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Comic Book / Age of the Wolf

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Age of the Wolf is a 2000 AD comic.

One day the apocalypse begins when much of humanity is turned into werewolves, who proceed to kill other humans or turn them into more of themselves. Rowan Morrigan, the last descendant of an ancient bloodline of witches, will play a major part in the fate of the world.

This comic provides examples of:

  • After the End: The comic takes place during and after a werewolf apocalypse. After the initial outbreak that turned around half of humanity into bestial lupines, werewolves eventually start to evolve into sapient beings who hunt the remaining humans to virtual extinction.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Rowan Morrigan, a redheaded witch, uses a rune sigil to keep herself (and several others) from being turned into a werewolf as a result of a wolf bite. When the sigil is finally broken when Rowan is an old woman, she eventually turns but is still able to maintain her sanity.
  • The Apunkalypse: Played for Laughs when a group of visitors from a neighbouring tribe visit the camp of a group of Neo-Nazis led by a crazy old Racist Grandma. She asks them what the hell they're supposed to be wearing, and they sheepishly admit that their own leader made the Mad Max-esque get-up mandatory.
  • Due to the Dead: Civilized werewolves bury their dead in rituals that involve Human Sacrifice.
  • Eyepatch of Power:
    • One of the female leaders of a Neo-Nazi post-apocalyptic gang is wearing a black eyepatch after half her face was burned in a fight against Rowan.
    • By the time she is an old woman, Rowan herself has lost an eye that she covers with a black eyepatch as a result of her repeated fights against werewolves.
  • The Hero Dies: In the final arc Rowan is blown up while cradling her adopted daughter as the werewolf curse that brought about the destruction of civilization is being reversed.
  • Hot Witch: The heroine Rowan Morrigan is the last descendant of an old bloodline of redheaded witches. She's pretty attractive, which gets her unwanted attention from at least one bad guy. By the time she's an old woman she's also adopted a pointed hat that makes her look even more witchlike.
  • Kill All Humans: The advanced werewolves aim to wipe out humanity and replace it with their own kind. This involves sacrificing a specific person in the great wolf city of Yggdrasil when the stars align.
  • Klingon Promotion: In advanced werewolf society it's an accepted custom to challenge the female Alpha in a Duel to the Death and take her place if successful. The main villain of the final arc is introduced when she takes out a half-dozen challengers.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: This is a major theme in the comic, where the best fighters are all women and the men are mostly Action Survivors. Pretty literally among the werewolves, where the females are larger than the males (despite mammalian sexual differentiation usually being the opposite, among both humans and wolves).
  • Necromancer: Sister Sigrid is a sapient Wolf Woman who is shown being able to resurrect werewolf corpses to lay a trap for the heroine.
  • Never Found the Body: Sister Sigrid, the female Alpha werewolf, is well aware of this. After it looks like Rowan might have been killed in a crash, Sigrid makes sure to leave another trap behind since Sigrid's mother told her to assume prey isn't dead unless you've seen the body.
  • Non-Human Undead: The heroine is at one point attacked by zombie werewolves at a wolf burial site that have been brought to life by the female werewolf alpha that she was pursuing.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The werewolves that show up to herald the end of humanity are initially fairly standard lycantropes for the most part, turning at the sight of the full moon into bestial predators and spreading their infection through bites. Then over the course of a few decades the werewolves evolve from purely feral creatures to sapient Wolf Man people with their own civilization that aims to hunt down and replace the remaining humans. At one point the female Alpha also resurrects several buried werewolf corpses to lay a trap for the heroine.
  • Racist Grandma: A Neo-Nazi gang in post-apocalyptic Britain is led by a wheelchair-bound granny and her two grandchildren that she bosses around.
  • Scars are Forever: Rowan Morrigan is clawed by a werewolf on her face, though they make her look pretty cute. She retains the scars for the rest of her life.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: The second major enemy that Rowan faces in post-werewolf apocalypse Britain is a Neo-Nazi gang of slavers, led by a wheelchair-bound granny and her two grandchildren.
  • Time Skip: The three stories have around a 15-20-year gap between them, showing the heroine aging from someone barely out of her teens to an old woman.
  • Two-Faced: Rowan has burned half the face of a female Neo-Nazi in a previous encounter.
  • Villainous Crush: A Neo-Nazi thug in post-apocalyptic Britain has a completely delusional crush on the heroine Rowan Morrigan, even hallucinating that she tells him to not put out a hit on her so that they can make pure "Aryan" babies together.
  • When the Planets Align: A werewolf prophecy says that humanity can be wiped out if a particular human is sacrificed when the great moon aligns with the stars.
  • Wolf Man: At first werewolves are just feral quadrupedal beasts, but with every passing moon they become more humanlike as they start standing upright, wearing clothes, and building their own civilization.