Comic Book Review: Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1 by Dan Abnett
I had no real context for Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1 when I saw it on the shelf of my local comic book shop. It looked interesting, but I didn’t know what it was and so I passed until I read the description on the Comixology page that said ” its unlikely mash-up of War of the Worlds and The Wind in the Willows.” That grabbed my attention, and – having read it – I can see where it was coming from as there are aliens and British anthropomorphic animals. This issue (written by Dan Abnett and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard) is the first in a new mini-series and follows the original Wild’s End (by the same tandem and also published by BOOM!) that I was completely unaware of. The kindest thing I can say for this new volume is that I am interested in going back to visit the first volume at this point. The dialogue is sharp and reads fast. The pictures are evocative, express clear emotion and are visually interesting. The dialogue is like people talking and not people doing exposition. Each of the characters has an interesting and immediately relatable personality. The story itself is a sort of alternate history in 1930’s England (anthropomorphic animals aside) where (spoilers ahead) we follow two storylines: Two science fiction writers brought to consult on a possible alien invasion and the group that was there to witness it. And then there’s the tension that the animals could be or look like anyone, playing on a sort of Wild’s End: The Enemy Within on a lark, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m hooked by the story and want to see where it goes next. What happens to these characters as they escape their captivity and what the truth is about the aliens. This issue is exactly what it should be: A good bit of setup that introduces (or reintroduces if you, unlike me, are previously familiar with the series) the characters and the conflicts, both between the characters and within them as they start to build doubt as to who they can trust: Fellow animal and alien alike.