, Bunn introduces aspects I’ve never been aware of, and I was thankful for that. I enjoyed how the werewolf curse was not passed by a bite, as seen in other media. In Wolf Moon, how the curse passes from person to person emphasizes the difficulties Dillon Chase has in tracking and ending the curse.
Bunn also does a good job making you understand how these people have been affected by the werewolf curse. None were left unscathed, and all were changed forever. No time was given to overload the read on flashbacks of one character, not even Dillon, and that was a very well-thought out plan on Bunn’s part. You see what the character thinks, how they felt, how they got to their emotional point, and why you should understand and care about them.
Flashbacks are plentiful in Wolf Moon. I loved the distinctly bloody hue of the flashbacks provided by Loughridge. Nothing says horror than crimson. Simply put, each flashback was written in a meaningful way.
The ending, in true horror fashion, leaves you almost elated, until you see just how wide-reaching the werewolf curse really is. I was left feeling dejected by the end of the story, but in a good way. And I believe that if Dillon knew how meaningful his obsessive quest truly was, he would have felt the same.
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The only thing I can even consider a problem was the climax of the book. There is one character who hunting the werewolf just like Dillon, but for other reasons. I would have liked to have had a little more time on a couple of characters. Nonetheless, none of the characters’ time in Wolf Moon, or lack thereof, did little to diminish the quality of the story.
Wolf Moon was an incredibly quick and incredibly satisfying horror by Vertigo. Cullen Bunn wrote each character very simply with just enough background to understand the motivations and emotions behind the important characters. I only wished for a little more development on two characters, but it is something I could easily overlook look that when faced with the creative team’s success at delivering a visual and literary dark tale.
Kay also read this before me and loved it, and I couldn’t help but agree. If you’re looking for a good-quality horror experience, we both highly recommend Vertigo’s Wolf Moon.