Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 Werewolves | Strangeways: Murder Moon

As much as I love werewolves, it's very rare when a werewolf story actually scares me. Mike Mignola's "The Wolves of Saint August" is one exception; Matt Maxwell and Luis Guaragña's werewolf Western, Murder Moon is another.

Murder Moon is the first volume in Maxwell's Strangeways series that follows cowboy Seth Collins as he encounters legendary monsters in the Wild West. It's werewolves this time and vampires in Volume 2: The Thirsty. You can read the first chapter of Murder Moon at Maxwell's site. If you're like me, you'll want Chapter 2 right away.

While I'm on the subject of werewolf Western comics, honorable mention goes to David Gallaher and Steve Ellis' High Moon. I'm ashamed that I haven't read it yet, but I hear amazing things about the former Zuda webcomic that came out a couple of years after Murder Moon. This one's about former Pinkerton detective Matthew Macgregor (a descendant of Rob Roy) who runs across a werewolf-infested town and goes to war on the beasts. It sounds more fun than frightening, but there's nothing wrong with that and there's certainly no arguing with Ellis' fantastic art.


Paxton said...

Holy crap, Michael, I've never heard of those. I love supernatural westerns, especially in comics. I'll check both of those out.

Have you read The Sixth Gun? It's a supernatural western and it's AMAZING. Give it a shot. Not any werewolves but lots of the undead, magic, golems and demons. And gunfighters.

Michael May said...

Sorry I'm late in replying to this, Pax. I've got the first couple of volumes on Sixth Gun, but haven't got to them yet. I really need to do that, 'cause it's right in my wheelhouse.

I forget: are you a table-top RPG person? I'm wondering if you've ever played Deadlands, 'cause it's an amazing Weird West setting and has a really fun system that incorporates playing cards and poker chips.


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