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Review – Werewolf by Night #1 (Marvel Comics)

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  • Art - 7/10
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  • Overall - 6.8/10
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Werewolf by Night #1

Writers: Taboo & B. Earl
Artist: Scot Eaton
Colorist: Miroslav Mrva
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 21, 2020

A brand new Werewolf by Night is stalking the Marvel universe, but who is this young wolf and what will he do with his power?

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“Bark at the Moon” Werewolf by Night #1

It is Halloween time and there is a new werewolf book at Marvel, so you know I am checking out Werewolf by Night #1.  It seems the Marvel Universe has a brand new Wolf-Man stalking its streets. Well, in this case, stalking the deserts of Arizona. Jake, right now, is a Native American teenager who uses his powers to protect his native land and his family. But things are not that simple, especially when you are a Werewolf in the Marvel Universe. Can Jake control the beast within to be the hero his family and people need him to be, or will the monster consume him, in Werewolf by Night #1?

Writing

Werewolf by Night #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Jeffrey Veregge
Werewolf by Night #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Jeffrey Veregge

If you know me, you know I was excited to pick up Werewolf by Night #1. I am a big Werewolf by Night/werewolf fan in general. You can check out a throwback review I did for Werewolf by Night #3 not too long ago. I was interested to see what Marvel had in store for its new beastly creature, and the Native American aspect added a whole lot more to the story than the general horror element of the series.

Taboo (from the Black Eyed Peas) and B. Earl teamed up to deliver Werewolf by Night #1. We are introduced to Jake and his friend Molly. They both, right now, use his powers to protect their native land and basically just to scare off folks. We get a look into Jake’s family life and dynamics. It is a nice little setup for this world and stories that can be pulled from it.

The story itself is a good setup for characters and such, but we do not get much out of Werewolf by Night #1. We do not learn that much about Jake, and nothing right now compels you to follow him or get to know him better. Werewolf by Night #1 feels like it hits the marks a #1 issue needs to hit, but goes no further to get you involved in the story or characters.

It felt a bit overwritten at times, as well. Maybe it is trying to do a bit too much at once. It doesn’t really give you one single thing to grasp on from characters to the story, which it desperately needs. The reader needs something to keep them engaged with this book.

Art

Scot Eaton handles art duties with Miroslav Mrva on colors on Werewolf by Night #1. In general, the art is pretty solid all around. Some good character depictions and some nice layouts and setups. But also nothing that is really going to blow your hair back, either.

So, again, I am a big werewolf fan in general. I don’t know exactly what that means, either. But I enjoy me a good wolf-man story. So that also comes with me being very picky about my werewolf designs. As you can tell by the cover, they went with a bipedal wolf-man, which I am very happy about. They do make him more “wolf-like” in features, which, normally, I like. But I am also kind of missing the more human features that the original Werewolf by Night had.

Something with this design just doesn’t quite work for me. I like it, but something just feels a little off. Maybe a bit too big. I wish they would have toned down the size some. I know that is very nit-picky, but it is what it is.

The more character-driven dramatic moments of Werewolf by Night #1 also feel off a bit, visually. I think maybe they needed a little more emotion. The action sequences are very well done, though. Some great pacing and lovely impact and energy felt throughout the pages.

The coloring work also fits well with the series. Great moonlit desert landscape shown throughout the book. Nice shadow work and details throughout.

Conclusion

All in all I was a little bit disappointed with Werewolf by Night #1. It is not a terrible book, but it did not live up to my expectations, either. I think the story needs some work and needs to give the reader something to grasp onto. It just did not capture my attention through the issue. The art fares a bit better, but still not as dynamic and eye-catching as I was hoping for. It was, all combined, just a lackluster affair. It had some interesting points and ideas, but it all didn’t come together to form something interesting in the end of this first issue.


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