David Lapham’s Ferals #4
Art and Covers By: Gabriel Andrade
Colours By: Digikore Studios
Taking a much needed breather from the horrors of Dale’s life, Ferals #4 begins and ends with the pack, a group that before now we knew nearly nothing about.
In the small town of Bergen Lake County, Minnesota lives 1130 werewolves, wives, and children. The most famous and respect of which are Gerda and her scheming husband, Christopher. After discovering her sister and husbands affair, Gerda makes it her personal mission to shame her husband as deeply possible by screwing every guy she can get too and killing her ‘whore’ sister, who during the affair was with Christopher’s friend, Gunn.
In an attempt to get his wife in order, Christopher threatens her life for her actions and locks her away in order to take care of some much needed business. When Gerda’s men attack him a werewolf who is transformed takes his defence and kills them, all while Gerda makes her daring escape.
I must say, this is one of the most exciting series’ I have encountered in a very long time. Every issue is packed full with betrayal, fear, and blood-splattering action. No one is safe and the brotherhood of these wolves is still sketchy and their abilities undetermined making for a horror packed comic that keeps it’s readers and critics pleading for answers and outcomes. Such is the way of Lapham.
The plot of this issue proves very important and provides an in-your-face portrayal of how these creatures live and function. Much like many cult-esque groups, the men act as the towns saviours. The women are to clean, cook, honour their husbands, and birth their were-children, nothing more and nothing less. As a woman this aspect of the series hit a home run! I loved getting a glimpse at their lives and watching Gerda kick some major ass through out. Nothing says ‘girl power’ more than your typical housewife taking her husbands much deserved fate into her own hands and showing the other sheep that they can survive without their man’s hand.
Although Ferals #4 has answered many questions I had about this series and confirmed it’s fresh and outlandish take on werewolves, there are many things that still need answering and I for one cannot wait to see how this all turns out. (Really hoping for a Gerda and Dale team up, or something of the likes.)
As per expected, Andrade did an amazing job with the art. His style is very eye-catching, especially to those who love gore. He manages to make even the cleanest and simplest of scenes appear filthy and wrong, which gives an extremely grotesque and eerie atmosphere to the tale.
All in all, much like it’s predecessors’, Ferals #4 is a fun and freaky take on common were-lore that, when indulged by the right viewer, sends your mind spinning. There is no guessing what will happen here and that lack of predictability adds a whole lot of life to the series. Lapham and Andrade are a powerhouse duo and what they are doing with this series may very well revamp the public’s interest in werewolves.
4/5. As a horror fan, to not read this series you would only be doing yourself damage.
- Ferals Number 3 by David Lapham(comicsforge.com)