Review: Wild’s End #1

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wilds endA science fiction comic set in an English hamlet with anthropomorphic animals. This had my name on it.

Set in the 1930’s,in a small English hamlet called Lower Crow Church, a fox and weasel are drunk and sharing a drink together. What they mistake as a shooting star streaks across the sky and explosively land somewhere beyond the woods. Of course they would follow it.

Meanwhile the quaint little town welcomes a new resident, an old veteran Sea-dog who just re-opened a pub called Journey’s End (hee). During a town meeting, we are also introduced to other residents of Lower CrowChurch. They are a quiet,respectable bunch of creatures. How would they handle knowing that their days might be numbered due to aliens?

Except for a small robotic spider thing, we don’t see the aliens yet. How will this invasion proceed? Are there intentions to this alien? The science fiction mythos that is being used seems to be H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds. Or whichever science fiction theme where invading aliens with flesh evaporating laser beams comes in. So it might just be destroy,destroy, destroy. What better place to start an invasion than at a hamlet that is the most ill equip to handle anything violent.

The comic is created by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard. Wild’s End is my first introduction to either creator. Abnett is so well known that my ears were assaulted with glee from my significant other when I informed him who created this comic.From what I can filter through the glee was that Abnett is one of the best Warhammer 40,000 writers. What my brain focused on is that Abnett is connected with bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy to us.

The art is great at portraying these creatures with their human qualities.  I.N.J. Culbard also illustrated the comic (BRASS SUN). This is also my first introduction to his style which reminds me strongly of Rin Tin Tin and Little Nemo. While reading the comic, it’s pretty interesting how everything is drawn and colored with calm and peaceful color way and then a laser beam annihilates someone. Nothing gory or bloody, just alarming. I am wondering why the mink is missing from the cover. Foreshadowing?

I am getting a mixture of World’s End movie and Mouse Guard. It has also been described as A Wind in the Willows meets War of the Worlds. Since I never read Wind in the Willows, it would be Frog and Toad meets War of the Worlds.

Whatever combination grabs your attention, it’s animal citizens fighting aliens. Win,win,win.

Wild’s End is available from Boom studios September 2014

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