Normally I’m not inclined to pay much attention to fantasy novels with the word “wolf” in the title. If there are werewolves in the story (and there aren’t always), they tend to be framed in the context of mystical spirit warriors, in touch with nature but aloof from humankind. (more…)
Then you need to read the first issue of Image’s new comic Skullkickers when it comes out in September. Writer Jim Zubkavich and artist Edwin Huang have teamed up to create a fantasy-comedy comic series that sounds like it’s inspired by a lot of excellent sources. From the official site’s “About” page:
Two mercenaries are entangled in a high-class assassination plot and nothing — not werewolves, skeletons or black magic — will stop them from getting paid. If you love tabletop fantasy RPGs, buddy stories involving a big guy and a dwarf, or movies like ARMY OF DARKNESS, SKULLKICKERS is the book for you!
The premise sounds fun in a hack & slash “where’s the Mountain Dew?” sort of way, but the preview pages (see below) got my undivided attention. Look at that werewolf’s gut! What’s he got in there, Grandma?
Check out skullkickers.com for more details, including a handy form you can take to your local comic shop to reserve a copy. If you want more, here’s a nice little Newsarama interview with Jim Zubkavich. SPLORK!