When awkward high school teen Jasper Dixon sustains an injury 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!
There is no line too far or subject too risky for the Danger Zone from Action Lab as they’ve always shown. When it comes to things like racism and the deep southern states, it’s a touch area for sure. I was thoroughly impressed with how they tackled it in the first issue of Southern Dog and was eager to see how this supernatural approach would proceed.
Our main character Jasper has a lot to deal with, between a tough father, a brother’s shadow to walk in, and a town still struggling with racial divide. As if that wasn’t enough already, he finds himself now having to fight off more than just hormones after being bit on a hunting trip. This is no cheesy Teen Wolf story, and takes a very dark story of extreme prejudice and tops it off with lycanthropy.
With a full volume of this title to explore, I was a lot more pleased overall with the art. It does a great job of illustrating everything with great detail and very cleanly done. I really liked the way that Jasper’s werewolf form was drawn and how it managed to make him actually look younger. Also of note was the nice work with the bloody scenes without going overboard.
As I said before, this is a difficult topic to write about and more so put into a comic. I was impressed with how it was done, and particularly appreciated them working it into today’s reality. Fans of supernatural tales will really love this story for sure. This book was drawn quite well and written even better, and should absolutely be on your reading list.
For more information on Southern Dog or other Danger Zone titles, check out Action Lab/Danger Zone.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.