Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Werewolf Story...


First new review post-Halloween! This time it's for A Werewolf Story. Fred Monasterio brings us this tale of a young fellow named Jack, who it looks like is going to be having some difficulties in the werewolf arena later on when the comic gets into full swing. He's accompanied in the story by his girlfriend Claire and good beer-named friend Guinness. The site doesn't tell when the comic updates, but I deduced that it's on a once a week schedule. Read on!

First off the art is dynamic, crispy clean, and one of the better styles I've been witness to in my webcomic reading and reviewing days. I'm reminded of my anime watching days, particularly of the Street Fighter movie I watched a few years back, with all of the big muscles, big feet, and sharp and flowing hair. Quite cool as I was always fond of that style. Very detailed and pleasing to the eye, as is the coloring. The pages are vibrant and nicely colored, but after a while started to make my eyes ache a little with the polished metal sheen to them. It's a minor quibble though, as it is still miles above many other comics out there. You can tell Fred puts a lot of time and effort into producing quality work on every page.

Some writers attempt, pretty weakly, to have realistic dialogue between characters but just come off sounding stilted and wooden. Not so here. While it still has that comic book taste to it, I really liked the interchange between Jack, Claire and Guinness. It was believable and written without being contrived. I've seen mainstream comics that didn't achieve this so well. The comic is taking a bit of time to get to the story, but it didn't drag and kept me interested long enough to get to the meat, which is where it's just started to go. I would like to know a little more about Jack though. Forty pages and all I really know is that he works with computers and has a girlfriend. But I'm sure with a little more time things will pan out.

A Werewolf Story is cementing itself as a top tier comic early on in my opinion. Great writing and dynamic artwork and coloring that look like an Image comic book give Fred something to be proud of. Anyone should be able to check it out and find something to enjoy, and with it not having any swearing or, so far, any over the top violence, can be a real all ages crowd pleaser. Read it!

I give A Werewolf Story...
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(For excellent art, nice coloring, and solid writing)

7 comments:

Datterboy said...

I know Fred and the funny thing is his comic book is much more conservative than he is. I'm waiting for the gore and I think there will be plenty of controlled violence with a point. Fred does have good sense, good balance, and yes, his coloring style is very shiny... I expect his book will polish itself as it continues to evolve and I can confirm that it does target a weekly update.

Fred said...

Thanks for the positive review Jack. I'm glad you enjoyed the webcomic. I try to update on a weekly schedule (Mondays), but if work/other real life stuff piles up, I postpone the page until the next week.

Dat is right about the violence and gore by the way. Things will ramp up a few levels later on. I just want to use it sparingly, so that its impact doesn't become trivial to the story.

Thanks again!
Fred

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