Saturday, 28 February 2015

In Review- Wolf County 03

Wolf country 03 by Jim Alexander & Will Pickering (letters by Jim Campbell)

From the publisher blurb:

Vampires v Werewolves in a wild west setting - and a lot more' continues, having been shortlisted for Best British Comic (b/w) at the Eagles/True Believers award; longlisted at the British Comic Awards and voted as a Top 10 book in last year's London Super Comic Con.

Review of issues 01 & 02: here!

Has it really been a year since the last issue? Jim and his talented team have certainly been busy in that time and it’s nice for me to see the third issue of Wolf County.

Issue 03 pick up pretty much where 02 left us last time, so if you haven’t read that issue you may want to contact to get hold of copies.

Spoiler free review:

Okay, stuff you may need to know about the set-up. A world that appears to be run by Vampires with a big ol’ dose of religion has a region known as ‘Wolf Country’ inhabited by... Werewolves. The majority of the vampire world is reflective of modern society but Wolf Country exists in a setting more like that of the Wild west. The vampires have a settlement called... Settlement that is within Wolf Country. The leader of ‘Settlement’ has been called into the big city to have his faith in the universe questioned. Meanwhile a group of military types stationed in Settlement are on patrol in Wolf Country when... and that’s about as much as I can say here.

The series is beginning to pick up some pace now as the setting is becoming more understood and the tale Jim wants to tell is beginning to unfold. Wills artwork is fantastically well suited to this- his understated storytelling really helps with the grounding of the strip- it has a real feeling of place to it that I find adds to the overall whole.

My only wish would be for a catch up box on the inside cover. New readers could well be confused, which is a shame as this is possibly my favourite of the titles from Planet Jimbot- and I am very much looking forward to the next issue- just don’t leave it a year!

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