THE WOLF AMONG US
afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Well, Little Red Riding Hood and
the Three Little Pigs for starters. Or they were in their original
fairytale guises. The Wolf Among Us universe revolves
around such characters, but in another place and another time.
Imagine taking all those childhood favourites and plopping them
into a dark, violent and potty-mouthed film noir world. Or, if
imagining isn’t your strong suit, just read the back of the box to
this latest adventure from Telltale, the fine folk behind
The Walking Dead
In a very similar functional vein to those, with
various options available for dialogue or events at various points,
occasional pottering-around-looking-for-clues bits and heaps of
watching, The Wolf Among Us is based on the DC Comics
offshoot Vertigo’s Fables series of comics by Bill
Willingham. He’s a bloke who worked on more comics than we’ve space
to mention. Look him up, he’s a clever chap.
So, is the
titular wolf. He’s Bigby Wolf, and he’s the sheriff of Fabletown.
That’s a place amidst our world – or as they put it, the ‘mundane
world’ (hey, we can’t all wear snazzy red hoods and trip-trop across
bridges you know, bloody fictional snobs) - where they use things
called ‘glamours’ to appear as normal people. Well, most of them
Captivating story-wise, authentically rendered and
riddled with laugh out loud gags – like when little pig Colin,
currently homeless and crashing on Bigby’s couch, berates his host
for destroying his house. A vague knowledge of the classics from
Grimm to Lewis Carroll does kinda help.
Anyway, the key story
involves a prostitute saved from The Woodsman by Bigby, her death,
and the subsequent investigation. We won’t give away any more, other
than the obvious – and they all lived happily ever after.