Sunday, 17 April 2016
Always liked Red Wolf, ever since his first appearance way back in Roy Thomas' wonderful Avengers run. I know there's nothing particularly original about him, but I'm a sucker for Injun heroes, plus he's got a wolf called Lobo for a partner, which is nearly up there with Ka-Zar and Zabu.
Like most third-string characters, he got a shot at his own series, which sadly didn't actually last that long. Originally, we followed the first Red Wolf in the days of the Old West, but that wasn't nearly as much fun as an Indian warrior and his wolf fighting crime in the modern day, so by issue 7, we were Now! In The Holocaust Of Today!
Here in his debut, the modern day Wolfhead Warrior takes on the Mob, goes looking for buried treasure, and does his bit for the fight against pollution. Not bad for his first day on the job.
He also uses lots of Indian phrases, helpfully translating them for us along the way, something I always liked characters doing, and with his link to the previous Red Wolf, he's a bit like The Phantom really.
The script is hokey in a good way, with Gardner Fox seemingly trying to be as relevant as Denny O'Neil on Green Lantern / Green Arrow, and coming up with some hilariously quotable dialogue I'll leave you to discover for yourself, while Syd Shores & Jack Abel make a pretty good art team, with Jack smoothing out Syd's sometimes harsh line, and all in all it's a lot of fun. Plus, whenever Red Wolf's in a sticky situation, his 'ancestral voices warn him of danger'. What is that, like, a wolf sense?