Review: ‘Alabaster: Wolves’ #3

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Caitlin R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber successfully continue an already thoroughly gripping tale in Issue #3 of Alabaster: Wolves. Darcy reflects on her past, and dreams of death and suffering. But will her memories be too much for her? Or will she finally be able to step further toward righteousness?

WRITTEN BY: Caitlin R. Kiernan
ART BY: Steve Lieber
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: Out now

The story is flowing smoothly, with one issue seamlessly weaving into the next. This issue of “Wolves” opens with a chilling dream sequence. When Dancy Flammarion awakens, she realizes that she’s laying by a campfire with none other than her ghostly, lycanthropic friend. Throughout the rest of the issue, Dancy recalls another tale from the ashes of the burning hellfire that was her past. At the end of her reminiscence, she comes to a fantastic revelation that leaves things fairly open ended for the future.

Although this issue is a bit slow paced, it contains just the right amount of action to smooth it out. The flashback scenes contain plenty of excitement and, as usual, some awesome creatures to reel the reader in. Steve Lieber successfully brings Kiernan’s creative story to life. But as wonderfully detailed as the characters are, some of his best linework is definitely demonstrated on the creatures. Rachelle Rosenberg has a knack for capturing the mood with color, especially in the scenery. She sets the tone for every scene very well, sometimes using startling colors that may not work in other comics. I also have to give major props to Greg Ruth for the beautiful cover art; this issue’s was my favorite cover so far.

As supernaturally driven as this series is, the story remains very real. The script is raw and powerful, the characters are dynamic, with brilliant artwork to tie it all together. Kiernan’s new tale is sure to become a classic story of good vs. evil, with everything in between.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Kaity McAllister