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Revere #1

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Revere #1

Credits

  • Words: Ed Lavallee
  • Art: Grant Bond
  • Inks: Grant Bond
  • Colors: Grant Bond
  • Story Title: Revolution in Silver
  • Publisher: Alias Enterprises
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Jul 12, 2006

Lights appear in the Old North Church, hoof beats shatter the night; Paul Revere is on a mission. Instead of warning of the British, though, Revere is hunting werewolves.

In this comic by newcomers Ed Lavallee and Grant Bond, horror and history mix with a dash of pulp as the creators try to find a new twist on an old idea. Vampire and zombie comics have recently seen a new popularity and now werewolves look poised to follow. So what does Revere bring to the party?

It is 1775 and American Colonist and patriot, Paul Revere is out and about...hunting. America is not only threatened by the British Crown’s tightening hold on their wayward colony, it is also suffering from an outbreak of werewolves. Who better to counteract this than silversmith Revere? There is tragedy and triumph in a single night’s work but there are also greater secrets. What is behind this infestation of creatures of the night?

In true bridal fashion, writer Ed Lavallee and artist Grant Bond deliver something old, something new, something borrowed, and...well, okay, there’s really nothing blue here but you get the idea. For example, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, Paul Revere’s Ride is liberally borrowed and adapted to serve as a narrative device here. It is a clever idea and one that is seldom seen to such an extent in comics. Lavallee also borrows the historical figure of Revere himself to turn this title into an alternative history fiction piece.

The "old" that can be seen in this issue are some plot devices that are old stock for horror and slasher films. These include sudden reveals and the car (or in this case, carriage) stopped on a lonely road. As much as these points are somewhat cliché, the historical setting and unusual art style give them a different look and feel.

The "new" is both in the idea of mixing horror and historical fiction as well as the non-traditional look of the werewolves. To be honest, I’m still not certain if I like artist Grant Bond’s werewolf design or not. On the one hand, the creatures here make me think punk rock werewolves. On the other, it is an interesting diversion from the traditional. I think only time will tell if the look grows on me or not. Speaking of Grant Bond, his style is also something "new." The soft pencils and colors give the images a dreamy, Victorian foggy look that is unusual for a comic with a horror edge. It works surprisingly well here.

There are a few flaws with Revere, however. For the major villains of the piece, the werewolves are somewhat underdeveloped in this first issue. How are they created? Why are they such a threat to the colonies as a whole? What, exactly, are their abilities (how strong are they, how fast are they, etc.)? I expect, with three issues to go, readers will learn the answers to these soon but a few teases and hints would not have been amiss here.

Despite these difficulties, Revere makes a strong showing. A little historical fiction, a few monsters, a pulp-style hero, and an unusual art style all add up to an inventive addition to werewolf stories. Load up your silver bullets, saddle your horse, and prepare to take a midnight ride with Paul Revere.

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