Issue by Issue – Red Wolf #8

red-wolf-8Writer – Gardner Fox
Artist – Syd Shores
Inker – Chic Stone
Letters – Sheldon Leferman

This issue of Red Wolf once again focuses upon the current incarnation who has found himself up against a motorcycle gang. If this was indeed meant to be a permanent chance, at least writer Gardner Fox picked an apt villain for our hero to fight as they resemble an old West posse – at least in spirit. The book introduces a new supporting cast member in Jill Tomahawk, a woman whose ancestry is Mohawk and who comes to clash with our hero.  It  is not only because of their different bloodlines, but because he also happens to be a man and Jill having to prove herself as a cop all of the time which becomes a little frustrating. While the overall story is not a bad one, something happened between this issue and the last because the dialogue by Fox is atrocious. It reads like it could have been lifted from a Z movie straight from the big screen it is so bad and that is what makes it so strange as Fox is usually exceptionally good at his job. There are some scenes in the book that are painful to read and it really takes the reader out of the story which is a real shame as the book used to be so good. Syd Shores does a fantastic job on the artwork, but without a good script, it falls apart in places. Aside from the pencils by Shore and the introduction of Jill Tomahawk, the best thing about it all was Lobo and that was simply for the fact that he was not able to speak.

2.5 out of 5

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