Giant-Size Werewolf By Night #3
Issue(s): Giant-Size Werewolf By Night #3
But i guess i need to back up. Jack Russell gets a dream communication from Topaz, and realizes that he needs to go to her rescue in Transylvania. Jack's sister Lissa and his friend Buck Cowan insist on going with him, and no one seems too concerned about getting on a plane flying from California to Transylvania despite it being the first night of a full moon.
I'm hoping that they at least booked a flight flying west out of California, maybe staying ahead of sunset. In any event, there are no Werewolves On A Plane incidents.
The story is that some "gypsies" had supposedly been raiding the Russoff manor, and they also have captured Topaz. When Jack investigates, that's when we get our bear.
Aw man, that is too awesome.
And in addition to the bear, we have zombies.
Crazy! But the story here is that the old woman is really Jack's grandmother.
She ended up living with the vagabond tribe after her son Gregory was killed by the villagers for being a werewolf, and then later her tribe was killed by villagers, resulting in her bear-vengeance schemes.
Grandma Russoff dies at the hand of one of her zombies, but the villagers are appropriately chastened for all the trouble they've caused. But who cares about that?! Silver tipped bears! Zombies! Great issue!
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place between Werewolf By Night #26-27.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Werewolf By Night vol. 2
This issue brings up one of the major problems that I had with Gillis's Strange arc. Jack's grandmother is able to use Topaz to amplify her spells, just like Taboo did- because Topaz is a familiar. And Gillis clearly remembered this, since he had Urthona describe Topaz as a familiar. So why couldn't Strange use Topaz to amplify his spells the same way? It might not have been enough to stand against the threats to Earth but you'd think that he would have tried before resorting to unholy magics that require human sacrifice.
Posted by: Michael | January 8, 2015 8:03 PM
The Silver Monster in Jack's dream at the start is actually quite impressive.
Amazing that the Comics Code didn't complain about the zombies; I'm guessing that as long as the word "zombie" wasn't used, they just didn't care.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 9, 2015 10:05 PM
Recently bought this issue for the bear with metal claws. Can’t wait to read this titanic battle!!
Posted by: Mquinn1976 | February 7, 2018 2:29 PM
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