Halloween Party: Curse of the Were-Woman

Writer: Jason M. Burns
Christopher Provencher
Colors & Letters:
Nick Deschenes
Art Direction:
Sean K. Dove
Sam Wells
Devil’s Due Publishing

Last year, Devil’s Due Publishing released a quirky little graphic novel that may not actually have any deliberate Halloween content, but nonetheless feels like a very good match for the season. Jason M. Burns and Christopher Provencher’s Curse of the Were-Woman is a romantic comedy with a Dr. Jekyll twist that feels in every way to be a treatment for a movie. Fortunately, it’s not a bad one.

Patrick Dalton is a self-proclaimed “alpha male,” the sort of guy who’s fighting his way to the top of his profession (advertising) and unapologetic about notching his bedpost with as many different women as possible on his way. Patrick’s life is pretty good, although around him things are in chaos. His best friend Andy is harried by a controlling shrew of a wife, his new across-the-hall neighbor seems to be hiding some pain behind her pretty face, and the goth girl he’s targeted as his latest conquest seems to be a bit upset when she realizes how she’s been used. Fortunately for the rest of the women in Patrick’s life, this girl seems to have a way to get a little revenge for all the girls Patrick has ever wronged.

The book pretty much writes itself from here. Tessa turns out to have some real magic in her arsenal, and Patrick is cursed by turning into a woman every night when the sun goes down, a curse that won’t be removed until he learns a little respect for the fairer sex. The weakness of this book is that it’s not at all original. From the first few pages, you can pretty much figure out exactly where every single character and plot thread is going to end up, and you’d be right about them all. Hell, most of you can probably guess how the book ends just from this synopsis. The good part is that the execution is really quite good. Burns’ script is funny, and he at least makes an effort from the beginning of the book not to make Patrick seem like he has no redeeming qualities at all. And Provencher’s artwork is really perfect for this sort of story. It’s not iconic enough to look like a cartoon, but not so realistic that it feels out of place in a comedy.

When I said the book feels like a movie treatment, I wasn’t exaggerating. The book almost perfectly follows a Hollywood movie’s three-act structure, even bringing in complications, new characters, and new plot threads exactly where you’d expect to see them on the silver screen. Assuming that Burns and Provencher have had any interest from Hollywood, this book probably would make a pretty good romcom, and it’d be better than most of them.

Rating: 7/10


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