She Wolf – Volume One

7 Overall Score
Art: 6/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

I'll always praise a unique take on old ideas.

I really don't care for the art.

She Wolf – Volume 1
Story/Art/Cover: Rich Tommaso
Image Comics
2016

A surreal exploration in horror, SHE WOLF follows a teenage girl who believes she’s been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her everyday reality. Friends and family help to unlock the keys to her strange transformations through their own personal experiences with lycanthropy and by use of witchcraft. Collects issues #1-4.

She Wolf Volume One collects the first four issues of the comic series, as well as some bonus features. The story is a fairly straight forward one, full of werewolves and vampires and demons, but there’s not much that hasn’t been done before, except one decent twist on the lycanthrope mythos. It’s an average story idea with below average art, and it’s a little hard to like the whole package.

First off, the art is some of the most simple I’ve seen in a major release in years. It has an overly artistic flair to it, but it also makes what is going on unclear, and I can’t imagine a much worse sin for any comic. The character proportions are completely different from panel to panel, this character looks too much like that character half the time, and shadows and highlights are impressionistic best. Even when the art isn’t making the action harder to follow, it simply fails to impress.

The story isn’t all that bad, but it does tend to be very linear and direct. There’s some interesting subtext towards the later issues, and the mixture of reality and dream state is well done, but over all, everything feels a little thin. It’s a spectacle with little substance, made worse by the rough art style.

It may not be the easiest thing to praise She Wolf, but it isn’t without merit either. I did enjoy the show, but I was left feeling like almost every aspect of it could have been better. I can’t call it a fascinating story, I can’t call it edge of your seat horror, and I can’t call it amazing art. She Wolf gets a solid ‘average’ from me, even as I wish it were worth more.

 

 

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