Issue by Issue – Red Wolf #2

red-wolf-2Writer – Gardner Fox
Artist – Syd Shores
Letters – Artie Simek

Red Wolf is out on patrol when he notices a gang of men hunting down a lone woman who is riding as fast as her horse will carry her. He soon finds out that her name is Molly Brennan and that she has discovered a plot to rob dynamite from a train. Knowing that there are few places where she can hide where she will be safe, he disguises her as a woman of his tribe and hides her there, much to her loud and violent protestations. Gardner Fox who writes this adventurous tale then takes our hero back to the fort in his secret identity of Johnny Wakely, Indian scout. Of course, the Major can do nothing about it so that leaves Red Wolf to take up the cause in the best way he knows how. Fox ups the action after this and Syd Shores draws it all quite magnificently as our hero fends off robbers and rival tribesmen while trying to keep Molly safe. Thankfully he has a little help from Lobo, the wolf who has chosen to accompany him as without him, he would not be able to do all that he needed to do and Molly is definitely not making things any easier. At the beginning of the story, as was present during the time period, there is a little racism present on the part of the white people portrayed in the book, including Molly herself. By the end of the tale, which seems a little ridiculous in part, the reader is supposed to believe Molly has ‘fallen’ for Red Wolf and while it is all nice and good in a fairy-tale sort of way, it would never have worked out like that in the real world. Be that as it may, the story was a lot of fun and Fox who is better known for his DC output rather than his Marvel work, did a great job on the hero despite the lack of costumed characters or crazy villains. Though this is a western title, it would be interesting to see if Red Wolf gains himself a nemesis and if at some point, his alter-ego Johnny gives back to those men that continually ridicule him. Unlike the first issue of the series, it was nice to see that this particular story received a satisfactory ending and shows that sometimes, our hero does indeed win the day.

3.5 out of 5

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