Dancy Flammarion isn’t your ordinary young lady. A monster slayer of sorts, she may or may not be possessed by monsters of her own. Believing herself to be on some kind of religious mission to rid the world of demons, she may or may not be hearing the voice of God or her own personal angel of wrath. Plus all of that, and she’s albino, too! What’s a girl to do?
Dancy is the creation of novelist Caitlin R. Kiernan. Her first appearance harkens back to Kiernan’s 1998 book, THRESHOLD, where the young girl joins forces with a paleontologist in a mystery involving – you guessed it! – a monster that may or may not have existed. The ongoing theme of “is it real or just in my mind” always appears to revolve around Dancy’s dealings in her quest to keep the American south free of demons. Author Kiernan kept the Dancy’s tales alive with a collection of short stories in 2006, and now she returns to Dancy’s world with this new adventure – a spiritual reboot, of sorts – with Dark Horse Comics. (Hat-tip: Newsarama & Dark Horse)
What evils might the young albino girl fight this go’round? You can tune in for yourself on April 11, 2012, when ALABASTER: WOLVES streets. It comes compliments of Kiernan, with arts and letters by Steve Lieber and coloring by Rachelle Rosenberg.
This first issue plays out like a dreamy parable for this reader’s first experience in Dancy’s world. I’ll admit to being a little bit at a loss with the set-up – suffice it to say that Dancy kinda/sorta gathers her information from a host of curious sources – but, as the story progressed, it became much easier to grasp the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ of the narrative. Before it’s all over, blood may (or may not!) be spilled, but one thing will be clear: the forces of evil at still at work in the American southland, so it’s good for mankind that there’s a new slayer in town. And don’t be fooled by her demure features!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It’s a first installment, but it’s an impressive first installment. This is definitely one ride worth hanging around for. I’d like to know where this one is headed.
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics provided me with a digital (advance) copy of ALABASTER: WOLVES #1 for the expressed purposes of completing this review.