Red and Coffey approach the mysterious old woman. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go very well at first. People are set on fire, rockets are shot, but the Duchess helps to straighten things out. The group know they must deal with the Adlin weapons manufacturing facility nearby.
Meanwhile, Adlin tries to learn more of the giant talking wolf they currently hold.
Coyotes is a fast-paced and high-flying fusion of Latin American spiritualism, naturalistic myth-making, and a touch of Grimm Fairy Tales for good measure. It wears its inspirations on its sleeves, and it brings them altogether in a violent yet charming mythos.
Its characters are fun and unique, and they help keep the story charming and compelling. Red is a beleaguered yet eager heroine. Coffey is a well-meaning police officer hopelessly out his depth. The old sorceresses are a lot of fun, too — they swear, they’re grumpy but fast-moving, and they are very bitter despite trying to fight for the preservation of nature.
The main dilemma that arises is that its breakneck approach to its pacing can leave the reader a little lost at times. It moves forward very quickly, jumping from setting to setting with its big ideas and general mysticism. While that is one of the things that gives Coyotes its energy, it could slow down and catch its breath a little more from time to time.
It doesn’t explain itself all that well at times, either. You’re left a little unsure of the motivations of some of the characters and why they’re here. The old mystic women are especially enigmatic, and they just seem to go along with Red and Coffey once the Duchess shows up.
The backup story about Sampson and Rothschild backup story is absorbing and unnerving too.
The art from Caitlin Yarsky has a lot of energy and charm of its own. It’s a highly stylized format which gives the characters distinct body shapes and details. It works very well in this nutty environment full of giant wolves and cussing old mystics. It can also ground itself well at times, knowing when the scene is more serious than others.
Coyotes is a charming and fast-moving read. Its characters and world are very unique, and it stays engaging in spite of its flaws. The art brings a lot of personality and energy of its own, and I recommend the comic. Give it a try.
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