Written and Drawn by Bryan Baugh

Published by Viper Comics

Review by Marc Mason

Jack and Diane. Bonnie and Clyde. Mickey and Mallory. Wulf and Batsy. Pop culture is replete with young men and women on run, living off their wits and outrageous fortune, and Bryan Baugh's supernatural version is different mostly because the title duo aren't lovers who spend their spare time humping the day away. Instead, they're trying to escape from their own urges and deny who and what they are. Unfortunately, when Wulf frightens a young farmgirl, it's going to cause untold havoc- some communities are a little more prone to accepting the strange and unbelievable than others.

There's a lot to like about WULF AND BATSY; Baugh is a pretty decent cartoonist, and he has some Art Adams in his artistic DNA. He also shows a solid gift for detail and demonstrates a grasp on solid storytelling. Also, his attempts to do a little post-modern work on the "villagers vs. monster" tale generally works, and the story gains from its being set in now. Baugh also does his best to give you a reading experience that feels "full"; he doesn't decompress at all, even when he's using expository panels to move the plot forward. If I had a single criticism of the book, it would be on the dialogue end; it could use a punch up- these are monsters and nutty locals. Let's add some wit to the proceedings.

Viper has quietly shown itself to have a gift for finding fine new talent over the past few years, and Baugh (who also drew THE EXPENDABLE ONE for the company) slides into that category nicely. WULF AND BATSY is a fine debut single- should be interesting to hear the rest of the album, ya know?

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