The Dogs Of War

SFX - - Reviews - Sam Ashurst

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Im­age Comics Writer Si­mon Spurrier Artist Ryan Kelly is­sues 1- 3 Open­ing at the end of the story, cut­ting back to the be­gin­ning, then jump­ing straight into the mid­dle of the nar­ra­tive, Cry Havoc’s con­struc­tion might feel dis­ori­en­tat­ing at first. But as our lead Louise Can­ton’s tale un­folds, show­ing her jour­ney from hip­ster mu­si­cian to pow­er­ful were­wolf, to free­lance sol­dier track­ing an en­emy mon­ster, it be­comes clear the struc­ture is con­nected to the book’s key theme – the way hu­mans use sto­ries and myths to make sense of their lives.

It’s heady stuff, but in the midst of all the non- lin­ear ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, Cry Havoc never for­gets to have fun. This could be the only comic you’ll read this year that fea­tures a mas­tur­bat­ing Ice­landic were- hog, and it’ll cer­tainly be the last book you’ll pick up in 2016 that shares plot threads with bonkers ’ 80s In­done­sian hor­ror Mystics In Bali.

With a com­pelling first arc pro­vid­ing emo­tional back­story and ex­cit­ing ac­tion, we’re pre­pared to forgive the fact that writer Si­mon Spurrier oc­ca­sion­ally leans heav­ily on an­no­ta­tions at the end of the book to ex­plain his in­ten­tions. He should trust the good­look­ing art and like­able leads to carry us past the oc­ca­sional logic howlers.

Okay okay, strictly speak­ing, Louise isn’t bit­ten by a were­wolf, but a Bargh­est – a spec­tral black hound.

Talk about a shaggy dog story.

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