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Cryowulf Comic

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Cryowulf Comic

Story & Written by: Sam Roads
Art By: Ben Matsuya
Official Site: Cryowulf

Cover price: $6.29

Loosely based on the saga of Beowulf, Cryowulf is a gender-flipped, sci-fi retelling of this ancient epic poem. Set in a long abandoned space station, a matriarchal society sees its champion, Crow grow to face a menace in its midsts: the monster Grendel.

Cryowulf takes its inspiration from the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf; here, however, storyteller Sam Roads transports our hero from Scandinavia to the outer perimeter of a black hole. Technology has lost a battle with primeval lore, superstition, and human nature. The space station has fallen into an atavistic state. In a matriarchal world, a young girl named Crow is training to an Apprentice Keeper - one who must learn the ancient traditions and ritual, which coincidentally keep the station running. In the following scene, Crow’s training is interrupted when the leader of the tribe suggests Crow is not properly learning her path. Struggling against her pre-ordained order, Crow lashes out. Her mentor, Tawney Owl reminds her that her mother was also an Apprentice Keeper and also a dreamer of greater things. As Crow storms out, her sister Raven is tasked with bringing Crow back. All the while, the tribe is unaware of a mysterious, dangerous, entity lurking on the ship named… Grendel.

Ben collaborated on Cryowulf with British storyteller Sam Roads. Cryowulf was another successful kickstarter project launched on September of 2018. Its fusion of European influences (both in traditional art and comics) and some manga elements has earned Ben rave reviews.

A large reason to continue through this book is the absolutely jaw dropping artwork from newcomer Ben Matsuya. The line work has this expressive quality to it, which means every character is beautifully realised and packed full of and life and energy. It reminded us a lot of Eric Zawadzki’s work on Eternal, but also with the depth and range of Chris Wildgoose in Porcelain (albeit with a slightly chunkier feel to it). It feels a little bit Manga in places, and also quite European in others. But at the same time, achingly current, making it a really wonderfully created package. Add to this some incredibly conceived spaceships and set designs, some amazing character creations (especially the terrifying grendel). And some of the most sumptuous colours we will see all year and you have a really special book.
— Pipedream Comics