Friday, July 24, 2015

Comic Review: Wolf #1

I don't understand Ales Kot. I've read a couple of his comics before, and even reviewed one before, but I didn't get it there either. Maybe he's a genius that I'm too stupid to get, maybe he just works in a style that I don't really like, or some combination or variation on those, but Wolf is yet another comic of his that I just don't get.
He starts it off with a bold move, first showing Antoine Wolfe, the main character, when he's been set on fire. It's set to some narration of how the human population is tiny and the supernatural population is through the roof, and I'm liking how this story starts. He had been set on fire by a very racist man named Sterling Gibson, who was testing if Wolfe was really a clairvoyant and could be of some use. We spend a lot of the first half of the issue in an exchange between Gibson and Wolfe, in which Gibson gives him a mission to kill someone, but that is obviously part of the larger plotline, as it abruptly goes in a different direction, something that happens more than once in this first issue.

While all of this is happening, we keep cutting over to a girl who is found by police by a pile of bodies covered in blood. It's not clear if she killed them, but this story moves forward on the side without any obvious relevance, until the end when it sort of abruptly runs into the main plotline.

For all these issues, I have to talk about something that I love. If I come back to this series later, it will be because of Freddy Chtonic. He's a regular guy, except that he has a face resembling Cthulhu, and talks in a lot of alliteration. He steals every scene he's in, coming to Wolfe because he needs help with his landlord, who's raising the rent, which is a problem because his tentacle porn days are over, and I cannot believe that I am typing these sentences. He seems like just a normal guy who has a Cthulhu head, and his appearance and alliteration and wonderfully straight up campy in the middle of an otherwise deadly serious book. Somehow, he makes the world much more believable than the serious world around it. His storyline, however, leads to the most bizarre part of the book, as in the middle of it, there is literally a single black page that, in the middle says "Don't worry. We'll come back to that.", and just ends and jumps forward in time to dealing with a different story. It is one of the strangest storytelling decisions I've seen in anything in a while, continuing this issue's weird problem with finishing a thought or storyline.

I really like Freddy Chtonic, but I'm not sure if I'm reading any more of this series. I just don't really get the rest of it or know what I'd read it for.

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