The official books of history tell of the Great War between noble dogs and monstrous villainous hellhounds, which ended with the dogs' victory, and th...moreThe official books of history tell of the Great War between noble dogs and monstrous villainous hellhounds, which ended with the dogs' victory, and the hellhounds were locked in the Crater valley that was infested with Black Touch. Thus the evil forces of darkness were sealed forever to rot in their own monstrosity. They got what they deserved. This is according to the official books of history. But that's how it is... that official books of history are always written by the winners.
This is a unique world we encounter in 'Wurr', a world which is turned upside down. The beasts who a granted to be a force of evil in the more classical works - dark, ugly and hideous hellhounds, as they are called, thought the hellhounds are really just strongly mutated dogs, - are the heroes there. They don't hatch plans of world domination - instead, they just try to survive in the harsh surroundings of the Crater.
Emmiina Jokinen is an amazing artist. She has a great deal of attention to anatomy and biology details, and since our main heroes are the pack of mutated dogs, it's especially amazing. I've read this as a webcomic, so I don't know whether the printed edition has some additional material, but in her webcomic the author gives a lot of comments about the characters and the world. She doesn't just say, 'This hero has eyes on his tongue', but she explains how he is able to see without optic nerves and eye socket.
The characters are also written very good, and each one has an unmistakable voice and original personality. Emmiina Jokinen very good with conveying canine emotions, and you can see it in many scenes. One of my favourite scenes is one at the end of this chapter, when our heroes see 'the real color of the sky' (i.e. blue sky, and not grey or covered with clouds) for the first time.
So why 4 stars? To be honest, not much actually happens during this chapter. It's not a story that is complete on its own, but just a beginning of a much bigger tale. What we witness so far are the events that set the plot in motion. The first domino piece has fallen. What will happen next?(less)
'Curse of the Worgen' covers present days in Gilneas where the gruesome murders happen as well as events thousands years past when the worgen first ap...more'Curse of the Worgen' covers present days in Gilneas where the gruesome murders happen as well as events thousands years past when the worgen first appeared. I like both parts of the story and the way it flows from one time period to another so it seems natural and not forced. The art was amazing, especially facial expressions and movements of the characters. Besides, I could truly feel the characters: Halford Ramsey and the way he puts cold logic above all things; Belrysa and her desire to undo her mistakes; Genn Greymane as well as Malfurion Stormrage and the weight of responsibility upon their shoulders.
But what I like best is that this story is more than just good adventure and action. It's about not letting your fear rule you; about forgiving the past; about making hard decisions and holding responsibility for them. I'll qoute Halford Ramsey here, 'Isn't it ironic that I had to become a beast so I could become a human?'(less)
Interesting read, though I wish they didn't change the artist midstory. I like funny and witty comments in the first part of the book - it compensates...moreInteresting read, though I wish they didn't change the artist midstory. I like funny and witty comments in the first part of the book - it compensates for more dark and gruesome second part. Characters seem to be full of potential: our hero, Mercy Thompson, isn't strong enough to match a werewolf in fight, so she uses her speed and quick thinking. Seeing her interact with Tad and orphan boy made me sorry she didn't get job as a teacher. She would've been a great one! Others who enamoured me are Zee, grumpy and bad-tempered fae with soft spot for his son, and Stefan, creepy-looking but good-natured vampire.
After reading 'Moon Called', I liked how this prequel connects with other books in the series. There are some inconsistencies, but they are almost inevitable in prequels. I enjoyed seeing links with 'Moon Called', like Adam's remark about Medea, Mercy's cat, liking everyone, even werewolves, and his threat to eat the cat, or appearence of Mercy's necklace.(less)
Lovely collection of stories, and the art in most of them is great. Nice retelling of 'Oleg the Wise' story, especially good to see the author using R...moreLovely collection of stories, and the art in most of them is great. Nice retelling of 'Oleg the Wise' story, especially good to see the author using Russian word 'staretz'. Worley' story is also very good - pleased to see that the hero is not a guardmice or warrior, but a simple banker. Other stories that impressed me are 'The Battle of the Hawk's Mouse & The Fox's Mouse' and 'Crown of Silver, Crown of Gold', due to the strong female characters. However, I wish stories like 'Potential' or 'A Bargain in the Dark' or 'Bowen's story' lasted longer.(less)
4.5 stars. This comic gave voices to secondary antagonists of 'Gargoyles' series. In fact, all of the heroes, exept for Dingo and Fang, were one-shot...more4.5 stars. This comic gave voices to secondary antagonists of 'Gargoyles' series. In fact, all of the heroes, exept for Dingo and Fang, were one-shot characters. Now I've got to like Yama's strong sense of honor, Matrix's undeniable machine logic and Hunter's relationships with her brothers (though she is still much of enigma to me). Dingo don't need special mention - he is plain cool. Even Fang, the most low-moraled of them all, has certain charm. That bad guy managed to surprise me twice! The plot is good, though it gives more questions than answers - you can see Greg Weisman had big plans for it. I also wish the comic was in colour like 'Clan Building'.(less)
First of all, this comic has amazing artwork, and sometimes I caught myself just sitting and staring at pictures. I like how Greg Weisman brings old c...moreFirst of all, this comic has amazing artwork, and sometimes I caught myself just sitting and staring at pictures. I like how Greg Weisman brings old characters from the series back and introduces new ones. Constant time jumping in the story about Stone of Destiny is a bit confusing, but the story itself is very interesting, and the ending really surprised me. Since Brooklyn is my favourite, it was especially good to read about his Timedancing adventure, which links the past with the present, covers missing spots of 'Gargoyles' story and ends with one of the most epic battles in its history.(less)