One of the many perks of going to ClexaCon is the ability to check out everything on the vendor floor. I tried my best to keep an eye out for books and comics and this particular comic was gifted to me by someone who loved Foley’s work. I am so glad that they did because The Widow and The Wolf was a fantastic read. Balancing beautiful art with a story like none I’d read before this comic was perfect.
The Widow and The Wolf opens with a group of Vikings heading out to sea and while they are strong fighters, they are attacked once the come ashore. During this attack Fen is the only survivor and she is found by the noble woman, Eleanor. As she recovers from her injuries, Fen begins to have strange dreams of the attack that she doesn’t completely understand. Eleanor is contending with her own issues after the party that attacked Fen tries to go after her and their leader doesn’t care what he has to do in order to get Eleanor to be his wife. The story focuses on these two women, their growing relationship, and the men trying to tear them apart.
I loved that Fen was a masculine presenting woman in this story. She dresses like all of the other Vikings and she is a strong and capable fighter. When she is injured Eleanor falls for her and there are some beautifully done scenes between the two of them. In the final pages of the comic when everything comes to a head I was captivated by the art as well as the appearance of Eleanor in such a strong position. The Widow and The Wolf is a wonderful read and if you have a chance to check it out and any of Foley’s art you absolutely should.
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