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A few months back, I mentioned how magical characters like Constantine and Nameless don't always impress me anymore. That's why I almost passed on Wolf. I read the description, which mentions a paranormal detective, the apocalypse, and name-drops Sandman, and it felt so derivative that I almost set it aside.
I am so freaking glad that I didn't. Wolf is the real deal, and one of the hottest new takes of the genre. And I'm not just saying that because it opens with a man being lit on fire. While singing to himself.
Wolf is set in a universe where the supernatural exists, but doesn't hold a powerful or privileged place in society. Vampires rent out apartments to the children of Old Ones, while street magicians use real magic to steal from unsuspecting victims. But the most legendary of supernatural of all is Antoine Wolf, a talented magician and immortal who's lived just long enough to become accustomed to suicidal impulses. But Wolf's long life might be changing when he meets an orphaned girl tied to the apocalypse, and is hired to kill a woman by an organization willing to return the favor.
Wolf was already unique just for making its protagonist a black man, instead of another white, witty Brit. But the whole book has a wildly unique energy, merging the supernaturally sacred and absurd that pull you in for every page. I don't want to say much more for fear of giving anything away, but I strongly encourage you to read this book.
Favorite Moment: "Ain't that something. Two of us in one spot, ready to have a cataclysmic fight that will render the Earth inhospitable for the next five hundred years. 'There can be only one' and all that."