Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Astounding Wolf-Man "Director's Cut" #1 - Review

Superhero Meets Supernatural

CEO Gary Hampton is mauled by a bear on a family trip and put into a coma for months. None of his doctors or family members think he'll ever wake up. But Hampton wasn't mauled by a bear, and after he wakes up it's obvious that his attacker was more of the canine variety. When the full moon rises, so does the beast inside of Hampton. After a visit from a mysterious stranger, Hampton is given the chance to learn to control the beast within him and harness his power. If he doesn't, it might come back to bite him.

Written by Robert Kirkman and drawn by Jason Howard, The Astounding Wolf-Man is a Skybound title published by Image Comics. The artwork is a very simple and clean look, much like that of the early issues of Kirkman's Invincible, but the pacing of the panels and the storytelling is on par with any more complicated book. I for one don't mind artwork to be simple and clean sometimes. I find that some books, like Spawn for instance, sometimes have too many lines and too much detail to them. The clean look of Hampton and Wolf-Man is a welcome change from the comic book norm of over-drawn characters.

The pacing and writing is good for a first issue, considering that the setup has to be stretched over an entire book. We get some glimpses of Hampton as the Wolf-Man, but nothing in terms of a fight or battle. That isn't a bad thing. In fact, I'd say it's a much better way to introduce a character like this. I'm aware that it's been going on for some years now, but as a new reader I'd say that it was more than enough to get me interested in it. I've been on a Kirkman kick lately, and reading this is a direct result of that. So if you're a fan of Kirkman's Walking Dead, Invincible, or even Super Dinosaur, give this book a try. I am.

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