Review: Cry Wolf Graphic Novel by Patricia Briggs, et. al.

Posted October 4, 2012 by Gikany-Una in 4 stars, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , , , ,

Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Vol. 1
Author: Patricia Briggs / David Lawrence / Todd Herman 
Release Date: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: InkLit (Penguin)
Alpha & Omega Graphic Novel #1
ISBN: #978-0441018482
Genre: Graphic Novel / Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Hardcover (128 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
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.
This is a re-issue of Ace’s compilation of the Dynamite Entertainment Cry Wolf graphic series. It contains new artwork and a never-before published version of issue #1. It is NOT identical to the Ace edition though it does have the same ISBN.
What G & U are talking about:
WARNING: Please note that the series this graphic novel is based on is an ADULT urban fantasy series.  Sometimes we can easily mistake a graphic novel for being an acceptable young adult genre, a comic book if you will.  That is not the case.  There are very serious adult themes that take place in this story that are not appropriate for young children.  
As huge fans of Patricia Briggs, it is not surprising that Gikany and Una had the privilege of reviewing the graphic novel release of Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 1.  (Okay, we may have nagged Twimom…a tad…a bit…a lot).  Although it has been released before in this format, the artwork on this one is new and the story is a retelling of the novel from the Alpha and Omega series, Cry Wolf.  
The story follows Cry Wolf very well.  It is understandable that there had to be a few tweaks to the story considering the change in format.  We enjoyed the way the novella, Alpha and Omega, (from which sprang the series) was incorporated in flashbacks of various characters.  Anna’s history in her previous pack is very much a critical point in her relationship to not only Charles, but also every other wolf she meets.  Her development along the series is incredible.  
However, the real review is of the new format.  When we read a novel, our individual brains create the characters in our head (at least for Gikany and Una… but we admit we do have overdeveloped imaginations…).  So to see these characters come to life in another person’s talent is interesting.  First off, we do like the way that Charles and Anna are depicted, although, we did feel Anna should be a little skinnier considering that she was malnourished prior to meeting Charles and therefore his goal to get some meat on her bones.  
The depiction of Charles felt spot on along with Asil and Samuel.  However, we thought that Bran did not appear young enough.  We could understand him being depicted occasionally as an adult, but we know he is easily mistaken for being a teenager – part of the power and mystery of the Marrok.  However, overall, the graphics were good, but we loved the sketches at the end the best.  
We recommend Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 1 to any fans of Briggs, urban fantasy graphic novel lovers, or anyone interested in getting a preview of the series.  It is very entertaining to see a beloved story come to life in a new format.
Their Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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