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Wonderfully Creepy Mood at the Heart of ALABASTER: WOLVES #2

  • Jul 14, 2012
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With each generation, horror undergoes a bit of a renaissance.  A few new elements get added to it while a few now harmless ones are swept away.  What remains close to the core is the legitimate scare – what truly frightens us in the deep recesses of our minds when we hear the thump in the night.  Sometimes, it’s nothing – a slamming shutter blown by the wind, or an echo hatcheted into something terrifying across the distance it travels.  Other times, it’s very real … it’s alive and breathing … and, in order for the world to be set right, it needs to be slain.


Dancy Flammarion knows a thing or two about slaying.


(WARNING: Minor spoilers may expose elements of the plot.  Tread lightly.)


When we last saw the young, injured Dancy, she had escaped the clutches of a nefarious beast in the final panels of Issue #1.  The action picks up moments later here, as she wakes up, exhausted and disoriented from the events.  However, there’s an even bigger and nastier surprise waiting for her outside.


Caitlin Kiernan keeps spinning her yarn in this second (of five) issue.  What looks like a normal diner turns out to be a barely safe stopping place for our young hero.  Like the first issue, the artwork is mostly sparse but wonderfully moody.  Colors are full of doom and gloom to match the themes, with some terrific use of dark tones in this segment’s showdown.


RECOMMENDED.  It’s a wacky, nutty, scary world postulated out there right in the midst of ALABASTER: WOLVES.  To be honest, I’m not completely convinced I understand it all (werewolves, talking birds, guardian angels, secret identities, etc.), but there’s enough depth and enough action and enough mystery to keep this reader interested.  Kiernan’s world hints at apocalypse and devastation and just the sweet, sweet, but dangerous passage of time; and her character – Dancy Flammarion – has miles to go before she sleeps … miles to go before she sleeps …


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 #2 by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review.

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