Author: Robert Fraser
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Nathan Sero
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/29/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
24 Pages – Color Cover – FULL COLOR interior
There is safety strength in numbers, and for six individuals with almost nothing in common save one important trait, numbers also represents strength.
Oliver, Percy, Rick, Jensen and Katie meet every month on the eve of the full moon with the charismatic Matthew. Together, they undergo an otherworldly transformation — from man (and woman) to WOLF. They run and hunt as one.
As Pack leader, Matthew seems relatively unconcerned about the group’s human lives, and yet would kill to protect his own. He leads the Pack into the night with instinct and fervor, and that’s something that Katie seems to be drawn to, despite her relationship with ambivalent Jensen, one of the most unlikely werewolves you could ever imagine.
For Oliver, a young man bound to a wheelchair, the full moon represents freedom. In his time as a wolf, his body is whole again. Somehow, this transformation is affecting and improving his health as a human. Under the supervision of Dr. Kine, Oliver’s remarkable progress has caught the attention of certain factions who would use Oliver and his friends for their own sinister gains.
Rick has his own pressing matters of the heart. In a scenic bay, on a lone yacht safely anchored off-shore, Taylor waits in confusion and pain. For Taylor, the transformation is new. He isn’t yet part of the Pack and hasn’t learned how to cope with his new-found lupine identity. It’s up to Rick to help him through it… providing they have the chance.
Warning: This review contains NSFW artwork.
The Pack is a thrilling story of a group of werewolves connected more through necessity than by choice. With some comics I love the art more than the story while with others the reverse is true. In this case I enjoyed both equally. Robert Fraser’s story is incredible and Nathan Sero’s artwork is absolutely phenomenal.
They’re a variety of people from different walks of life. One woman, six men including a paraplegic, Oliver, and an African-American, Taylor. There’s also Percy, Oliver’s wealthy lover, Rick, who is Taylor’s lover and Matthew, Katie and Jensen, who are in an odd triangle of sex and denial.
The story opens with the pack, minus Taylor, waking up in a gorgeously illustrated glade.
The personalities show right away with Katie and Jensen waking up on either side of the large and muscular Matthew. It’s obvious there’s tension between the three of them and Jensen is a bit of whiner, complaining not only that he’s snuggled against Matthew but also about their surroundings.
“At least I didn’t have his balls pressed against my forehead today. I still have bugs in my hair, sticks between my toes and grime every-fucking-where else.”
After Jensen retrieves their clothing, the group goes their separate ways.
Rick goes to see Taylor who secured himself aboard a boat out in the sea for his first time shifting. Taylor complains that he hurts but that doesn’t stop them from engaging in a vigorous round of sex before a large breakfast.
Oliver is paralyzed except for when the one time a month he shifts. However, after each shift his paralysis gets better, much to the consternation of his doctor who has a secret.
Oliver and Percy don’t let Oliver’s paralysis get in the way of their sex life and have some fun in the hospital elevator.
Jensen stumbles in on Matthew and Katie messing around and she invites him to join in. He resists at first but Matthew orders Jensen to submit and he somewhat reluctantly does. It’s apparent Jensen is scared of admitting how much he likes sex with Matthew. This sex scene was my favorite in the book, despite the peripheral presence of Katie. Matthew is extremely dominant in the most erotic way.
The ending is a cliffhanger with the Pack in danger and I can’t wait for the next issue.
The Pack isn’t currently available on Amazon. You can purchase either a digital or physical copy only through the Class Comics website. Check out all their store, there are so many different types of comics to choose from.
The Pack #1 is written by Robert Fraser (The Initiation, Beautiful Dead, The Bromance) and breathtakingly illustrated by Class Comics new-comer, Nathan Sero. Using traditional illustration along with hand-painting water-color techniques in tandem with Photoshop coloring, Sero’s art is simply enchanting.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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