Curse issue 4
The final issue in the Curse mini-series wraps up a strangely exciting, and oddly low-key, werewolf tale.
The story of a tiny little town wrapped in the fearful confines of inexplicable murder comes to a boiling point, as our protagonist, Laney, makes some dicey decisions for the sake of his son.
Honestly, I think this is a story that was underplayed. The narrative built up by writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel is a really well developed one. There are layers woven between characters, and an antagonist who is quite villainous, but in no certain way actually evil. The main anchor holding this tale back is the shortage of runway. It feels as if character interactions were tragically truncated to fit into a set amount of page space. This story was, essentially, too brief. I could only imagine the story would be enriched, and the sense of fear and tragedy deepened, if this book were given another two to four issues of literary space.
There is so much hinted at, lying beneath the surface between characters, and the background tragedy that fuels the main character, Laney, feels so abbreviated, that it is hard to wholly connect to it.
Artistically, Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer, really do invoke a sense of desolation. The scenes are all so plain and bleak, the characters all so haggard and distraught, and the scenes with werewolf always to intense. Visually, the one complaint is a shortage of werewolf, but that seems to be dictated once again, by the book’s length. The backgrounds often seem dense with meaningful backdrop, and very few, if any scenes feel wasted, or anything like page filler. It is a book that does attempt to do a great deal.
In summation, this is a good werewolf tale, and it’s a genre that is rarely explored, let alone well. If nothing else, the creative team deserves note for its efforts. It is a bit brief, but all in all, the conclusion feels well done, if not rushed. Visually pleasant, narratively well devised, this was a great mini-series.
4 out of 5.