Luis M. Cruz introduces us to his take on the werewolf theme in his inaugural issue of his self-published work, Jennifer the She-Wolf. There’s a lot to be said for this story; there’s enough of a spin to distance itself from the tropes of the genre, and a really cool artistic take on the material, as well.
Coming across a grisly scene in the dead of night on a lonely road, Jennifer meets the fate we expect for her, when she tries to save everything that’s important to her. Flash forwarding many years (many beyond the life span of a mortal, of course), we now meet her seemingly in full control of her powers and taking on some weird stuff in a very professional way. Saving a mortal seems to have her on a collision course with the intrigue and mystery carefully laid out in this issue.
I think my favorite part of this book is that for the two well-separated time periods, there are two separate artists handling the visuals. The form is similar between Henry Simon and Miky Ruiz, but the tone and depth of each artist lends a thoroughly enjoyable distance in time that seems natural in its change, much like seeing a black-and-white flashback in a modern film.
There’s a lot to dig into in this first issue, and it seems there will continue to be for the series. If you dig the fantastical world of the Lycans, this title is for you.
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