Publisher: Source Point Press
Writer: Devon Wong
Artist: Ken Perry
Colourist: John Hurt
Release Date: September 2018
Right off the bat, I want to say that the storytelling and world building in Wretched Things, a brand new self-published series from Source Point Press, is nothing short of phenomenal.
When I was given this book to review, I initially rolled my eyes, thinking that it was just going to be yet another poor clone of AfterShock’s Animosity. And while there’s definitely some crossover in themes, such as animal rights and how far removed from nature humanity has become, I’m happy to report that the stories couldn’t be more different.
Over the course of this collected edition we get to see the initial salvo in the coming nature versus humanity war, where an innocent mouse is unwillingly turned into the figurehead that the rest of the animal kingdom decide to rally behind. It’s difficult not to become attached to Bran, the mouse in question, as we learn about the world beyond his tribe’s territory in the wake of them all being wiped out by poison.
It is from here that Bran meets up with a radical group of spiders with a desire to start killing humans. This kick-starts a Game of Thrones-esque story section where team of the radicals try to carry out their plan while avoiding the animals that want to keep the status quo. The whole book makes for a gripping read, and while it does end with the way forward clearly visible, writer Devon Wong manages to cleanly wrap up all the dangling plot threads by the end of this book.
The visceral and dirty art by Ken Perry conveys the environment and emotions of the scenes with near surgical precision. You feel that you’re right there with the radicals as they strive to overcome their brethren and humans. That kind of visual investment is a feat which is seldom accomplished, and rarely this well.
It’s clear while reading that the entire creative team are deeply passionate about this project, and it shines through despite the dark setting and tone. This is one of those books that you read, enjoy and put on the shelf, but as soon as anyone looks at it you jump down their throat to tell them all about it – just like Bran.
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The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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