CURSE OF THE WOLF GIRL
by MARK MILLAR
Published: July 4th, 2011
trade paperback -
Kalix, a morose, laudanum-addicted, unschooled, slightly anorexic werewolf is still on the run. The youngest daughter of the thane of the MacRinnalch Clan of werewolves, held responsible unfairly for the death of the thane, and justifiably responsible for the deaths of a great many other werewolves, remains prohibited from returning to Scotland in order to maintain the uneasy peace that temporarily prevails in court, despite the endemic debauchery and degeneracy always threatening to again spiral out of control.
Frankly, things aren't much better for her in London than in Scotland, and her enemies increase in number by the day. For despite her emotional state, when she's in full werewolf effect her ferocity and utter lack of self-preservation instinct make her the most powerful of the werewolves, and consequently the one everyone is bent on destroying.
Strong as she is when enraged, it's becoming ever more dangerous to be her—rival clans are out for revenge, various paranormal beings see killing her as advancing their large underworld agenda, and the human wolf-hunters grow stronger with the assistance of ever more sophisticated surveillance software. Daniel and Moonglow, her two human friends, do what they can to keep her hidden in plain sight (who would look for a werewolf in a remedial program for high school dropouts?) and keep her fed.
Millar's a true world-creator—while Kalix is the hero, Millar populates The Curse of the Wolf Girl with a universe of characters: fashion-designing werewolves, cross-dressing werewolves, neurotic, psychotic, erotic werewolves, not to mind fairies, Fire Elementals and good ole humans—but he never lets his world slow down, instead whipping it in faster and faster revolutions with his thrilling, vertiginous rollercoaster narrative.
"Wildly imaginative, this gore-splattered yet hilarious romp is vastly entertaining."