Wolf #1

Wolf #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Matt Taylor, Lee Loughridge Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 22, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 13
8.1Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Bestselling new star writer ALES KOT teams up with white-hot artist MATT TAYLOR and DEADLY CLASS colorist extraordinaire LEE LOUGHRIDGE for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! The crime noir thrills and characters reminiscent of True Detective meet with mythical stakes worthy of Neil Gaiman's Sandman in this original fantasy/horror/crime saga for mature readers. Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse, California-style. The road to hell and back begins in a MAX-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with fifty-eight pages of story and no ads!

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - BunchOfSteve Jul 23, 2015

    A brand new ongoing series from Ales Kot for Image Comics that expands his comic book canon into neo-mythologian territory. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jul 21, 2015

    That being said, the economics are certainly worthwhile as well. While Wolf is $4.99, you're not left wanting for content. While a lot of books are baselining at $3.99, more often than not,they're heading towards a 20-22 page count. Wolfgives you around 3 times the page count, and you're definitely not getting a rushed story in that regard. While comics have had plenty of furor recently over the economics of page count, the inclusion of more diverse characters, and the diversity of content, Wolf had an answer for all 3. You're getting a top tier team hitting the ground running, and you have a chance to pick up from the word go. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jul 24, 2015

    The best way I can explain how this story feels to me, it is as if it is a cross between Crime Story and American Horror Story, as it has some very familiar looking characters from both genres tropes but places these characters within this world, where both exist. The story by Kot shines, stumbles, and then soars, as the he provides a ride that will make any reader, a true believer. The art by Matt Taylor is a godsend, as I can looks at his drawings for hours, and the illustrations he provides for this comic, is magnificent. The teaming up of these talents to tell this story is what readers like me who love both genres, dream of. Overall, a great comic with an excellent premise, that will only get better, with the talents of Kot and Taylor lighting the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 23, 2015

    Of course, for a lot of people, Ales Kot is not an easy writer to follow. His Zero, as an example, has been a criminally under-read spy story that deals with the horrors of warfare. With Wolf, I urge readers not to make the same mistake twice. Yes, there are plenty of comics featuring mysterious protagonists dealing with supernatural plots - indeed, there's a lot of similarities in tone with The Dying and the Dead, just to think of an example - but when you're looking at similar genres and material, the most important thing to distinguish a book is its style. And that's something Wolf has in abundance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Jul 20, 2015

    Wolf #1 is a captivating debut from Ales Kot, Matt Taylor, and Lee Loughridge. Kot's impeccable ability to build a world by dropping the reader straight into it makes for a pleasantly disorienting experience. Readers may find themselves rereading the issue immediately in order to get a better bearing on the proceedings. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 27, 2015

    Ales Kot, Matt Taylor, Lee Loughridge and Clayton Cowles have delivered a debut that is absolutely steeped in the influences of comics and genres past, but makes them all feel brand new again. Brian De Palma once said that noir feels like some sort of recurring dream and that's the perfect way to describe Wolf; a hazy dream that refuses to let you go even in the cold light of day. The archetypes and the conventions are all there, but they are presented in such a way that you don't recognize them and you don't want the story to end. That's the best kind of debut; the real deal from a team and imprint stocked with real talent. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 8, 2015

    A very solid debut issue that provided a lot of information, set up some great breadcrumbs to follow (essential for any mystery story) and introduced a number of intriguing characters that made me think “I want to know more about them”. Perfect! That's exactly how you hook readers into coming back for more. Kot was completely successful with this massive 1st issue; I'll be back for #2, #3 and beyond, following immortal investigator Antoine Wolf as he gets to the bottom of the mystery set up within the 58 pages is this 1st issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jul 23, 2015

    Once again, Ales Kot does not disappoint as a writer. “Wolf” #1 is a stellar debut with some fantastic art by Matt Taylor and Lee Loughridge that captures the heart of the city of Los Angeles and plays it against an encroaching sense of otherworldliness. The book captures a realistic, grounded feeling with the focus on characters and their interactions while a sense of supernatural dread creeps into the book as the story goes on. That, along with a last page cliffhanger that blows the doors open in the ways the series could go, makes this a definite read even at the $4.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Jul 27, 2015

    Starting off by comparing yourself to True Detective and Sandman is nothing short of ballsy. With only one issue under its belt,Wolf hasn't reached True Detective levels yet, and I certainly don't think it'll ever compare to Sandman, but that's okay. I don't think any other comics really will. So far, it's hitting Neverwhere levels though, and that should be high enough praise for anyone to go out and buy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jul 26, 2015

    This book is a good start and a new spin on werewolves and other supernatural happenings. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jul 23, 2015

    Wolf #1 presents an original story that places people with abilities in the modern day. It's a detective story, in a way, and the lead character is as unlikely a lead as possible. But that fits the tone of the book; placing squid-faced men, vampires, and murder all within the same first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 23, 2015

    Over all, this is a solid start to the series. There's already mystery, intrigue, vampires, immortals, murder, and the freaking Antichrist. If that doesn't sound cool to you, rethink your definition of "cool." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Alice Hudson Jul 23, 2015

    Freddy Chtonic is already one of my favorite characters.One of the things that most excites me about this book is that Kot announced very recently that starting in the next few months creators of color would have several pages in each issue ofWolf to tell whatever stories set in the world ofWolf they wanted. The industry has an extremely long way to go in terms of creator diversity and opening up to creators of color, but this is one positive step in the right direction.“Anita Christ” is too on the nose. To be honest I'm also hoping Wolfe is not a werewolf. I mean, our last wolf detective just left the building.I absolutely love the cover and the logo/design work for the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jul 24, 2015

    The storytelling feels really effortless when all pulled together and just makes for a smooth read. It feels less like a first issue of a new series, there are no gimmicks with this series, it just feels incredibly honest, and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - neil_or_no_deal Jul 25, 2015

    Wolf #1 is an intriguing book. Hard boiled noir meets gothic horror. There's a lot going on but it is never overwhelming. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Tyler Pollock Jul 22, 2015

    Wolf #1 can get a bit confusing at times, and I had to reread it just to understand what was going on. Clocking in at 58 pages, this deserves a long hard look and you might be surprised what you see in the art. Matt Taylor and Lee Loughridge are the artist and colorist for this book at they are brilliant. Taylor's clean, angular pencils give way to fantastic details in the background and the way Loughridge fills pages with fiery oranges and forest greens is a sight to behold. This book has both style and substance if you're willing to look close enough, and proves just how weird Los Angeles is. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 22, 2015

    “Wolf” #1 is a big comic and it throws a lot at you at once but it's got some potential. Kot is touching on a lot of interesting themes and many of the plot points could develop into something truly compelling. Taylor and Loughridge are a very strong art team and if this series can find it's footing, and focus a little bit better, “Wolf” could be one of the better ongoing series in comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jul 20, 2015

    "Wolf" #1 is a comic book jam packed with ideas. Right now, the various elements don't tie together into a whole just yet, but the characters and setting are entertaining and worth checking out, especially with this 64-page introduction. Kot is known for letting threads dangle out before slowly pulling them all back together, as evidenced in his work on books like "Secret Avengers." Los Angeles is already a weird place and, with this debut issue, it's only going to get weirder. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Jul 22, 2015

    Wolf #1 is a tricky read given how varied the experience is along the way. In truth, I think the issue would have been much better served if the first half had been cut, with the necessary exposition worked into the remainder. Though the first half was ordinary (and confusing), its that second half that has me interested in what might happen in issue #2. I started out mostly unimpressed, but by the end, I liked itwhich is the kind of journey you can have in a 60-page issue. The art, colors, and writing are rocky at the start, but become much smoother and more confident, and if thats what the team has to offer, then Im on board with where it could go from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jul 23, 2015

    Kot's characters and world-building are as intriguing as ever, but the book is lacking a core character or concept to latch onto thanks to so much of this over-sized issue being devoted to setup. The cliffhanger does show some potential for the future, but right now this issue is a slippery first step. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerd Rock from the Sun - Neil Bason Aug 11, 2015

    Wolf can go one of two ways from here. Either all the pieces fall into place and us readers are in for an absolute storytelling gem, or, it falls further into the disjointed confusion and us readers are lost in the fog. Here's hoping it's the former. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 22, 2015

    At the end of the day I think this comic frustrated and annoyed me more than it entertained. I don't know about you, but I don't tend to stick around on stories that don't first entertain me. If you are a Kot fan then you'll probably like this story, it's very much in tune with everything else he writes and frankly that's becoming annoying in and of itself. If you're not a Kot fan or you've gone sour on him like I have, then this won't bring you back around. But hey, it's creator-owned so if you want to chance it at least you'll be supporting the creators and not a corporation. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Proper Reviews Jul 21, 2015

    Ales Kot is a loudmouth chump. After reading his tweets towards other creators, I will never buy any of his creations, and the fact he is a mediocre writer who has obvious professional jealousy. Maybe he was passed over for the Punisher gig and this is his small child lash out. Here's an example. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/04/23/fanboy-rampage-ales-kot-vs-mitch-gerads-and-nathan-edmondson-over-chris-kyle-american-sniper/

  • 9.5
    tacobongo Jul 23, 2015

    This was excellent. Ales Kot has been one of the most interesting writers in comics for a little bit now, with his taste for psychedelics and post-modern lit, but this is better than anything of his I've read so far. (NB: I haven't read Zero yet.) It's sort of an update to Hellblazer in a way, bringing back the leftist politics, the sick sense of humor, and everything else that got whitewashed as the series went on. At the same time, the Hellblazer comparisons aren't entirely fair, because this book is definitely something unique, thanks not only to Kot's writing, but Matt Taylor's fantastic art--he's got a wonderful sense of composition, and he handles the mundane just as well as the fantastic. Lee Loughridge's muted colors tie everything together, making this a must-read book.

  • 8.5

    With a right mix of supernatural elements and True Detective-esque vibes, the first issue of Wolf is an interesting and entertaining debut of the series.

  • 4.0
    AgentPoyo Jul 28, 2015

    Meh.. when I start thinking about other things while reading, that's a sign the writer has not captured my attention, keeping me entertained enough to focus on the overall story. I don't think I made it past page 15. It's too bad, the art wasn't half bad.

  • 10
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  • 6.5
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  • 5.0
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  • 4.0
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