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"Wolvenheart #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Mad Cave Studios

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Written by Mark London
Illustrated by Alejandro Giraldo
Lettered by Miguel Angel Zapata
2019, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 30th, 2019

Review:

Sterling Cross is the best at what he does. He happens to work in a very specialized field. See, Sterling is a time traveling monster hunter for an organization called Wolvenheart. That's something that will definitely stand out on a resume. Aided by Nicola Tesla and advised by Van Helsing, he bounces through time to stamp out supernatural uprisings before they mess up the timeline. A new challenge is approaching as the Queen in Black looms in the distance that will test Sterling's skills in a way they never have been before.

I'm a sucker for monster hunting stories. There's something so awesome about someone risking their life to take on all manner of supernatural beings, usually operating in secret. Wolvenheart puts a new spin on it by providing the large scale backing of a clandestine operation. Picture MI6, but focused on monstrous threats instead of terrorists. They have their own special headquarters and a slew of gizmos and gadgets.

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The design for Sterling's gear and the Wolvenheart headquarters is very Victorian in nature. Instead of leaning into steampunk, artist Alejandro Giraldo gives it a bit of a sci-fi vibe. This creates an interesting blend of styles that works well on the page. Add to that the darker nature of some of the creatures Sterling encounters and you end up with a pretty robust palette.

A great example of this is a gorgeous double-page spread that shows how Sterling travels through time. This happens while he's also explaining how these monsters came to our world in the first place. The hunter is spiraling across the bottom of the page in a translucent blue tube while the Earth spins in the background. Usually when you see time travel it's a flashy machine or a bright portal that moves the user instantly, so this is a pretty cool look as to how it works.

Sterling takes a little getting used to, as he's super arrogant. It's one thing to be great at your job, but it's quite another to brag about it. This is grating at first, but as the issue goes on, writer Mark London further fleshes him out. You see the softer side of him and dig into some of his flaws. Sterling tries to do right by his loved ones, but continually lets them down. I'm eager to see how these relationships will affect his actions in subsequent chapters.

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Letterer Miguel Angel Zapata does some dynamite work in Wolvenheart #1, not only with the standard word balloons, but in some unique styles for some of the supernatural elements and Sterling himself. These details help to further emphasize the otherworldly nature of this organization and what it's up against.

If Buffy and James Bond had a child, it would be Sterling Cross. Wolvenheart is off to a tremendous start, seamlessly introducing us to this wide world and all the creepy dangers it poses. There's a solid mystery at work that is sure to shake Sterling to its core. We're in for a wild ride with this book.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Wolvenheart 1 Small
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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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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