Welcome to the fun world of Wolverton, boys and girls! One of the things that immediately caught my interest with this title when I began reading it was the word play. Word play that felt kind of like a rhyme theme a lot of the time in my view. Our main fella, one Jack Wolverton, isn’t a super hero or a mentor to super heroes. No sir. Ol’ Jack is actually a thief. A damned good one at that if I may say! Now he’s not a thief of ordinary things as that’s just boring and a thing of the past! As why steal some diamond when you can steal a wish granting Monkey’s Paw!? Sure, there might be some problems to deal with but any thief knows its bound to be an occupational hazard! And Jack certainly seems to be quite aware of that too. The fact Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett chose the objects that Jack goes for to be items of the Supernatural is a nice thing to see.
Especially since they can add a whole new dynamic to things if the going gets tough. And boy does the captain and his crew certainly get things going for the tough after they catch ol’ Jack on their freighter of speciality items. I’m quite curious as to how long it took Michael and Terrell to get the word play just right for this first issue. And if whether or not they might have used other works with interesting word play as a research tool. Derek Rodenbeck’s excellent artwork certainly seems to work quite well here since the time period this story is set in is 1910. Ellen Belmont’s coloring work also does a great job in making the artwork look fantastic as well in my view. Especially when red backgrounds are used at certain points during Jack’s fights to stay alive and get his snatch of the day to his boss. Who interestingly enough isn’t the kind of boss you would think he’d be.
I have to wonder how much fun Elizabeth McBride had in doing the lettering for this first issue and if she’ll be around for future issues. Which I certainly hope will be the case! I could go on and on about this first issue but I think it best I not do that as I don’t want to ruin things for you. Though I am curious as to why an entire Pantheon of Gods would curse a Diamond! I look forward to seeing what happens next in this comic and what role, if any, an old friend of Jack’s will have in the events to come.
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Wolverton, Thief Of Impossible Objects #1
Burnt Biscuit Books
Writers: Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett
Artist: Derek Rodenbeck
Colorist: Ellen Belmont
Letterer: Elizabeth McBride
Reviewer: Rob Wrecks
Summary: In turn of the century London, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occultic. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands!