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Alabaster: Wolves #1 Comic Book Review

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Written by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Art by Steve Lieber

Published by Dark Horse Comics


Five Issue Run

“For nearly as long as she can remember, Dancy Flammarion has fought monsters, cutting a bloody swath through the demons and dark things of the world, aimed like a weapon by forces beyond her control or questioning.” Sound a little like a certain Sunnydale resident? It should, it’s got a dose of Buffy in the mix; there’s just no Scoobies. That’s a good thing for Alabaster. Throw in some smart ass talking birds and you have a surprisingly cool debut issue.

Dark and brooding with a tendency to lean towards the ridiculous – Alabaster is an attention getter. Dancy is a major ass kicker, major enough to have all of monsterdom concerned about her trajectory. When she comes face to face with a werewolf, we see just how bad ass she really is. Not bad for a 16-year-old girl.

Good horror comics are few and far between. DC is enjoying success with the dark I, Vampire, Locke & Keyis the best horror comic in decades, and we’re all excited that the market can support a myriad of horror-heavy comics. Dancy and her own personal angel are a breath of fresh air to an already successful genre.

Alabaster is quirky and weird. The terrible (intentionally terrible) grammar takes a little time to adjust to, but the writing is solid to the core. Combining Kiernan’s tale with art is Steve Lieber, who has a clear understanding of what horror is all about. You’ll agree after you see the werewolf transformation.

Issue #2 is right here on the coffee table next to me. I hope my next review is enthusiastic as well.

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