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Wild’s End: Where The Wind in the Willows meets World’s End

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Wild's End: Where The Wind in the Willows meets World's EndIt all starts in a quiet town in the English countryside, when a couple of inebriated friends stumble – almost literally – on a falling star, and go investigate. Add to this a former Royal Navy man with a past, a reclusive author with a grudge, and a handful of townspeople thrown into this mix, and you have a good, old-fashioned speculative fiction tale!

Did I mention the main characters are all animals? And that the series is written by sci fi rock star Dan Abnett, whose Warhammer 40K novels grace any available real estate in my teenager’s room? Yeah. This is a series you need to check out.

Wild's End Issue 1 cover

Our stalwart heroes! Wild’s End Issue #1 Cover

Clive Slipaway is a gentleman canine, new to the area, and opening his own establishment. He’s the strong, silent type, but he’s obviously got some secrets – he’s retired military, after all. He shows up at a town meeting just in time for Fawkes, the town drunk and poacher, to arrive, hysterical and raving about something falling from the sky and killing his best mate. Everyone dismisses it as Fawkes’ usual drunk raving, but Clive senses true terror in Fawkes, and suggests they take a look.

Something was in that falling star, and it’s trying to take the village, War of the Worlds style. And this ragtag group of Englishmen – a pig, a dog, a fox, a cat, a rabbit, and a rodent – aim to take it on. At the same time, Ms. Peardew, a reclusive author who joins the party when the little invaders show up at her door, seems to have more information than she realizes about the situation.

Every issue ends with some added content – newspaper clippings, journal scribblings, magazine articles – that add to the story. Can you figure out what’s really happening here?

This title is too much fun. Abnett constructs a fun sci-fi romp that works on an old-school level. It’s fun, it’s wild, and I.N.J. Culbard, whose art you may know from H.P. Lovecraft’s In the Mountains of Madness, makes the art sinister, light, and appealing all at once. I love his artwork – I could easily see hanging up some of these panels in my fangirl cave.

This is a great title to give to tweens and teens who are one step past Geronimo Stilton. There’s a few “bastards” here and there, and references to drinking alcohol, but other than that, you’re good to go. I’d give this to my 11 year-old, no sweat.

Issue 4 comes out today, and you really do need the other three to jump on this bandwagon. I highly recommend grabbing this issue and catching up on the first three issues. Four out of five falling stars!

In the meantime, enjoy a peek at some of the artwork from the latest issue!

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WILD’S END #1-4
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99
On-Sale: December 10, 2014 (Issue #4)
Diamond ID: OCT141131

About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at http://roespot.blogspot.com, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.

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