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"President Werewolf #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Goatman Comics

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Written by Tim Vargulish
Illustrated by Shaun Pinello & Joey Lee Cabral
Inked by Shaun Pinello
Colored by Joe Lee Cabral
Lettered by Shaun Pinello
2021, 24 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on September 16th, 2020

Review:

Politics are difficult enough as it is, dealing with rival parties and different agendas. Despite the best of intentions (allegedly), many politicians are still labeled as monsters. President Werewolf puts a literal one in the White House. Things start out OK for Robert Wilkinson, but that changes when there's a full moon...

President Werewolf begins with a simple, yet brilliant premise. On Election Night, Wilkinson is attacked by a werewolf. When he's in office one night, dealing with an oil crisis with the Joint Chiefs, the full moon rises and a bloodbath ensues. That's one way to get the votes you need in Congress.

The difficulty with President Werewolf comes with the balance between the politics and the horror. This debut issue spends a healthy amount of time with both, however the momentum is lost when we focus more on the bureaucratic side. We want to learn more about the werewolf, so interest wanes when we spend so much time dealing with military options for a new terrorist threat that can cause problems for the oil industry. Just when I thought this was dragging on, the werewolf pops up and leaves behind a trail of bodies.

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This is where artists Shaun Pinello & Joey Lee Cabral really shine. The panel layout gets more erratic during the transformation and continues that way as blood is spilled. There are some inventive kills too as the President lets loose, literally tearing these people to shreds. The blood is flowing like waves, drenching this conference room.

When the werewolf first appears, both the one that attacked Wilkinson and the President himself, it's seen from the shadows with only red eyes glowing through the darkness. It's a great way to quickly raise the tension and show you that something crazy is about to happen.

The lettering in President Werewolf is pretty basic and leaves something to be desired. There's rarely any change in the font or size, so the dialogue lacks any emphasis on certain words. This is a small element that can greatly help in the context to the characters' speech.

President Werewolf has an undeniable hook that comes from a basic, but fun idea. There are some pieces that could be a bit tighter to help with the flow and overall reading experience, however there's more than enough to grab you and hold your attention for future issues.

President Werewolf #1 is available now through ComiXology.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover

Art: threestars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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