Feeding Ground is an interesting werewolf story that does not rely on established tropes. This story is about a poor family facing hardships of life along the Mexican border and the monsters they face, both human and werewolf.
All of the numerous plot lines can be traced back to the Busqueda family. The father is off to help workers get into the U.S. to get better jobs for their families. The mother holds the family together in their absence and the uncle provides some muscle and support when trouble comes calling–at least in human form.
In the beginning of the issue #1, we saw the daughter of the family abducted by a werewolf only to return a few pages later with blood all over her hands. The story still has not revealed whether she has been turned into a monster herself, so the family likely has a ticking time bomb living with them. They might have had more time to investigate what happened if their lives were not already in such turmoil with all of their other issues.
Artists Lapinski and Mangun capture the feel of the Southwest with a muted color palette. The figure drawing itself is very lifelike and the combination of the color with the realistic look makes the book feel like a collection of old Polaroid photos. Surprisingly, the action scenes still feel very dynamic. And there is plenty of wacky horror action to be found in the first two issues of this story!
The scenes felt a bit choppy, though, and I had a bit of difficulty keeping up with all of the characters. Only a few of the characters were on the page long enough to let their individual qualities show through and this made the moments of character progression feel rushed. There is a tense action scene near the beginning of this issue that fell a little flat only because I didn’t know the character’s struggle enough. I saw glimpses of him in the first issue, but by issue #2 he had already made a big change in his behavior. The reality of small press comics indicates that the creators probably would not have enough time to let all of these characters evolve slowly, so they may need to streamline a bit for a six issue mini-series.
This is a good book and worth flipping through in your store. I’m definitely interested enough to read the rest of the series to see what happens.