Kiernan, Caitlín R.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
For nearly as long as she can remember, Dancy Flammarion has fought monsters, cutting a bloody swath through the demons and dark things of the world, aimed like a weapon by forces beyond her control or questioning. But now, for the first time, Dancy finds herself alone--and the wolves are closing in.

Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse, 2013
ISBN: 1616550252
Branch Call Number: GN KIERNAN 2013
Characteristics: 134 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosenberg, Rachelle
Lieber, Steve
Alternate Title: Wolves


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Kiernan is an excellent novelist and short story writer who has dabbled in comics with Sandman and others. This title takes the original character from her novels, Dancy Flammarion, and makes her dance in comic format thanks to the blistering art by Steve Lieber (yeah Portland!)

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Jun 17, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

With little by way of an introduction, we are thrown into the nightmare world of Dancy Flammarion: wandering teen, albino, chosen of a rather demonic-looking angel, and hunter of monsters. One day, Dancy decides she has had enough though, she breaks the rules, and finds herself angelless. Her faith wavers, and it is only with the guidance of a talking bird, and the ghost of a werewolf, that she stands a chance. Beyond this, there is little mention of a "goal" until three quarters of the book is complete.

Without knowledge of the book this world comes from, there is neither enough context, nor backstory to understand or really like Dancy, especially when in light of the more interesting characters like the ghost-werewolf. Her personality falls flat because of a plot that fails to reveal these (at least in this volume), and a personal motive for hunting monsters; all she says is it is her duty to do gods work. Even with art that portrays emotions well, there is little to define her.

An absolutely exquisite cover of dark-fantasy draws you in, only to be disappointed by an inside which is supplanted by a rougher, supernatural style. As with other comics, the quality difference between the cover art, and the rest is expected, yet most achieve a look that matches the feel of the front, while still setting its own standard of brilliance in other ways. In this case the supernatural style fits the story, but its lack of quality only stands out in comparison.

Overall, the biblical references, and southern setting have potential, but a weak plot, a weaker lead, and little in terms of a point, make this a difficult work to like. Dancy sets out to not be used anymore, but all she turns out to be is a tool. Multiple characters successfully hold her hand, and lead her exactly where they want.


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May 08, 2013
  • lnarizny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

lnarizny thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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