Volume 1

Book - 2013
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The tale of William Tell has never been rendered this beautifully as in Mitsuhisa Kuji's stunning debut work Wolfsmund, where a fortified barrier-station torments the Swiss Alliance murdering all who stand against it, until William and his son attempt to defy it. A fascinating reimagining of a European legend, Wolfsmund is a retelling of the William Tell legend with a focus on an actual landmark in the Uri district of Switzerland, the Devil's Bridge at St. Gotthard Pass. Filled with action, politics and drama, it has all the makings of The Game of Thrones, including its share of bloodbaths, but told through a historical fiction perspective.
Publisher: New York :, Vertical,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781935654759
Characteristics: 188 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Ransom, Ko - Translator


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Dec 08, 2015

Beautifully graphic, this is a fine combination of action meets history, but with brutal tragedies in the mix. Not for the sensitive or weak-hearted folks, as there's a good amount of blood and gratuitous deaths. What I love amidst all of this is how the author takes the time to flesh out the characters and their stories, no matter how temporary or short-lived they are. It really draws you into the story!

forbesrachel Jun 22, 2014

Brutal in its execution! At the beginning we are made to think that this is story with characters as its focus, only to be shocked by the truth. This is a story of a place, an impenetrable passage in Switzerland known as Wolfsmund. Each episode features a different set of characters, whom we are made to feel for, as they attempt to get past. Whether through forgery, crossing the lake, or lying, all fail to make it past the eyes of Wolfsmund's guard dog, Wolfram. Only this undeceivable man, and an unnamed woman who witnesses these tragedies, are constants throughout. Both Wolfram and the woman are quite mysterious, but in different ways. While he takes delight in his uncanny ability to detect deceit, she gives off a subtle feeling that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Mitsuhisa likes to use close-ups, putting a cruel reality, and the emotions of his characters, up front and center. Skirmishes are violent, and fast-paced with an overdose of speedlines that work well with the lined shading of the artwork. Most objects, and characters are highly detailed. Be-headings and nudity, mean this title is only appropriate for those 18 and older.

With plenty of fights, the first volume is finished all too quickly, and with no answers. Wolfsmund is one of the precious few examples of manga that look beyond Japanese history, not to mention that Swiss and Austrian history is rarely mentioned in the West. For this region, this was a dark period, and the mangaka effectively conveys this through both his writing and art. Now we just have to wait for a "hero" to appear.


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