Horror in comics has a rich history. Macabre illustrations and dark stories have always been a great combination. While superhero comics often meander decades beyond their prime, their horror cousins know how to keep things concise but satisfying. The anthologies of the 1950s remain classics for a reason. However, I feel that miniseries tend to be the ideal length for horror. And in three issues, Night of 1,000 Wolves does it par excellence.
Set in the Dark Ages, a brutal tragedy befalls Harrick Benjyon’s family. Forced to flee to safety by the same creatures that claimed his daughter, Harrick comes to learn the secrets of his ancestors and the price he was left to pay.
The first thing one notices in Wolves is the artwork. Dave Wachter’s illustrations are gorgeous, brought to full life by the skillful use of watercolors. He manages to elevate the titular wolves from recognizable animals to feral monsters, and the whole series has a great dynamic flow from panel to panel with each action sequence being a standout.
Bobby Curnow’s writing is also impressive. The seeds of a mystery are planted in the first issue and paid off in dramatic fashion by the last. The pacing is appropriately brisk, taking a breather only when the characters need one themselves.
Night of 1,000 Wolves reads like a satisfying three-course meal. As short as it is, there’s still just enough space to breathe life into the characters and lend the climax the emotion it deserves.