Snarl is a one-shot comic that follows Detective Bevil as he encounters a homicide like no other. It seems that someone or something is using a nature reserve as hunting grounds. Everyone is a potential victim as this murdered holds no victim preference. Nobody is safe and Det. Bevil is the one man who may be able to solve the mysterious murders and disappearances in Olympia National Park.
The story is a dark tale filled with mystery and gore. The lead character is a highly focused individual that is not one to shy away from searching for clues in less conventional ways. Bevil narrates the story as he and his partner attempt to shed some light on the situation. The realm of the supernatural seems like nothing more than make-believe to Bevil, but this is where it gets interesting as this read begins to introduce mythos from the lore of the Native Americans.
Native Americans are one with nature. Their gods do not live above, but they are present in their daily lives – as they stem from the very land that they live on. This introduces a whole new aspect by bringing a new view to what seemed like an old tale. This story is well written and has a movie script feel to it. This is due to Bevil serving as a narrator throughout the story. You get that classic detective tale feel.
However, this is an enemy like no other and definitely unlike any that a Detective Bevil has ever come into contact with. Expect plenty of hacking, maiming and slashing as you page through Snarl and yes, there will be blood and plenty of it.
The art is good it has a distinct colour scheme that sets the tone. Readers will immediately know that this is a thrilling horrific tale as the colours are kept dark and gritty. The lightest colour here tends to be the blood which spews from the bodies of unexpected victims. Facial expressions are easy to follow, but you cannot help but feel that some facial detail is lost due to the dark shadows used when colouring faces. The proportions are also inconsistent at times, however, this is a minor issue that goes unnoticed with ease. A little more detail could have been added to the drawings in order to bring out a more realistic look to the characters and the perpetrators. Even though the story is a serious one, there are times where the illustrations look a bit too cartoony. A more realistic looking enemy would definitely strike fear into the reader. The illustrations have moments that just steal from this tale, moments that turn a horror into a thriller. You get a bit of a chill, but you are never truly horrified by the events taking place.
All in all this is a good read, one definitely worth a mention; Snarl gives you something that seems to be a common topic and makes it something completely unique as the writer takes us into the realm and mythologies of Native America. A culture that seemed forgotten is given its chance to show what made their people unique and that there is more to life especially when the supernatural is involved.