The comic Alabaster: Wolves by Caitlín R. Kiernan has been on my to-read list for ages, and at long last, I’ve given it a read. Alabaster: Wolves is a kind of spinoff of Kiernana’s earlier stories. Her character Dancy Flammarion existed in those earlier works as a demon slayer, but now she is here in this strange world to face new troubles. I got my hands on Issue #1 of this award-winning comic book and after this small peek into Kiernana’s dark world I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on the rest of the series.
“International Horror Guild Award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan brings one of her most enduring and popular creations to comics!
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.”
Writer: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Artist: Steve Lieber
Cover Artist: Greg Ruth
Artwork: 4 out of 5
Love love love the cover art! Love! It’s ominously beautiful. The inside art was basically the same ol’ comic art we see in nearly every comic out there. It was still great though, the werewolf looked badass.
Story: 5 out of 5
The world of Alabaster: Wolves is, well, it’s a mystery. An eerie mystery. Readers are unsure whether or not the story is taking place in a version of our world or a totally alternate universe. But in this first issue, we see Dancy traveling through a world that is similar to ours, but dark and desolate. The birds talk, buses run through empty towns, and there’s an albino 17-year-old albino girl who kills monsters at the request of her angel. We also see the beginning of Dancy’s trouble with the werewolves.
I would suggest giving this comic a read. I’m intrigued by this gritty world and I want more of it.
Have any of you read the entire series? If so, what did you think?