Issue by Issue – Red Wolf #7

red-wolf-7Writer – Gardner Fox
Artist – Syd Shores
Inker – Jack Abel
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Artie Simek

The first page of this issue will surprise readers because instead of that familiar Old West scenery, the book jumps to the present and finds Red Wolf on a city street. With this story, Gardner Fox tries something a little different and for the most part, it works, but the entire reason you read this title in the first place is for that good, old-fashioned Western action and drama. There are already enough big city suburban heroes like Spider-Man, Moon Knight and so on and it makes this particular tale a little redundant. Be that as it may, it was not a bad one and it finds the latest man to wear the mantle of Red Wolf in the process of stopping a woman from being robbed. It soon progresses to the point where Red Wolf and the woman are sharing stories of their ancestors and of a lost treasure she wishes to reclaim. First, they have to get past the men who have been chasing her as she unknowingly captured them on film committing a crime. So instead of what we have come to know and love in this book, we get something familiar, yet new. There are a lot of questions to be had as the story essentially picks up with no background information given. Questions like who is this new Red Wolf and why is he working within a city? Also, how is it that many decades later, he also happens to have a wolf named Lobo and how is it that nobody has called Animal Control on the creature? Suffice it to say, things are different and whether good or bad, that is left to the individual to decide. On one hand, it is frustrating as you want to know what happened to the Red Wolf we have become familiar with and his cast of characters and on the other, it is interesting as well. Where the previous issues have been really good, this one was just all right.

3 out of 5

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