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Review: Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 1

Title: Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Vol. 1

Creator/Writer: Patricia Briggs & David Lawrence

Artist: Todd Herman

Colors: Mohan

Lettering: Bill Tortolini

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Alpha and Omega: Graphic Novel

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Format: Hardback, 160 Pages

ISBN-10: 0441018483 (Penguin/Ace)

ISBN-13: 9780441018482 (Penguin/Ace)

Reviewed by: Sheila

Synopsis:

The long-awaited collection-the first four issues of the graphic novel adaptation of the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author’s novel “Cry Wolf”

“Cry Wolf” is Patricia Briggs’ “New York Times” bestselling novel about the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. Now, these characters come alive in full-color graphic novels.

Anne never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack she’s learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males.

Then Charles Cornick-the son of the leader of the North American werewolves-came into her life. He insists that not only is Anne his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And Anna may be the key to stopping a rogue werewolf that threatens the entire pack.

Quick & Dirty: This is a graphic novel based off of the urban fantasy book, Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs.

Opening Sentence: No, don’t…Justin…Leo…Charles…NO!

The Review:

I am a longtime fan of the Mercy Thompson world, including the original series and its spin-off, Alpha and Omega.  Both are filled to the brim with memorable one-liners and vivid imagery.  Each character charms their way into your heart with their personalities and indomitable wills.  They are all strong in their own way and Charles and Anna are no exceptions.  David Lawrence and Todd Herman offer up a unique vision of these beloved characters outside the wilderness of our own imagination.

Charles is the Marrok’s, the leader of the North American Werewolves, enforcer.  His job is to investigate and punish naughty werewolves that don’t follow the rules: Don’t bring attention to yourself and risk our discovery.  After going to Chicago on assignment, he meets his mate, Anna.  The pack she belonged to abused her thoroughly to make her more submissive, even though she is a rare Omega and therefore outside of the normal pack structure.  While Charles and Anna’s werewolves claim one another at first glance, their human sides are left with the fallout of their unusual relationship.  Charles brings her to his home to Montana in an effort to for them to learn more about one another.  It is also a chance for Anna to see how a more stable pack works before the two of them make any more permanent decisions.  Unfortunately, there is a situation that arises that requires Charles’ expertise and immediate attention, so their “honeymoon” must wait.  Can Charles and Anna team up and overcome their personal issues as well as stop a rogue werewolf before it does anymore damage?

The characters really come to life in this graphic novel.  Charles’ stoic nature and Anna’s fear definitely translate well through their facial expressions as well as their words.  The only thing that seems to not come across for me is the awkwardness between the two about their relationship.  To be honest, I am not sure how much better it could have been done in comic format.  The gestures and mannerisms drawn do reflect the volatile nature of all the werewolves, both within town and in the woods.

Anna’s Omega nature is expressed in both words and coloring.  As she begins to realize the extent of her inner strength, so does the reader.  The most obvious scene that proves this point is when Anna first meets Leah, Female Alpha of the North American Werewolves.  Leah cannot use her influence on Anna, since her Omega status makes her immune to it.  Though the magic that Leah welds is hard to translate, it is drawn in such a way that makes it easier to understand, especially Anna’s resistance to it.  I will freely admit to enjoying seeing Bran’s mate get smacked down; that never gets old.

I liked how the original novella is incorporated into Anna’s dreams, so that new readers to the series don’t get confused, while still following the original storyline of Cry Wolf.  I would recommend this thrilling and emotionally charged graphic novel to fans and newbies alike.  Take a chance and go to where the wild things are and you won’t regret it!

Notable Scene:

 

Alpha and Omega GN Series:

1. Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 1

FTC Advisory: Penguin USA/Ace Books graciously provided me with a copy of Cry Wolf Vol. 1No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only payment I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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