Curse #1 (Boom!)

Curse1

Rating: 4/5 – A new twist on a werewolf story with an effective use of dual artists.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel start this comic off with one of my least favorite literary devices, the flash forward, but skillfully recover with an engaging story that is extremely strong on character as we meet Laney Griffin, single father who is trying to make ends meet and somehow afford the medical bills for his sick son Jaren.

The bulk of the comic is illustrated by Colin Lorimer (who some may remember from the excellent 2012 Image series, Harvest).  Lorimer illustrates all of the story sequences happening “in the now” while Riley Rossmo lends his distinctive art style to flashbacks of the events as they happened that are being investigated at a crime scene in the current timeline of the story.  The cuts to Rossmo’s unique art style that is so suited for primal nature of the scenes he is used on makes the choice to team up Rossmo with Lorimer an inspired one.

Rossmo’s cover with Laney in the foreground amongst a blood spatter pattern making up a monstrous face is inspired.  The werewolf (werewolves?) in the story follow a fairly classic pattern so far, but the motivation of the characters breaks from the standard mold.  This first issue effectively mixes setup and action and concluded with a scene that definitely had me wanting more.  I’ll definitely be back for the rest of this 4 issue series.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
(bob@comicspectrum.com
)
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