“A Life for a Death!”
The fight with the hunter named Joshua Kane has left Jack Russell badly wounded. Fortunately for Jack, the madman had died in his own grizzly trophy room when a full sized taxidermized Kodiak bear fell on him. Now Jack stumbles through the hunter’s compound looking for something to stop his bullet wound from bleeding out.
Thirty minutes go by before Jack Russell finds an old medicine chest in the tack room of the nearby stables. With his wound contained, Jack’s mind returns to his sister Lissa. Joshua Kane had kidnapped her to coerce the werewolf into participating in the madman’s big game hunt. As Jack returns to Joshua’s study to free his sister, he finds two men waiting for him.
One of the men sits at an old oakwood desk reading Joshua’s leather bound journal. The creepy looking man looks up at Jack, a smile crosses his face. The other, much larger man, quickly side steps behind Jack in order to block his escape from the room. Through a windowed holding cell near the tiki bar, Jack could see his sister sleeping peacefully, even though she was a prisoner. Lissa must have been drugged. Jack had no time to react as the man with the journal introduced himself as Joshua’s brother, Luther Kane. If only the full moon was in the sky, Jack would have murdered both men. Now he must listen to a proposal by a self-proclaimed scientist and blood disease expert.
Does Luther Kane really have a cure for the beginning stages of Lycanthropy? Will the Werewolf by Night play assassin in exchange for a guaranteed cure for Lissa? Why did Judson Hemp destroy the livelihood of one Luther Kane? Collect the series to find out!
Come on Jack, don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe. How could he believe Luther Kane was a legit “scientist” with a “cure” for Lycanthropy? The guy looks like half a midway carnival hack at best. And don’t get me started on the Godfather’s Pizza looking hump. Hopefully Jack learned his lesson after this issue.
I’m giving this issue four out five stars, not for the mediocre plot, but Ploog’s awesome artwork. I absolutely loved the closeup werewolf designs and the what-if dream sequence with Lissa turning into a she-wolf. Ploog was the monster maker indeed. If you find a copy, pick this one up!