She-Wolf #1 (Image Comics)
Image has calmed down with the #1 issues lately, but now they’re going to be gearing up with some new titles pretty soon. Of all of these new titles, Rich Tommaso’s She-Wolf was the one the piqued my interest, and not just because I’m a fan of werewolves. Tommaso’s series seemed like it would be a really interesting spin on the horror of turning into a werewolf. Unfortunately though, nothing about this book was appealing to me.
Tommaso’s She-Wolf is very disjointed and unclear, which might be the point of the story. We’re never quite sure if our lead character was truly bitten by a werewolf, or if she’s just lost her mind. However, there were moments in the story where I was generally confused as to how we got from Point A to Point B. Even if Tommaso wanted to have us question our lead character, the fact that this book was so difficult to follow does his story no favors.
Tommaso’s art doesn’t really help the book either. His style is very loose, much more than I like, and his werewolf design jumps from a large dog at one point to a human with lots of fur and slight dog features. Again, some of this art is probably helping build up the weird sense of unease in this book, but honestly, there’s a part of me that kind of wishes Tommaso hired a different artist instead of doing the art himself. There’s nothing here that really enhances the story, and in fact it actually detracts from the book.
I’m pretty bummed with the end result of She-Wolf, as I was really intrigued by the concept, but it’s okay that I didn’t enjoy it. I’m sure there’s a market for this kind of book, and even though it didn’t appeal to me, it must appeal to someone to be approved by Image. But if you were going to ask me if I was picking up issue 2, I’d have to tell you that I would give it a hard pass.