I had the opportunity to review the first of the four issue series CURSE from Boom! Studios. Written by Michael Moreci (HOAX HUNTERS) and Tim Daniel (ENORMOUS) with art by Colin Lorimer (UXB) and Riley Rossmo (DRUMHELLAR), the series is being described as a smart, realistic, and haunting read.
Issue one begins with a man holding someone or something captive. We learn that the man is Laney Griffin, but are not too clear on what he has in shackles.
Flash back an unknown amount of time, and we discover that Griffin is a former college football star who’s son Jaren is battling leukemia. Griffin was destined to be the first overall pick for the pro’s, but a serious knee injury shattered both his knee and his dreams. Now, under financial stress from his sons hospital bills and constantly being pressured from his sister-in-law Nora, who wants custody of Jaren so he can be provided with better health care, Laney makes a decision (all be it a very dangerous one) that could help him financially so that he can continue to pay for the treatments Jaren needs.
Nora (Griffin’s sister-in-law) is a law enforcement officer who is investigating the reoccurring brutal murders that has the town in a frenzied panic. The bodies of the victims are being devoured by someone or something (sound familiar). She feels the pressure from the community to solve the murders and is having to deal with local political pressure and bounty hunters who are trying to take the law into their own hands.
It is the bounty that leads Griffin into this perilous quest in hopes that he can not only rid the town of this mysterious killer, but also use the money he makes to help his son. The end of issue one leads to Griffin’s hunt down and then showdown with the mysterious murderer, who happens to be a werewolf.
The werewolf’s ability to get inside Griffin’s head and literally smell the stench of death (his son) on him was both sad and terrifying. The first issue of Curse is an absolutely horrific and intriguing personal tale of a man risking everything for his family. If the next three issues are as fascinating as the first, we are in for an incredibly unique werewolf story.