Damn, I never know how to begin these things. Maybe if I had a fully functional brain right now, that wasn’t hopped up on cookie dough and Monster energy drinks, this would be easier. I guess I should just dive into it and do our review of Marada the She Wolf. Trog got this fromTitan a couple weeks ago, but since he’s already got a pretty full plate of books to review, he passed it over to me. Honestly, I enjoyed it. The book contains three adventure stories of Marada, and her young companion Arianrhod (not really sure how to pronounce that), written by Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men) and illustrated by John Bolton (Books of Magic).
Marada was first published in March of 1984, as part of Marvel’s Epic Illustrated (from what I read it was something similar to Heavy Metal). Her stories take place during the first century AD, as Rome is switching over from a Republic to an Imperium. She also happens to be Julius Caesars’ grand daughter, and kind of a wild child.
There is a good mix of both fantasy and history in these books. There’s magic, wizards, demons, tentacle portals and other fun stuff. Plus, you get Marada, a silver haired princess, usually jaunting around in some skimpy outfits… fighting all that stuff. Anyhow, the thing that most impressed me was the art work. It was beautifully illustrated, and I couldn’t help being reminded of Alex Raymond’s work on Flash Gordon. It just had a nice “classic” feel to it.
If you get a chance, I recommend you check it out (go here). Like I said above, there’s three stories in the book. I wouldn’t mind seeing more if there are any. That’s all I for this week. Hopefully I’ll be back with another review next week. Until then, later!