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The first issue of “Alabaster Wolves” raises so many questions that readers will be racking their minds for possible scenarios as they wait for the next installment. The story revolves around a sixteen-year-old albino girl who exterminates monsters at the request of her angel.
The young teen, Dancy Flammarion, is a sassy girl with a more than a bit of trouble swirling around her conscience. At first, she appears to be a Joan of Arc figure, and the werewolf she runs into even calls her Joan in a mocking manner. Dancy claims she is no saint, but constantly defends herself by saying she has only killed monsters, not people. Later, she contradicts herself, and the pain shows clearly through her southern accent and pleading thoughts that she sends out to her angel to kill her.
The angel that watches over her is not what one would think of when imagining an angel. Four heads that almost always appear to be in some state of anguish and two sets of bat-like wings give this “angel” a demonic appearance rather than one of grace. The theme of things not being what they seem is commonplace throughout the story as the line between monsters and humans is blurred.
Another blurry line appears between religious duty and personal duty. The actions that are required for each of these may overlap or contradict each other. Dancy, who seems to have dealt with her angel’s requests in the past, now starts to question them and becomes more concerned with her immediate state (her life instead of her soul). Many times she admits to believing that her angel will step in and help her, but it never happens.
How much longer can Dancy hold on to her faith in the angel that is supposed to watch over her? Despite quoting scripture to monsters, she also finds herself thinking of advice, but she cannot remember where she heard or read it and thinks she might have made it up. As Dancy starts to question herself, the reader also starts to have questions about all the events that have occurred in the first issue of “Alabaster Wolves”.
One of these questions may be, “How does the title of this comic play out within the story?” So far, nothing but more questions and scenarios have been raised, but issue two looks promising, considering the intriguing first issue.