"WereWolf Run #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Written and Illustrated by Daniel Leister
Colored by Eagle Child
2016, 24 Pages
Mike and Alex are on a bit of a road trip, driving through the middle of nowhere. Mike's grandmother just passed away and he's going home to settle her estate. Alex is keeping him company. After getting directions from a weird gas station attendant, the pair get into a serious accident and come face-to-face with a werewolf. Hindsight being 20/20, maybe Mike and Alex should have taken a bus or maybe a plane.
WereWolf Run hits with a classic horror movie tone of dread from the opening page. Writer / artist Daniel Leister shows a vast landscape in a double-page spread. The car is a small dot on one side, noticeable only due to its headlights illuminating the road in front of it. This instantly shows just how alone they are. Aside from a small gas station, there are no other signs of civilization.
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Things only get creepier from there. It's like this trip is taking Mike and Alex through horror movie tropes big and small. Each is used effectively to increase the tension. What's amazing is that all this is built up before the werewolf even shows up. The monster doesn't appear until the very end of the issue. I don't consider that a spoiler given the title of the book. I will not, however, reveal the method of the beast's discovery.
Leister is a solid artist with some great character work, especially when it comes to facial expression. Where he really excels is in blood and gore. The amount of viscera that spews forth from a single creature is just incredible. It's like someone put a stick of dynamite in a garbage bag full of meat.
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This pales in comparison to the carnage left in the werewolf's wake. This is another double-page spread that is absolutely jaw-dropping. You see the aftermath of its wrath and you have to wonder how it accomplished all this death and destruction. There's a body that's wedged into the ceiling. How did that even get up there? The colors really pop in this page too, mainly the blood. That's the key to a great horror book; getting the blood right.
WereWolf Run is a slow burn at first, taking its time to develop the main characters as they go through a number of unsettling and dread-filled obstacles. Daniel Leister builds the tension over time until he dives headfirst into terror, like ripping off a Band-Aid. You'll see just how scary a werewolf can be in a single, brutal image that will be appreciated by any horror fan.
WereWolf Run is currently being funded on Kickstarter. You can back the project to get the complete mini-series in print and/or digital format.