The Wolves of St. August - Gwen's favorites
The Wolves of Saint August was first published in 994 under the Dark Horse Presents title. It was republished in the Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others in 1998 in color and with 8 more pages added (this is the version I will be referring to in the rest of the article) I received Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others one year fro Christmas, and while I loved the entire book, Wolves quickly became one of my favorite of the shorts in the book.
The Wolves of Saint August might be best known for introducing us to Doctor Katherine "Kate" Corrigan, one of Hellboy closest “normal” human friends and allies, and one of my favorite charterers in the Hellboy world.The story is a fairly typical of the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. One-off short stories, with some murder (in this case, 167 poor souls) or odd event bringing in a small group of B.P.R.D. experts to investigate, but the writing is top notch and keeps it from being a “ghoul of the week” rehash. .
I love the dialogue between Katre and Hellboy, it is exactly what you'd expect from two good friends who have known each other for years. Hellboy asking Kate to wait while he looks around, and Kate reminding him that it was HIS idea for her to do some real field works sound exactly like something me and my best friend would say ( just not about investigating supernal murders). Nothing feel rushed or forced, and even when thing go south there is never a feel of “damsel in distress” when Hellboy has to save the day. The villain is evil, binding his family in there cures form long after there deaths in their old home, but I do feel a bit of pity for him, cures from infanthood and living long years festering with his hate and resentment again the new God and all who have done him wrong and stolen his life and family form him.
The coloring in the story is fantastic, and the use of the fact the story starts in the late afternoon and goes into the dark of the night is superbly brought to life with the slow draining of the colors and tones in the world down to the last page, were the brightest color left is the red of Hellboy himself, everything else is muted and drained shades of black, gray, and blues. The last line spoken in the story is by spoken Kate and they sumped up how I felt the first time I read Wolves.. “Wow, That was something!”