Review: Curse #4

I’ve found over the last few years that getting excited for the ending of any miniseries is a mistake. It either doesn’t end the way that you think it should, or it ends in a way that confuses everyone, but customers just don’t want to admit it. Now let me touch on the “the way that you think it should” thing for just a second. An ending isn’t bad because of that, but you can tell that the writer is trying to surprise you. The writer is trying to put in a twist. I think that surprise and shock should come naturally. If the reader is at all put off by an ending, that means that they call bulls***. At least that’s what I’m thinking. Now, if I look at this werewolf story realistically, it’s not really about a werewolf, it’s about a father’s desperation to protect his son. So you have to ask yourself, what would a father do to protect his son? The answer is anything. I understand that, I really do, but if you finally reach the part where the decision has to be made on what needs to be done, this story could have been about anything. Is it because werewolves and vampires and the occult are kind of all the rage right now? I would have rather just read a dramatic story about a desperate father making mistakes and dusting himself off and trying again until he found a way that worked. I honestly think that a desperate bank robber would have worked better. Or a desperate teacher, or a soldier in some kind of organized crime syndicate or mob family. The werewolf story was a mask. If it’s a story about a real issue, then make it about real people, the comic book reading public has enough respect for artists in this industry to see it for what it really is. We don’t need you to dress it up. But here’s a little synopsis for this issue. The werewolf emerges and the Sheriff is closing in. Laney Griffin is running out of options and more importantly, time. What will he do to prove his innocence? What will he do to save his son? And is there time to do both? The climactic ending to this miniseries by the creative team of Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, and Riley Rossmo comes to you from Boom! Studios and hits shelves today.

Curse_04_coverARegardless of what I thought of the story as a whole, I found the script to be extremely strong. It was very well written. I almost feel like if it had been about anything else, I would have eaten it up with a spoon. The dialogue was good, even though there wasn’t much of it, and the narration was just as good.

The art looked really tight and completely awesome throughout. Especially the last couple scenes at the end; they really had some magic in them. If I had to point out any specific area of this book that impressed me each month, it would have been the art. It really was beautiful to look at.

I wrote last month that I thought that I may have known where this was going, but I was wrong. But that’s okay, I didn’t want to be right. However, I didn’t want to be disappointed either. I really think that I made a good opening argument to why I feel the way that I do. If you need to be reminded, and aren’t eager to instantly hate me for disagreeing with you, please re-read my opening. But I still wish this team all the luck and success. Maybe I’m the only person that feels this way.

Until next week.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel Artist: Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer Publisher: Boom Studios Price: $3.99 Release Date: 4/15/14 Format: Mini-Series, Print/Digital