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Review – Wulfborne #2 and #3 (Scout Comics)

Wulfborne #3 (Scout Comics) cover (detail) by Brian Middleton Jr
Wulfborne #2 & #3
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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Art - 8/10
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Summary

Writer: Brian Middleton, Jr.
Artist: Brian Middleton, Jr.
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Scout Comics
Release Date: Wulfborne #2 now available, Wulfborne #3 April 24, 2019

Wulfborne continues to travel the underworld searching for a voice that calls to him, that promises to cure his troubles.

“Where Monsters Dwell” Wulfborne #2 & #3

We looked at Wulfborne #1 a few weeks ago and now we complete the journey of the lone swordsman “Wulfborne” in Wulfborne issues #2 and #3. Our mysterious Swordsman has been traveling the underworld in search of a mysterious angelic voice. A voice that promises to heal his heart. He promised his lost love, Luna, “In bitterness, I will not forsake love”. But when a loved one is lost and a heart is broken promises are hard to keep. Wulfborne has battled through numerous ghastly creatures and monstrous beasts to find the voice that promises to cure his heart. But his cat friend continuously warns Wulfborne of the deceit of the voice. Plus, nothing promises he will make it to the voice alive!  

Writing

Wulfborne #2 (Scout Comics) cover by Brian Middleton Jr
Wulfborne #2 (Scout Comics) cover by Brian Middleton, Jr

So, issue #3 concludes Brian Middleton, Jr.‘s saga of Wulfborne. Our mysterious swordsman has traveled through the depths of the underworld to heal his heart. But what awaits him is not what is promised and the lesson he learns is not what you think. Like always, I will be spoiler-free so you can enjoy these two issues, but, man, I really enjoyed this comic book.

There are a few things I can nitpick about the writing. Like, some times the dialogue feels a little off. The dialogue changes from seeming almost Old English-type speaking to a more modern way between scenes. The story is almost too vague at times. It is sometimes a little hard to grasp exactly what or why things are happening.

This will completely contradict what I just said, but I also like the dialogue. At times it is funny with Wulfborne exclaiming several times “SWORD” in battle and at other times that Old English-type speaking sets a mood and tone that is very emotional. The dialogue between Wulfborne and his lost love, Luna, exudes this passionate, melodramatic feel that flows throughout the series.

I also enjoy the vagueness of the story as well. It is a little frustrating at times that not everything is given to you, but it also kept me thinking about the story. And it’s not like we are left in the dark about plot points, or are lost during the story. Things are hinted at or lines are given that we are not 100% sure what they are. Like, really what land we are in, or really the whole story between Luna and Wulfborne. It is something that has kept me thinking after finishing the series and I like that a lot.  

Art

Much like the first issue, Wulfborne #2 and #3 are filled with great action pieces and some fantastic creatures Wulfborne battles. Again, like the story, I have little nitpicks about the art, and things that I maybe don’t initially like but end up making the story better. Middleton’s style seems to switch. At times it has this Mike Mignola “simplistic” feel to the characters. Tight lines and the art stripped down to its essentials. Then he has some close-ups that are very detailed and give a superhero comic type vibe. Then, at times, some characters are more cartoonish and animated, much like the cat or when a new character shows up in issue #2. At the beginning, it threw me off, but the more I look at it the more I like it.

The black and white does wonders for the mood and tone of the series. It nails that dramatic feel of the story—and, again, I am going to compare it to one of my favorite comics, The Crow—but that black and white just has an essence it brings to some books and it works extremely well for Wulfborne.

I really dig Brian Middleton’s character designs as well. He did a tremendous Creature from the Black Lagoon-looking monster and this just delightful-looking deer skull-headed monster in the first issue, and in these last two issues, he brings more of that to the table. I also dig the action set pieces and how he displays it along with blacked-out panels with dialogue from Luna.

Conclusion

Wulfborne is one of those weird stories/comic books for me. I could pick out some stuff I don’t like or maybe that seems weird or out-of-place. But I also really enjoyed it. It is one of those stories that, even after reading it, I am still thinking about. I can’t really explain it, but I found everything about the story very touching and just emotionally very raw. It has a charm to it that is very unique and something for me that I don’t encounter very often. Wulfborne is a story I feel I can go back and read a few times and find some different things about it, which is very impressive for a three-issue series.

You can get issues #1 and #2 right now and Wulfborne #3 will be out next week, April 24, 2019.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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