Monday, May 19, 2008

Monster Mondays: Werewolf by Night #1 by Greg Land

Borrowing an idea from Yet Another Comics Blog Monkey day, Mondays around here will be known as Marvel Monster Mondays, featuring a classic (or perhaps goofy) take on monsterdom.  Our inaugural tribute features the February 2007 revival of Werewolf by Night.

Werewolf by Night cover by Greg Land

I know it has been fashionable to beat up Greg Land for various imaginary crimes.  But man, I'll always love Greg Land for giving us Sojourn, and even better, for giving me this chance to see Jack Russell shine once again.  Mike Carey crafted a pretty decent story about Jack going into a red-state to rescue a young female werewolf from a gang of rednecks.  The artwork inside was just as awesome as the cover.

I liked the story because they did not try to reinvent Jack Russell, or reboot the series with an OC-style version.  In this story Jack Russell has come to terms with lycanthrope and appears to embrace it.  He's one tough, smart-alecky mofo even in human form.  No more whining about the wolf, and Russell's the master of his own transformations.  It really made me wish that Carey/Land would do a Werewolf by Night mini-series, but alas, I am sure there is not much profit in that compared to some of the Ultimate universe stuff these guys are doing.

There's a Legion of Monsters collection available from Amazon, which features Satana, Morbius, Man-Thing, and more.  Each issue had some pretty cool backups; the Werewolf issue had a Frankenstein story by Skottie Young which I found to be very much in the classic style.  Skottie Young seems to get beat up a lot too!  Nuff said.

Link: Werewolf by Night, California Gothic.

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