Review By Alex Moser
We are proud to present a review the first issue for Ghost Wolf, a mini-series published by a Spanish small press. Despite the simple exterior, the comic is actually a nicely crafted story in the homage of classic Conan/Frazetta stories and images.
The “Ghost Wolf” is a story of the legendary barbarian who was like a brother to wolves. They would share kills and hunt together. When the wolf was killed, the barbarian wore its pelt, carrying the mantle from generation to generation.
Flash forward generations later and we see a group of villagers who are terrorized by a stronger tribe of warriors. But the “ghost wolf” comes to save the day, proving he is the strongest warrior of them all.
It’s interesting to note that the comic is translated from Spanish to English. I am unsure if El Torres, the writer, translated his own work, but I did enjoy his story. It seemed to bleed out of a collective mythology that presents itself in a unique way. Torres writes both the prologue as well as the main story. For the allotted space, the story builds well, identifying the main characters and the universe in which they live in. Based on what I see, the world seems to be a mix of Scandinavia with a touch of an African look to the characters. I liked the repetition that came with the narration, sweeping the reader along, placing key themes in the story. However, I do think some of the dialogue is a little bit overwritten, but seeing as English is his second language, I can forgive the writing.
Though the cover lists Siku as the primary artist on the book, he is not the only one billed. The prologue art is drawn by Luis Czerniawski with Sandra Molina. Their two styles could not be more different. While Luis draws a dark and gritty style with a lot of detail, Siku has a lighter and feathered look to his art. I enjoyed looking at many of Siku’s pages, especially some of the larger splash pages. Siku seems to be channeling a little bit of Mike Mignola, Walt Simonson, and Charles Vess, all of which are very successful artists.
Ghost Wolf is a decent comic. I certainly enjoyed this barbarian comic much more than Dark Horse’s Conan series with Brian Wood. It’s worth picking up and giving a look. Who knows? These guys could be the next best thing.
-Art is surprisingly good to look at
-Fun for fans of Conan the Barbarian
-Narration could be more poetic
-Sketchiness of prologue is a little too rough