‘Namwolf (a review)

Heather Veley
5 min readJul 31, 2020

Due to our current political climate, I guess I could post some superficial hot take about comics to get clicks and superficial outrage. Then I could use those 15 minutes of fame to start a career, in what would usually take years to work up to, where I’ll inevitably burnout. Or get a decent desk job, either or.

……….Nah. I’ll leave that to Twitter and CBR. Let’s talk about werewolves!

‘Namwolf is a four-issue series published in 2017 by Albatross Funnybooks. It was written by Fabian Rangel Jr., known for Doc Unknown (lol) and Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack, with art by Logan Faerber, known for Oh, Killstrike. This was another comic I checked out due to a good review by Just Some Guy along with Soulfinder. I don’t want to spoil my opinion of a comic too early but I’m happy to report that he was correct in his analysis. And now you’re reading this!

So, here’s the story.

Marty Spencer is drafted to fight in Vietnam and is absolutely not prepared for it. He starts to settle in with his troop but they are ambushed on their first night, encouraging start. Things are not looking so good until Marty starts to feel a burning pain deep inside. His teeth grow larger, his eyes glow red. Before anyone can figure out what’s going on, he transforms into a werewolf. He quickly wastes the Viet-Cong soldiers, saves his troop, then promptly passes out only to be woken up by his troop pointing guns at him.

While they keep him under lock and key, Marty reads a letter from his father. It explains that he is the latest to fall under the family curse where every man who serves in combat transforms into an ass-kicking warrior monster.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “why didn’t his father tell him this beforehand so his son wouldn’t go to war?” Well first, draft. And second, not long after the first transformation, the military thinks to themselves “hey, why don’t we pump this monster full of drugs and brainwash him to be America’s lap dog?” (Spoilers, it…