Zombies are getting pretty tired.
Don’t even get me started on mummies.
One of the few things that has any real power any more, the power to truly frighten, is the werewolf. In the comfortable, techno-world in which we live, nature has been pushed to the farthest reaches. It is so far removed from our daily lives that we get thrilled when we see a squirrel and we have to vist the zoo to see something as exotic as a bear or a mountain lion. B`ut every so often nature creeps back in to our reality. And, when it does, it scares us in a way that no invention of Man is capable.
The creators of Night of 1,000 Wolves understand the power and terror of nature. That is why they spend the majority of the book focused on the the ferocity and natural power of the wolfpack. While there is a definite supernatural bend to the book, the true terror comes from the fact that the humans thought they had it all worked out. They thought they had everything under control. Kind of how we all think we have nature comfortably removed from our daily lives. As much as we want to believe we have tamed nature, nature has a way of collecting its due.
In the Dark Ages, the tranquil life of Harrick Benjyon and his family is shattered by unthinkable tragedy. Before they can react, the family find themselves under seige by hordes of wolves with one aim. Death. A race for survival becomes all the more impossible by the arrival of the supernatural… and the dark secrets that lie at the heart of the Benjyon family.
The scenario itself is terrifying: A family is surrounded by a thousand ravenous wolves. No matter where they turn, no matter how fast they run, the wolves are there. But what pushes the book into the territory of truly frightening is the art. Dave Wachter uses a combination of pencils and ink washes to create a ghostly atmosphere where everything is cast in the light of the full moon. I was reminded of the battle of Helm’s Deep from the second Lord of the Rings movie where the setting, light, and the movement in the shadows adds more to the terror of the situation than the actual hordes facing the heroes. There is a substantial amount of bonus material at the back of the book which details the art process Wachter used. It was mesmerizing to watch pages develop from pencils to finished piece and how the intensity increased as the layers of light and shadow were added.
Night of 1,000 Wolves deserves a place on any horror-lover’s bookshelf. Werewolves are not easy to pull off in comics, but this team figured out how to do it masterfully. As the nights get longer, the shadows grow deeper, and nature begins to creep around the edges, it is the perfect time to explore a frightening story of nature taking its revenge.