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Graphic Novel Review: Wolf, Vol. 1: Blood and Magic (Wolf #1) by Ales Kot, Lee Loughridge (Colourist), Matt Taylor (Illustrator)

Image Comics
Published Nov. 11, 2015
144 Pages

Los Angeles, California: Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse. The road to hell & back begins.

Enter the World where myths & reality meet. . .- Goodreads

Lately I have been coming across and issue with graphic novels written by white writers that have African American leads. I love the diversity but the issue is the first comic books lack a decent story. It is as if the author doesn’t know how to tell the story and therefore write a weak one, either testing to see if the public will like it or just not exactly sure how to tell the story.

Wolf is an interesting story; where myth meets reality. I love the concept and for the most part this particular volume isn’t a bad start to what can be an amazing story.

Wolf, himself, is a bit dull. There really isn’t much to him but at the same time, I am curious to know him because you know nothing about him other than his “ability.” There isn’t enough information or personality for me to like him but there is enough to make me curious and because of that I will read the second volume.

The story, overall, feels incomplete. Yes, I am aware that this is a series but even in the first volume you should feel some kind of satisfaction, something that makes you feel this isn’t a story that is being made up as you go along (no offense). It didn’t feel like a complete thought and the author was trying too hard to make it relevant, “hip” for teens or whoever.

Artwork was good; exactly what should be expected in a graphic novel. Overall, I do plan on reading volume two but hopefully it is better than volume 1.


2 Pickles

Book Review: Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler


KJ lives in a small town outside Yellowstone National Park. She is the only daughter to a wildlife/fishing guide and there doesn’t seem much to her other than that. However, she meets Virgil and all of a sudden she is interested in boys and wolves.

The small town she lives in has an issue with the wolves in the area, although they were placed back in the wild to balance out nature. KJ joins her school’s newspaper and with Virgil creates a column about wolves; the good and the bad.

Let’s just say I was disappointed in the book. The title is what instantly caught me; for some reason I love long titles. Secondly, I love the idea the author, Kristen Chandler, was trying to portray. You don’t have to become a wolf to like them or become obsessed. I liked the fact that she didn’t have supernatural beings in this book. However, with that being said there was no wow factor.

KJ herself was nothing special. She had a father, who always seems to be disappointed in her; she was always turning read about the littlest things and she seemed to not have much of a backbone; even when the climax of the story hit, there wasn’t much there.

I understand the books point to be realistic and relatable (the book really had nothing to do with wolves but KJ growing up) but I think that it was misleading. There is a scene in which KJ is stared down by a wolf and she goes on to say that feels different and all of a sudden she starts doing well in math class and becomes editor of the newspaper. This scene is not important at all because nothing is followed up on and it makes the reader believes okay maybe she will stop whining over nothing.

Doesn’t happen.

Although the book wasn’t supernatural I was expecting spark, action and something thrilling but it wasn’t. KJ falls for a boy who happens to take pictures of wolves; she becomes interested and its her against the wolf hating town.  There is no real growth, not even in her father.

This book gets 4 out of 10.