For the last year or so, the realm of horror monsters has wandered into weaker territory. Some of the concepts of the modern monster have grown a bit weary. With the same ideas being recycled repeatedly, the monster subgenre had seemed to reach a plateau. Now, however, brand-new concepts are wriggling out of the woodwork every month. One of these new creations is a fresh take on werewolves written by Mark L. Miller and Martin Fisher, entitled Luna: Order of the Werewolf. Read on for the skinny…
In Luna, a werewolf named Andres has an epiphany that his species is dying, due to being hunted down and prosecuted by man in years past. He decides to gather some of his fellow werewolves, and form an entire order of werewolves that live in a monastery in South America. In the monastery, the werewolves try to control their desire for human flesh and ultimately find salvation amongst their own kind. In the first installment, the organization is compromised when a group of mountain climbers wander into the vicinity of the monastery, evoking potential chaos.
Miller and Fisher have created an inventive, original story out of werewolf concepts that have been utilized in the past. All of the werewolves are distinct, fitting with their individual personalities and the type of werewolf that they actually are (and according to Mark, the different types will be explained further in future issues). Tim Rees’ artwork complements the premise of the story with prominent shading and the utilization of thicker lines. The shadows contrast strongly with the bright color palette, working with the contrast between “light” and “dark” forces in the storyline itself.
The first issue of Luna: Order of the Werewolf has established an excellent foundation for future installments; personally, I’m excited to see storylines emerge between the different types of werewolves, but there are countless directions that this series could take, which is what makes it such a fresh, versatile piece. Make sure to watch out for the second issue, published through Famous Monsters Magazine, which hits shelves in December!