Werewolf By Night #21
Issue(s): Werewolf By Night #21
It doesn't work, of course...
...but give him some credit for trying.
Meanwhile, we learn that Lou Hackett got a ring similar to the one we saw Jack using last issue from the estate of Joshua Kane, since Hackett and Kane were hunting buddies. We also learn that Hackett is an ass.
Kane's estate lawyer Geraldo Kabal reveals that the chest of magical treasures that Kane had was originally the property of the monk Aelfric. When Hackett learns that Jack Russell got a similar ring, he transforms into a werewolf and tears out Kabal's throat.
Since Hackett's ring allows him to transform into a werewolf under his own control even though Hackett never had the curse of lycanthropy, it's unclear to me if the ring Jack took from Kabal last issue had the same properties, or if it just granted the ability of someone who already had lycanthropy to control themselves. In other words, when Jack transformed into a werewolf last issue, was that because he was already a werewolf or was the ring just granting him the same properties that Hackett's ring had, and the fact that Jack was also a werewolf was just a coincidence?
We won't really know since Jack lost his ring.
But this issue grants us three werewolves.
That's a lot of werewolves. So we'll throw one into a vat of molten metal. And since Coker is the one that kicked him in, that counts as meeting the conditions for the cure for lycanthropy, and so Coker is no longer a werewolf either.
Actually, i take issue with that cure. I don't know if Hackett should really have counted as a werewolf, but more to the point, i think it's cheap that the cure works if the werewolf is killed in what is basically an environmental TKO. I assumed that one werewolf would have to kill another werewolf with its claws and teeth, and, you know, drink its blood or eat it or something. The idea that you can kind of kill him by accident and it still counts seems pretty cheap to me.
In any event, this issue continues Moench's wrapping up of some previous plotlines. Hackett, formerly a legitimate cop getting close to realizing that Jack is the Werewolf, is turned into an evil bastard and killled off, and Raymond Coker's lycanthropy is cured, leaving Jack the only Werewolf in the book.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Werewolf By Night vol. 1
"Actually, i take issue with that cure."
To be fair, all it says is "that the cure for lycanthropy is to kill another werewolf during a full moon." Theoretically, if one werewolf pushes another werewolf in front of a car and the car kills him, it would still be "credited" to the original werewolf, IMO. I.E., his action ultimately caused the other werewolf to die. If it's good enough to get you thrown in jail for murder, it should count.
Posted by: clyde | February 5, 2017 7:11 PM
I must give credit to Don Perlin (for once) for giving Lt. Lou Hackett a magnificent head of hair that he was able to maintain even in his werewolf form. I only bring this up because my own hairline has gone the way of the triceratops, with the exception of a pathetic, Phil Collins-style widow's peak, and seeing televangelist-style hair, even on a comics character, gives me a sense of wistful nostalgia for my own long-lost locks.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 22, 2017 11:08 PM
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