Hour of the Wolf
Simon Spurrier lets slip the Dogs of War with lycanthropic lesbian comic Cry Havoc
“Apart from anything else it’s really great to tell a story with bloody great monsters from all over the world.” Resembling a folklore-infused X-Men, Simon Spurrier’s new Image series Cry Havoc is an exploration of what it means to be a little bit different in contemporary society, with plenty of gruesome beasts to boot.
“The gimmick is that each issue we focus more on a particular monster,” says Spurrier. “It’s lovely to be able to tell a monster story that has everything in it about what I love about classic monster stories, including action, horror and tension, but it’s also quite cerebral and thoughtful as it deals with its subject matter in a very unusual way.”
The story moves from Shoreditch to the Middle East as gay musician Louise Canton is forced to come to terms with her lycanthropic nature before joining forces with a crack troop of mercenaries, who are dispatched on a perilous mission to track down a rogue general.
“We’ve been saying that it’s not about a lesbian werewolf going to war but it kind of is,” laughs Spurrier. “But it also really isn’t because she’s not a werewolf at all. She just assumes she is because that’s the prevalent myth that you’d expect to encounter when faced with doggish, occultist stuff. But actually European mythology in general, and British myths in particular, are saturated with black dog iconography.”
According to Spurrier, he wanted to tell his tale from the point of view of one of those rapidly disappearing myths. “I found myself sticking in some right timely stuff from the real world, such as the war in Afghanistan,” he says. “So it ended up being a lot about big pharma, government control and depression.”
Cry Havoc #1 is published on 27 January.
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