Count Crowley Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by David Dastmalchian
Art by Lukas Ketner
Colors by Lauren Affe
Letters by Frank Cvetkovic
The Rundown: Jerri Butler will drink herself into a new job and a one way ticket to darkness.
Jerri is not doing well in her job as a local reporter. It doesn’t help that she went a little too hard on the cheap wine she finds hidden at the local renaissance fair she’s been sent to cover by her boss and older brother. When the human interest interview she was sent for goes off the rails, Jerri finds herself without a job.
When her brother offers her another chance, things get really interesting.
Jerri is given the opportunity to take over for the late night horror movie host who’s gone missing. As the new “Count Crowley”, Jerri downs a little liquid courage and decides to give her new gig a makeover. With the limited success she now has as host, she’s going to quickly discover that there are unknown responsibilities she didn’t count on, including the werewolf who attacks her in the parking lot.
The Story: This is a fun take on the classic monster story. David Dastmalchian does a great job of establishing the characters and the conflict early so that he can have fun with the narrative and the plotting. Jerri is flawed and funny and her taking on the Crowley persona is going to give her the story of the century, if she can stay sober enough to report it. The conflicts between Jerri and the people in her life play out well and the end of this issue made me want to see what happens next for the character and the world they inhabit.
The Art: Lukas Ketner offers some great visuals throughout the issue and the character designs are full of expression.