Every thing, from small frames to large-scale stills, are done in a unique painterly style that makes this comic stand out. The ideal of comics is that they are both visual and verbal and The Pack shows you what happens when both of those things work in perfect harmony. The author even goes to the extent of using Egyptian hieroglyphics in some speech bubbles to signify that the speaker is using a different language. It is a nice touch, adding variety and authenticity to the page. It really does feel like an Ancient Egyptian tale, pulled right off the side of a temple wall.
Beyond the visuals, the story is very straightforward. Two Nubian brothers, Khenti and Nekhet, are slave assassins in the employ of Pharaoh Akhenon, the pharaoh of the Northern kingdom. They are on assignment to kill Pharaoh Seti of the Southern kingdom, but really all Nekhet wants to do is escape back to Nubia, they are slaves after all.
The assassination of Seti goes off without a hitch, in a glorious, flowing style involving the sort of fantastic fountains and gardens for which Ancient Egypt is famous. But on the way home, something happens. The brothers are attacked by something large and ancient in the swamps and Khenti is changed. It isn’t clear at first exactly what happens. The brothers make their way back to Luxor. They are feasted as heroes, but the gilded cage continues to chafe Nekhet. So much so, that he attacks and kills Akhenon in his own tub.
Now wanted fugitives, the two brothers attempt to escape the city and meet up. But Khenti is captured and jailed. That’s when the secret of what he’s become is revealed:
What follows is a long series of fights as Khenti the werewolf makes his way out of prison and off to meet his brother. What do they get up to? Only Issue #2 will say.
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