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"An electrifying account of black ops, black dogs and weaponised folklore that is unlike anything you've ever seen. Best in show." -Alan Moore"A joy to read." -The GuardianMeet Lou: a street musician savaged by a supernatural terror.Meet Lou: crossing war-torn Afghanistan with a unit of shapeshifting soldiers.Meet Lou: a monstress held captive by the rogue beast she was se"An electrifying account of black ops, black dogs and weaponised folklore that is unlike anything you've ever seen. Best in show." -Alan Moore"A joy to read." -The GuardianMeet Lou: a street musician savaged by a supernatural terror.Meet Lou: crossing war-torn Afghanistan with a unit of shapeshifting soldiers.Meet Lou: a monstress held captive by the rogue beast she was sent to kill.Cry Havoc interweaves three stages of a remarkable life into a critically-exalted saga of military, myth and mania.Simon Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, Marvel Zombies, Doctor Who) and Ryan Kelly (Local, Northlanders, Saucer Country) collaborate with multiple superstar colorists Nick Filardi, Lee Loughridge & Matt Wilson to push the envelope of comicbook storytelling in an unprecedented, monstrous direction. This is not the tale of a lesbian werewolf going to war. Except it kind of is."Sharp, compulsive, human, edgy. Wow. We're sold." -The Quietus"Flawless." -The Nerdist"Structurally ambitious, the intelligence and artistry of this creative team brings depth and sophistication to an attention-grabbing hook." -A.V. ClubCollecting: Cry Havoc 1-6...

Title : Cry Havoc, Vol. 1: Mything in Action
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ISBN : 9781632158338
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Cry Havoc, Vol. 1: Mything in Action Reviews

  • Jan Philipzig
    2018-10-06 23:56

    Apocalypse Now… with Werewolves!Street musician gets bitten by werewolf, struggles with the monster inside, strikes a desperate deal with a shady black ops organization, finds herself on a secret mission to take down a mysterious rogue operative in Afghanistan: the horror… the horror...I initially liked this first volume of Cry Havoc quite a bit: Apocalypse Now with a werewolf twist, I thought—what’s not to like? Hell, I even felt there was potential for some kind of clever commentary on the rapid rise of fascism in America and many other parts of the world.Unfortunately, the story turns out to be much more concerned with being saucy and self-aware than with its own characters and themes. To make things worse, it tries painfully hard to make up for this lack of substance with flashy, excessively fractured storytelling.Too bad. I mean, Spurrier's writing is pretty sharp and witty in places, and with a little more coherence and depth and actual heart in place of all that empty bravado, I think this could have been lots of fun.

  • Michelle Hart
    2018-09-23 18:51

    fuck this noise. i'm tired. so far this week i've seen my favorite show kill one of its beloved lesbian characters. i've read a scifi series about a lesbian police commander who is really just a shapeshifter that used to be a man. and now i've read a fantasy book about a lesbian werewolf who becomes impregnated when she has sex (willingly) with a man. fuck this noise.i'm tired.

  • James DeSantis
    2018-10-12 21:50

    So this is a story about werewolfs...I guess? Like it's more about people with glowing werewolf naruto looking creatures verses real world problems. This is a odd series that tries to combine three different stories into one. The start, the middle, and the end. It's telling them all at the same time while filling in the blanks as it goes. So we go from a girl in a city dealing with her relationship, to her being with special ops in Iraq (or something similar) to her dealing with some psycho women hellbent on destroying the world (I think) and it's...well's weird. Good: Some of the art was just wonderful. Also I enjoyed the relationship with the two main characters because it felt real. The intriguing premises also got me to read this. Bad: The pacing was wacky and off. The storytelling device was interesting but ultimately failed. The ending was pretty horrible and the confusing storytelling did not help at all. Also the character design could have been better, sometimes didn't know who was who. Overall this was a interesting idea but it failed to live up to the IDEA of it. So for that I'll have to go with a 2 out of 5.

  • Craig
    2018-10-21 16:54

    Very promising new series. A lesbian werewolf ("barghest," technically) joins a black ops squad made up of other mythical creatures to take down a rogue operative in the Afghanistan desert. This rogue just happens to be another werewolf-type creature trying to create some sort of safe haven for all sorts of creatures. Then there's the black ops organization, In Hand, which has its own secret agenda. And all of it told out of sequence, moving between three different time periods. You certainly can't fault Simon Spurrier for lack of ambition. It's amazing this works as well as it does. The artwork by Ryan Kelly is a standout, most of the time (there are a few sequences that are a bit hard to follow, though that may be a result of Spurrier's reach exceeding his grasp) and this tale of mythic creatures, military operatives, and secret agendas is pretty remarkable. Though the story seems pretty well wrapped up in this first volume, I'll certainly be interested to see where things might go next.

  • Chad
    2018-10-19 17:40

    Lou is a lesbian street musician who is bitten by a werewolf. She meets up with a group that helps her suppress her wolf side. In return she must travel to Afghanistan with a team of mythical beings to hunt down a rogue agent. Told in three different time periods with a different colorist for each one so you can differentiate between them. Si Spurrier has a biting wit that shines in the dialogue. He really knows how to write some snappy patter. Hopefully, we'll see more of Lou in the future.

  • Eleni (OverThePlace)
    2018-10-06 18:49

    FANTASTIC ARTWORK. It's about myths and tales, it's dark and bloody. It's a more violent and mystical approach to 'Fables'. I read through it while listening to Celtic fantasy music and it was awesome and eery.

  • Tori
    2018-10-06 15:47

    "Endings are how stories make love. It is a privilege to choose one's own.""As she pelts her lover with news of her infidelity, and announces the betrayal of her own supposedly rigid sexuality, remember that Lou's real target here is herself. Devastating those who love you is one of the most comprehensive forms of self-harm there is." (author Simon Spurrier on Lou cheating on her girlfriend with a man)I honestly love this story and this element of infidelity fits well with the characters and plot and I like the way it's treated, because it's not glorified at all. What I have a big fucking problem with is the fact that Lou is bisexual and both she and the author label her as basically lesbian with exceptions. Being a woman who vastly prefers women but still is attracted to and sometimes sleeps with men IS BISEXUAL! this decision to describe this character, whose (limited) attraction to men is an integral part of the story, as lesbian is a disservice to both bisexual and lesbian women and I'm pissed about it. I'm so disappointed because if not for this element of it this would be the perfect story for me. I feel bad giving it 3 stars because I loved everything else about it so much but damn I'm tired of the lesbian being portrayed as gay ~until the exception comes along~BEYOND THAT THOUGH, WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT PORTRAYAL OF MODERN MYTHS. it's gross and freaky and AWESOME and honestly the author's notes at the end with the tidbits of extra info he's learned in his research were some of my favourite parts overall. Also this story made me want to learn more about hyenas, I love hyenas now.

  • Chris Lemmerman
    2018-10-22 19:44

    [Read as single issues]Simon Spurrier is insane, and I love it. This story follows Lou, a young woman who ends up impregnated with the spirit of the 21st century zeitgest, fighting a battle against a separatist fugitive, aided by a crew of supernatural soldiers. If that sounds bonkers, that's because it is. And it is glorious.The artwork is all by Ryan Kelly, but coloured by Nick Filardi, Lee Loughridge, and Matt Wilson depending on the time period that the story is taking place in. It's not all told chronologically, but by the time all 6 issues are finished, the story has come full circle and filled in most of the gaps.Spurrier's dialogue is always sarcastic and cutting to the point of drawing blood, and his analysis of the involved mythology (which I hope is included in the trade, since it was in the single issues and it's only a few extra pages) is especially good. Like Monstress before it, this book gets better on repeat readings, as you piece together everything that's happened to Lou and how it's going to affect her moving forward. The book itself even says 'For more information, re-read comic.' and you'll want to re-read this one, trust me.

  • Becky
    2018-09-27 16:44

    I mean...For starters you can take you, "I'm not really gay, I mean, not like that" bullshit and shove it up your ass. Not one but two characters, man. Like... fuck you.IDK. I really liked it when it started. I didn't like what it turned out to be. I mean... I can get behind the revelation. One side wanted to make the weird gone and the other side wanted to make the weird the new normal, and both sides were wrong. And it could have been really cool if it had been able to draw the connection all the day through to her sexuality and actually use the term "bisexual," but it didn't. I guess I just feel like it was setting up for something with a lot of depth, and in the end there was a clearly spelled out moral that left the whole thing feeling very shallow. If you're going to be working that closely and that carefully with myths, maybe let the story actually be... mythic?

  • ashley (saidthestory)
    2018-09-21 22:46

    "Endings are how stories make love"

  • The Queen of Your Dreams!
    2018-10-12 21:58

    Creo que si lo leo será por la estética y el amor al arte. El nombre Havoc me llamó la atención (Sisi, por Fullmetal).Edit:Muy buenos colores, el lobo excelente. La pareja lesbiana me gustó a pesar de todo, en una escena donde están como soldados norteamericanos me recordó a una serie británica que veía, Our Girl.

  • Alex Sarll
    2018-10-09 23:46

    "It's not about a lesbian werewolf going to war. Except it kind of is." Do bear that caveat in mind, though, and remember that to the best of my knowledge Si Spurrier has never told a story without an unreliable narrator, a bastard of a sting in the tail, or both. Ryan Kelly gets the whole bloody, grotty, ingenious, fantastical mess down on the page, abetted by three colourists who do a brilliant job of keeping the story's three timelines distinct and appropriately mooded. So if it's not about a lesbian werewolf (and it really isn't, though that's a mistake made in-story too), then what is it about? Relationships, to a surprising extent, and the way two people with different flawed coping strategies struggle to rub along. Stories, and how humans use them, and how they're used against us. Gentrification, or to call it by an older name, control. You know, all the big stuff. Plus, some of the more outlandish researches into folklore which underpin it all are explained in the delightful backmatter, which is a great boon, because I know my obscure critters better than most but some of these beauties were new ones even on me. Excellent work by all concerned.

  • Connor
    2018-10-06 21:44

    A solid read. The imagery and the visual style was much stronger than the plot in my opinion but super enjoyable.

  • Alemanita
    2018-10-19 20:04

    Muy inesperado e interesante. ¡Muchas gracias a @LemomMultiverse por el regalo! Sí, ha caído hoy. Nunca es tarde si La Pila es buena... ;)

  • Ran
    2018-10-19 17:04

    Let it be known this is why you shouldn't be seduced by cover art. The actual storytelling could be entirely overrated.

  • Tiffosaurus
    2018-10-21 15:52

    discontinued. the characters and the story are infuriating.

  • Justine Johnson
    2018-10-01 21:05

    Couldn’t get into this. Spent most of it not sure what was going on. It jumped back and forth in time as a way to tell the story, but I thought it was confusing. The art was nice though!

  • Izzy Klinghammer
    2018-10-17 18:58

    Spoiler Details in this post, please take notice before reading.The long and short of it: Lou is a London street musician whom struggles with making money, issues with depression, and maintaining a balance in her relationship with her girlfriend (who is a zoo keeper; fun fact and a little bit prophetic). After being attacked by something she describes as a werewolf, she struggles to maintain control or awareness as this creature comes out to feed. She receives guidance from a private organization which, in return for helping her and possibly completely eradicating her 'problem', ships her off the Afghanistan with others like her to track down a rogue commander from their group.The story itself is presented in a random progression - her past life from before, her start in Afghanistan, and interaction with the lead baddie in the now - but its overall composition for the story is excellent given our narrator and principal character. Lou is a 20-30 something who puts in some meh-level effort into being a busking musician and full time girlfriend. Her struggles are relatable if not clichéd - she mocks hipsters and millennials while simultaneously embodying the very traits paraded about in front of sneering seniors on most news networks. Nothing seems to go well and her efforts fall short many times. Kind of a cross between 'I'm not worthy' and 'I don't want to work too hard for it'. But what I didn't find too thrilling or inspiring about her character prior to her demon/spirit encounter, her reactions to the world she is dragged into - claws, teeth, and all - is genuine and realistic. Most civilians on a good day and with the most awareness are not able to handle the day-to-day of combat and soldier life; why would this be easier on a woman barely able to keep a raging beast inside her without copious amounts of medication? (That's a recurring many...)The main 'bad guy' is Lynn Odell and she talks like most RPG main bad guys do -- long, winding, lots of words, lots of self-aggrandizing speeches, and bleak commentary on life and/or the lack thereof. She uses the word 'cage' so many times, I jokingly started keeping tally marks on a notepad only to realize it was actually gaining groundspeed. Her intention is standard - superiority, control through chaos - then goes well into the territory of common-place horror movie villain with a nice dollop of fanaticism to round out a rather blasé 'bad guy'. I wanted to say props to the writers for the 'ah ha I was right' moment Lynn has at the end of this volume but it was so visible from about 12 pages away, it wasn't that ingenious after all and came out kind of flat.The story itself is metaphor heavy. Lynn takes up 90% of the metaphors in speech while the characters around Lou suck up the last 5%...there's a lot in that 5% too. There are lots of meanings and answers wrapped up in prolonged monologues and glib speech provided by both the good and bad guys. It feels almost like no one has anyone to talk to so when newbie Lou shows up, everyone wants to talk her ear off. Even the most solitary character gives a speech about their past life at one point. Sadly, rather than being beautiful, inspiring, or prophetic, it felt more like the teacher finally said they had 30 seconds to use the microphone and their work of poetry came out like a haiku spoken in a rush. And most of the dialogue seems to be purposely filling out empty space around the massive cobweb of lies and poorly constructed truths most of the surrounding characters shoulder uncomfortably. There's a lot of distrust, lies, coercion, and hypocrisy going on between the 'good guys' and 'bad guys' so it's hard to really be shocked when things go wrong or there's a twist.There's a decent attempt to touch on depression and medication, 'getting yourself right' - not taking your meds is bad, hiding behind your meds is wrong, you must fight depression with many weapons. The 'accept yourself for yourself' message is sweet but ultimately reads like a poster in a psychologist's office - some people will find it supportive and inspirational, others will roll their eyes and think it's placating instead of helping. I fell between those two groups.This is my second time with Simon Spurrier's writing style and it hasn't 100% won me over. As I said above, it felt almost like I was reading through prolonged NPC or cocky boss fight dialogue from a RPG. There's so much detail in such length at times that it seems word heavy for the sake of it rather than for the effect and delivery. The movement of the story, through a disconnected time line, did come off well - I was able to keep up, didn't get lost jumping from way back to the present then scooting back to the most recent past. I did really appreciate the voicemail from Lou's girlfriend trying to talk to her about depression and being supportive; that was the perfect length with an effective use of simple words and the least amount of metaphors. And I think that's what bogged down the writing the most - number of words and number of metaphors. If the effect was to make the villain look more/sound more villainous and delusional, it can be done with much less words. It doesn't take a chapter from Dickens to prove that Lynn was well into psychosis and insanity by the time Lou showed up.Now, for the art. Because there's a lot going on there and it's rather beautiful.Ryan Kelly worked with several colorists, three of whom specifically worked in specific sections of the graphic novel. His line work is consistent and clean, very beautifully done. The line and shape of the characters does not provide immediate giveaways for their personalities and actions (leave that to the dialogue). There are subtle shifts in the lines as we go from each new area but it compliments the prior and later art wonderfully. The color is beautiful with each area/location in the story having a similar palette and all of the colors coinciding with actions well. There are muted earthy colors for the girlfriend and interactions with her, shades of blue with orange accents for Lou herself, violent reds and rich lush warm tones for the 'bad guys' and scary situations -- the colorists use Kelly's lines to their advantage and the effect comes of excellently."Cry Havoc" has a lot of potential going forward. While I'm not initially blown away by the story line, the mythology it creates along with the human to creature interaction is unusual. I wish we could have spent more time between Lou and her own personal demon, witnessing more of her interactions with this thing lumbering inside of her verses speech after speech by others. This is volume one so further issues exist; I will most likely take up reading them at some point to see how this progresses but if it continues with the same word heavy runaround, I don't think I'll read much further.

  • Ben
    2018-10-21 19:55

    Another of Si Spurrier's ruminations on myth and storytelling. I didn't enjoy it as much as Six Gun Gorilla and it has its problems, but there's still plenty to like about it. There's some great character moments, although reducing it to 'a lesbian werewolf story' is very problematic, misleading and undermines this. The art work is visceral and fantastic, particularly the single covers and the colour coding of the different time periods (cleverly demonstrated on the trade cover) with some excellent big reveals. That said, the story has some big ideas that it struggles to fully get across and parts of it can cause that, and the artwork, to become a bit confusing. I read it as singles though and each had a fascinating glossary of the mythological creatures featured and their origins which I really enjoyed, but I'm not sure if the trade has that. If you're coming to it expecting an LGBT werewolf story, you will almost certainly be disappointed/offended, but if you want an occasionally confusing story about the nature of stories, featuring a girl who self destructs spectacularly and a shit ton of monsters from every cultures' folktales, then there's something for you here.

  • Spunkeydoodle
    2018-09-28 17:46

    What a hot mess. Unfortunately this is one of those comics that has too many ideas crammed into one comic. I found annotations in the back of this volume to explain the "symbolism" and folklore used. Not a good sign when you have explain to the reader what you just wrote. I shouldn't need to read it to find out and I really was just too done to bother.Though it had an interesting premise, it fails to deliver any fleshed out characters or plot points. Frankly I still don't know what I just read. The dialogue is pretentious. It tries so hard to be deep and thought provoking but ends up a jumbled mess. The four converging timelines weren't as cool as they were confusing.

  • Rod Brown
    2018-10-15 23:49

    A lot of academic work and research went into this, as is evident from the extensive endnotes, and that is admirable. Unfortunately, the story is a dreary rehash of Heart of Darkness with awful people doing awful things to each other. The warthog character is the only one that approaches fun and only accomplishes that by being incredibly offensive and foul.

  • Meagan
    2018-10-15 16:56

    I really loved the idea of this story and I loved how the story was told in past and present simultaneously. It was definitely a cool narrative effect and gave you all the right info at the right time. However I really want to give this comic another shot in later episodes because it definitely seemed more like a strong start than a complete stand alone. Definitely super promising, especially with all the routes they can take in the future.

  • April
    2018-10-04 22:43

    Liked it so much I'll give it a pass for the weird pregnancy story.

  • Cale
    2018-10-06 17:40

    I picked up this volume knowing nothing about it. I put it back down knowing very little more.That's a little disingenuous - there's a fairly clear story as our protagonist Lou stumbles through a story about beast people. Except it's all wrapped up in a battle between the Zeitgeist and folklore, and high-minded lectures on the effect of belief on the world, and honestly a pretentious level of metatextual interpretations and innuendos (the collected version has a 10-page list of annotations) that surround what is ultimately a fairly basic story about beast people (although it manages to put beast people in Afghanistan, which is only a little horrifying). Lou makes for a decent protagonist, even if the story seems to be happening to her, rather than she being actively involved in it (until the very end at least). And the antagonist's role here basically seems to be to lecture endlessly on belief and zeitgeist and occasionally doing obnoxious things. The three interwoven timelines are at least easily recognized by the work of the three different colorists, and some of the art is horrifying in its detail. But ultimately, I left this book feeling like it was trying too hard to elevate its basic concept, and didn't succeed.

  • Kay
    2018-10-12 18:03

    I'm going to keep this review short because I'm not interested in wasting more time on this book. Firstly, when are cishet men going to realize us queer women aren't going to jump into a dude's pants simply because we're mad at our girlfriend? In other words, stop writing your simple asses into our narrative. Secondly, there was hardly any character development which makes no sense considering how many characters were involved and how long the book is. This was my main problem with the book. Granted Lou was somewhat fleshed out but what about the villain? What about Lou's team? The former was there for a hot second while the latter felt like "diversity for slaughter" tokens so the author can have a pass with racial slurs. And finally, what was up with the pacing? It felt like I was reading three stories at once. That isn't innately bad but only when the author uses good transitions. Some were better than others but most felt rushed. I swear, man... it's always the impotent ones who be on our junks so hard. So yeah... I think it's pretty obvious I didn't like "Cry Havoc, Vol. 1" lol. The art was the best part but it's not worth investing time. Especially if you're reading for queer representation; turn back now lol.

  • Jasmine
    2018-10-02 18:45

    This is a really good book. I'm not really sure I enjoyed it? But oh man even through my skeptical look I can see the marvelous technical skill that went into this. Interweaving three timelines managed by unreliable narrators who don't know they're unreliable, different colourists to keep track of the timelines, dialogue and characterization on point from the very beginning -- two lines and I felt like I knew people-- and an incredibly gutsy premise involving myth, war and zeitgeist. A technical tour de force. Just also very bloody and I'm not sure I want to buy what it's selling re: story and identity.

  • Joey
    2018-09-30 18:01

    I feel guilty in giving this two stars. For the genre, this book is probably fantastic and it certainly isn't the book's fault that I failed to notice the listed genre before buying, but I hate horror. Did not enjoy this volume at all, but again, that is more personal dislike for the genre and not a knock on the author. The three stories in one was clever and flowed well, if I liked horror, volume two would be on my list, but given my aversion, this is as far as I'll go.

  • Zach Zurkowsky-Simpson
    2018-10-15 20:36

    It took a little bit for me to get into it, found it a bit confusing with all the flash backs but once I got into it, I really got into it. This was such a wild, crazy ride of a first arc and I loved it!

  • AC
    2018-10-09 23:50

    this was trash and i deserve to be compensated for the time i wasted reading it

  • Lukas Holmes
    2018-09-24 18:38

    Fairly interesting. I think there may have been some editing that cut the story down on size that led to some corner cut, but overall really ambitious.