Creatures Of The Night

December 6, 2004 | Comics


Creatures Of The Night
Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli
Dark Horse Books
$12.95 US (hardcover)
**** (out of five)

Creatures Of The Night contains two dark, poetic and visceral tales of magic and mystery that are haunting and beautiful. Yep, Neil Gaiman is back writing comics.
Gaiman, best known as the creator of The Sandman, along with artist Michael Zulli, weaves together something special with the first story, The Price.
After the owner of a country home takes in another stray into his home full of cats, he is mystified to find the large black feline covered in wounds every morning when he gets up. Determined to find out what has been harming his new friend, the owner stakes out his property one night. But the startling truth of what the cat has been battling is worse than the man could have ever imagined.
The second tale sees a girl who was abandoned as a baby and labeled as cursed for being The Daughter Of The Owls, is forced into a dilapidated convent where she is to remain for life. But years later, as she lives alone in the convent, the men in the nearby town hear of her great beauty and come for an ill-willed visit. What will owls do when their daughter is threatened?
Creatures Of The Night, Gaiman’s second comic book project in as many years after last fall’s The Sandman: Endless Nights, is pure pleasure. Now if only he could be convinced to get back on a monthly series.

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