A horror story never gets better for anyone involved. Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel are very aware of that fact this month as they push all of their characters to the brink. The small town politics erupt into chaos and the mythology of the werewolf is uniquely developed in another chilling chapter of “Curse.”
Finishing this issue actually had me utter the words “God fucking damn it.” I couldn’t believe how screwed things were for Laney, and how this guy believes he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Except he’s not. He’s a noble man with a seemingly noble cause, but he’s caught in his past. Moreci and Daniel remind us of this constantly. Yet, this month it becomes abundantly clear Laney isn’t acting with the best intentions. His motivations are selfish and blind. Within an issue of revelations the script makes an effort to put its own spin on werewolf mythology and succeeds admirably. I love the new approach and find it brings a new flavor something already so delicious.
The artwork is still dark, brooding, and gorgeous. In fact the hollow settings of the narrative actually pop off the page thanks to Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo. Again, Lorimer takes the duties for the bulk of the book, and manages to use hard angles to create a great sense of dread. His work in the latter half of the issue shows Laney in complete control and evokes a certain sense of domination. While Rossmo’s work in the past is completely different and stellar. He adds a layer of vulnerable reality to the character that I haven’t seen in a werewolf story. It makes the character of Anton a tragic and compelling asshole reminiscent of Cassidy.
“Curse” is one of the greatest looks at werewolf mythology there has even been. It doesn’t focus on the beast but instead opts to concern itself with the human side of the problem. The loss of being a werewolf coupled with the losses brought on by a werewolf and everyone in between. Within this balance it strikes a distinctly different chord with familiar stories and characters. It humanizes the beast and monsterizes the human.
You still root for Laney, but its becoming increasingly clear he’s not the best man that he could be. His mindless pursuit of the beast makes him unable to move on and care about the things close to him. He isolates himself in the cold in the name of some higher calling but he doesn’t manage to save himself or anyone else. It’s not even clear what his endgame is, it’s just blind pursuit at this point, driven by something he should have walked away from years ago. Yet, amongst all this he still remains compelling and sympathetic, because who among us would do anything different?
Rating: 4.5/5 Skulls.