I was considering writing a cheesy opening liner for this article. As much I love doing that, with all the complex questions on the continuation of life, death, suffering, and evil that take place in Ver’s Wolvendaughter, I just want to discuss my main takeaways from this great comic. Because this is a story that I’m even struggling to fully grasp after reading it a few times. But I think that’s why this story was made. Not just for the reader to read one time and move on.
This first edition of Wolvendaughter was written and illustrated by Ver. Eve Greenwood letters the comic and edits alongside Alex Assan. Quindrie Press publishes this piece that is full of existential crises. Anyways, the story follows a young woman, “the Daughter”, who journeys alongside a skeletal beast. The monster burns down every village the Daughter crosses, with her as the accomplice. The two come from a mysterious cult-like society that attempts to justify these atrocities.
According to the society from which this monster came, our main character is playing her part in the endless cycle of destruction and rebirth. The world as they see, “doesn’t wound and it doesn’t heal. It just continues on in endless cycles. Mindless and preserving. Always dying, and always becoming.” There are times when the Daughter looks on helplessly and there are times when she attempts to subdue the beast. Whether she is successful or not is up to you guys to find out.
Nevertheless, from the perspective of the townsfolk, the Daughter is the devil, the embodiment of evil. Yet, from ours, we see her heartfelt relationship with her sister and reluctance to carry on this murderous task. And she is not the only one that is relatable and a part of these atrocities. This leads to questioning if there can be forgiveness for these kinds of crimes. And if the result is this horrible, do intentions even matter?
On the other hand, is this task that the Daughter is carrying out a necessity and part of the circle of life, or is she being deceived by the elders of her society? In addition to this compelling narrative, Ver does a wonderful job with the illustrations in Wolvendaughter. They successfully details the visual turmoil our main character goes through as well as the destruction she and the beast cause. This all leads to a shocking revelation at the end that leaves plenty of room for sequels.
Overall, Wolvendaughter is an insightful take on recurring destruction, rebirth, culpability, and the banality of evil as our main character goes through various ethical dilemmas on her journey. This is a story that keeps the audience on their toes and guessing until the end. All the while, it becomes even more unclear if there are heroes, villains, or if everyone is a victim of a natural cycle. These are just a fraction of the questions the reader will take away from Ver’s work. So if you’re into fantasy-based comics that explore dark, introspective themes check out Wolvendaughter. And read it more than once!