Artist: Nat Jones
Letterer: Richard Emms
Editor: Mike Grell
Review: Wulf #1
Publisher: Atlas Comics, $2.99
Release Date: March 2nd, 2011
For those unfamilar with the history of Atlas Comics, kindly refer to my The Grim Ghost #1 review for a brief primer. It's not neccessary, but feel free to indulge me and my love of comics' history.
It's a frequent theme in fiction: the savage or barbarian thrown into civilized society. How will he react? Will he adapt? Will he go mad trying to understand the ways of these odd people? Various writers have come up with various answers to that, but few have added the extra twist of Wulf: what happens when a barbarian warrior is thrown into the midst of a modern city while pursuing a murderous wizard?
Wulf's world is ending. Oh, probably not the world itself, he muses, but certainly all life on it. He is not the only one who sees the coming disaster, but unlike them, the wizard Sanjon has the power and will to do something about it. Unfortunately for Sanjon, his methods leave something to be desired, as far as the warrior Wulf is concerned, and the chase leads both mage and warrior into something neither could have anticipated.
Written by Steve Niles, the book is nearly silent through much of its pages. Normally, I am not a tremendous fan of this in comics, as it requires a very good writer to pull such a thing off while hitting the target they are aiming for. Fortunately for Wulf, Steve Niles is a very good writer. The effect adds to the eeriness of some of the early scenes. We get a real sense of the devastation that has been visited upon Wulf's world, as well as a striking sense of the sheer power, and insanity, Sanjon possesses.
The art, by Nat Jones, is easily my favorite of the first series of the new Atlas Comics. It is lively, but dark and seemingly stained with the blood that Sanjon uses to cast his spells. I am unfamilar with any other work Nat may have done, but I have to say if this keeps up I will count myself as a fan.
As a fan of the original Wulf series, I am satisfied with this initial installment of the new series and beyond that, I do believe I will be reading more.