Review: Alabaster: Wolves by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Alabaster WolvesSource: Dark Horse/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Edition: Egalley, 136 pages
Genre: Graphic novel, Fantasy Horror
Purchase: Amazon  / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

Dancy Flammarion may look like a frail teenage girl, but her journey through the swamps and byways of the American South brings her into battle with werewolves, monsters, and grotesque secrets, armed only with a knife and a mission to destroy the deadly creatures that lurk in shadow. Collects the five-issue miniseries.

Alabaster is not my typical kind of graphic novel since I knew virtually nothing about it before requesting it. So I found it both refreshing and a bit odd.

Dancy is a girl on a divine mission to destroy the abominations that have become so abundant and she does it with a butcher knife. She is much like Joan of Arc in that she is not only given her mission but she is also guided by a fiery and wrathful angel, but there is always the question of if it is really there or if it’s just a figment of her imagination. In a rare moment of selfishness she looses her guide and must face the dangers alone.

I personally found myself flip flopping in opinions on this one, so I’m in the minority when it comes to my 3 star rating. I wasn’t particularly fond of any of the characters though I did enjoy seeing them interact with one another, and how things can change if given the right opportunity. I liked the overall story and found the way it played out to be a great personal journey that was actually filled with both physical danger and a sort of self discovery. The art is pretty good and certainly gives off that creepy/grunge-y vibe that tinges the whole story.

I enjoyed it quite a bit and would certainly recommend it to someone looking for something different to read, it has a lot going for it.
3 star

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2 Responses to Review: Alabaster: Wolves by Caitlin R. Kiernan

  1. Sorry it was missing something for you but glad you enjoyed overall.

  2. kimbacaffeinate says:

    It is so hard when you don’t connect. With the characters. This happen to me. After I wrote my review and rated it a three I discovered the book got all fours and fives *shrugs*

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