When Avatar Press publishes a Sword & Sorcery comic, you know the results won't be pretty. When Juan Jose Ryp is drawing a comic, you can expect Gorn with a disturbing level of detail. And when Warren Ellis is writing a comic, you can expect it to be batshit insane.
When all three of the conditions are fulfilled, you get Wolfskin.
By Ellis standards, it's a fairly straight forward Barbarian comic, chronicling the adventures of a Nortish warrior, known only as "Wolfskin". He wanders the earth, doing barbarian stuff like mercenary work, but mostly he kills people to appease his "murder god" (yes, you read that right) "Wrod". Althugh Wolfskin has a code of honor, (he is quite protective of children, for example) he is also 100% more barbaric, than a guy like Conan ever was. The first issue has Wolfskin practice ritual cannibalism for example.
This comic contains examples of:
- A Fistful of Rehashes: In the first issue, Wolfskin comes to a Noi village, split between two feuding brothers who both want him to destroy the other. Wolfskin ends up killing everyone in the village.
- Barbarian Hero: Wolfskin is a classic example, altough he is far more brutal and barbaric than the usual lot.
- Drop the Hammer: One of Wolfskins weapons is a huge, round wooden mallet.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: It's never mentioned what the name of Wolfskins race is, but he and they are fairly obviously Vikings. There's also the Noi who resemble Samurai in look, but whose knowledge of gunpowder puts them closer to the ancient Chinese.
- Frazetta Man: One alternative cover shows Wolfskin vs an army of these.
- Gorn: Among other things, Wolfskin likes to cut his enemies testicles off.
- Male Frontal Nudity: In the first issue, there's a bathing scene where Wolfskin gives us a good look of his "animal cock".
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In one story, Wolfskin comes to a city where a bunch of criminals trade in child slaves under the cover of their barrel-making business. Wolfskin kills them all, and then announces his good deed to the townsfolk. Turns out the townsfolk were very much aware of what they were doing and are pissed at Wolfskin for ruining their source of income. They chase him out of town, for his troubles.