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Wurr page 161 by Paperiapina

Wurr is an incredible graphic novel depicting the dangerous voyage of a hellhound pack evicted from their territory, from their homeland the 'crater' into the mysterious land of the enemy, the dogs. It teaches us the way of the hellhounds so closely the readers starts to feel like part of the pack. And just when we start to understand the hounds, we are faced with the whole new alien world of the dogs.

The story is filled to the brim with typical 'human' problems transferred to the hellhounds and dogs: Two enemy countries where prejudices about the unknown strangers flourish and history is written by the winners, a class society where low-bloded hellhounds are not allowed to reproduce, disabled hellhounds (crippled), mental illness (gateguard), eviction from the side of the 'loosers' and if you want to take it that far, you could even see 'black touch' as a metaphor for environmental pollution.

Despite that, the story does not lack it's funny moments and is so absolutely gripping you can't put it down. The well used perspectives adds further to the tension. The action scenes are drawn incredibly dynamic. The author knows exactly how much background to use when, how big (or how small) the content of the panel has to be, and how much of the scene to show us to create the biggest impact. The abstracted way of drawing used for history and tales told are a great way to differentiate the different levels of storylines and help us understand the complex story.

The story is fully grayscale, but this is totally fitting with the storyline and allows more room for the graphic details. This story does not need colour, no, colour would rather take away some of its severity.

And then there is the hellhounds themselves. Each of the hellhounds has his own unique appearance, character and set of abilities (and/or disabilities). There is the fierceness of Surama, the thoughtfulness of Crippled, and Iralbe who does not have eyes in her face but on her tongue and can see in the dark (I loved how this was made visible for us, how her 'vision' is different), to name just a few.

The great facial expressions and body language are used to express their emotions and make us feel with them (I didn't think I could cry with a hellhound for his lost siblings before I read 'Wurr'). The author uses the set of expressions and body language so well, she can make the 'normal' dogs look more evil than the 'deformed' hellhounds.

The only bad thing about 'Wurr' is, that it leaves me without any suggestions for improvement.
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