Shipping in August 2014
Writer(s): Jeremy Holt
Artist Name(s): Alex Diotto
Cover Artist(s): Riley Rossmo
Limited variant cover (limited to 1500): Mehdi Cheggour
When awkward high school teen Jasper Dixon conceals an injury sustained during a hunting excursion with his family, his infected wolf bite combined with the hormonal changes of puberty triggers a disturbing physical transformation. Now he’s forced to confront his Deep South upbringing and monsters far worse than what he’s become!
Southern Dog from Action Labs entertainment brings us an interesting premise as it combines two things that I did not think I would see in comics namely, werewolves and racism.
Once that shock had died down is an interesting story that has the potential to be a great comic. We are introduced to our main character Jasper, if anything he is characterized as the black sheep of the family mainly in the way that he thinks. It makes him an instantly likeable character and can really feel for him throughout the course of the story. As we see him realizing his powers as werewolf we know we are in for some action especially as it seems it will not be supernatural foes our hero is fighting. The first issue sets everything up nicely and it will be a joy to see where this story goes, my only concern is that with the touchy subject that Holt is drawing from that he has the writing chops to pull it off. Time will tell but, for the first issue it will be interesting to see how Jasper reacts to his father’s “extracurricular” activities.
The art has a very sketchy style particularly in the coloring and which I think works well. One thing I really enjoyed was the design of the werewolves themselves, instead of going for the more well built killing machine seen in such things as “Underworld” instead opting for a more lithe figure that makes them look more like hunters and more human.
Overall Southern Dog is an interesting title, some of the characters seem to be caricatures more than actual people themselves however, the premise is interesting enough that it warrants picking up the second issue to see where this book is going.
By Matt Deery