Hour of the Wolf

Si­mon Spurrier lets slip the Dogs of War with ly­can­thropic les­bian comic Cry Havoc

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“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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