Alabaster: Wolves #3
Written by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Art and Letters by Steve Lieber
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover by Greg Ruth
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 20, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50
Set in the deep South, this is the tale of Dancy Flammarius and her quest to destroy the evil that haunts this world. Alabaster: Wolves #3 is a story within a story, another stepping stone on the path to redemption. Unfortunately for her, Dancy had a parting of ways with the angel who originally stood at her side.
Imagine a time, in the not too distant future, where society has collapsed, magic and monsters are real, and no one is to be trusted. Simply wandering through a town can be deadly if you cannot defend yourself. So what teenage girl in her right mind would take on the task of traveling about in these conditions? Perhaps that is the real dilemma. Dancy is armed with not just her wits and skills, but also travels with a talking raven for a guide and a companion in the form of a ghost (of the werewolf she killed).
I cannot tell too much of this issue’s story for fear of spoiling the tale. But know this: the passion with which this issue is written is most definitely on par with the last two. It is a spectacular miniature story all by itself, though it does act as a bridge between issues.
I have to say that I enjoy the writing style of Caitlin R. Kiernan, the way she describes the actions of her protagonist is almost like she breathes true life into the character. Add in the magnificent art of Steve Lieber and you get a great comic out of the deal! Hell, even the cover by Greg Ruth gives the reader a bit of foreshadowing. As always, I am extremely happy with Dark Horse this month, they have a pretty good track record as far as I’m concerned.
If you haven’t gotten the point yet, then here it is again: Go buy this series. It is most definitely worth skipping a trip to the snack bar for some nachos. The art and writing are superb and meld well together for this mini-series. I wrote this review while listening to The Fluid: Purplemetalflakemusic. For some reason it seemed to go pretty well with it…