The first issue of this book was largely set up. It established Red Wolf as an Old West sheriff and man of action, very much a man of his time. Then, near the end of the issue, he runs afoul of a magic using bad guy. The evil doer worked his spell, and Red Wolf was banished to a strange and mysterious land- the present.
Issue two is all about him trying to figure out what happened to him and take in the wondrous sights of the 21st century. He’s stunned by seeing planes and trucks. Understandably, he gets called in as a drunk, or worse. When the local sheriff’s office responds, things go about like you’d think. The confused Red Wolf is handcuffed and put in the back of the car by Deputy Daniela. As she’s taking him in, she gets a call from the Sheriff, who is pinned down by a local drug gang. The sheriff has had a bad day already, the mayor forbidding him from getting help with a new gang moving in to his territory.
The sheriff and deputy are pinned down, and things look bad for them. Despite being cuffed, Red Wolf escapes the cruise and takes down two of the bad guys. If nothing else, this puts him on better footing with the local law. Then, he finally hears what year it is, and they think he’s insane from his reaction. The final scene ends with a very bizarre cult which is no doubt going to be the good guys’ next problem.
Plot: I’m giving this a 3.5 out of 5 for a simple but fun action filled story.
Art: The art is good. I like how Red Wolf and the others are drawn. 3.5 out of 5 for the art, too.
Positives: Red Wolf’s reactions to this world, and the sheriff’s staff to him, are believable. I like that, even cuffed, Red Wolf shows what kind of lawman he is. The sheriff’s gratitude makes sense, but so does him keeping the man cuffed.
Negatives: The either crooked or prideful mayor seems a bit cliche. I’m hoping the law not trusting Red Wolf passes quickly.
I thought I was originally signing on for a Western. The time travel surprised me, but I’m enjoying it so far.
Red Wolf 2
Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Dalibor Talajic, Jose Marzan, Jr
Colorist: Miroslav Mrva
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Rafa Garres