Writer – Mike Grell, Gary Cohn
Artist – Dan Jurgens, Ron Randall
Inker – Mike DeCarlo, Ron Randall
Colours – Adrienne Roy, Bob LeRose
Letters – John Costanza, Adam Kubert
In the aftermath of their battle with the Evil One, all thoughts turn to curing Rostov of the curse that turns him into a wolf during the full moon. Even with Jennifer doing her best, it seems like the task might be too great a feat. To help her figure out how best to do it though, they take a look back at his past, to the beginnings of his family to see if there is something that can be done. Mike Grell and Dan Jurgens deliver another solid little tale, though it did end somewhat abruptly. What was most interesting about this story was the flashback sequence that was very old-fashioned in its telling of two men battling over a woman with the victor getting the spoils, so to speak. And then like any one of those old tales, the woman automatically falls into the arms of the man and falls in love as well. It is a little silly and a little clichéd, but it does ultimately work and is no less entertaining because of it. The flashback sees Rostov’s ancestors overcome many obstacles to finally one day give birth to a pair of twins, one a werewolf and the other a normal human girl. Fearing that he was a father to a monster, and in truth he was, he not only kills his child, but goes over the cliff with him in the hopes that it would put an end to whatever it was that cursed them. As evidenced by Rostov being alive many years later, it did not. Though this likely means that there is nothing to do for their friend, we will find out what Travis and company will do come the next issue and if they are to leave the age of the Wizard Kings.
3.5 out of 5