Another piece written in 2010 and excavated from my old website. It's called 'recycling'...
# The title ‘Age of the Wolf’ comes from the Völuspá, the first poem of the Poetic Edda (a collection of Old Norse poetry that provides our chief source of information about Norse mythology). The poem concerns Ragnarok, the death of the gods, when the giant wolf Fenris will burst his chains and devour the sun.
# The events of the story begin on 14 November 2016, which (in the real world) is when a full moon will orbit the earth some 28,000km closer than usual, appearing 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.
# On page one, the references to doctors Carter, Jordan and Patterson are a reference to the writer, director and star of The Company Of Wolves. There’s other werewolf movie easter eggs in there, but I can’t remember them all.
# The heroine, Rowan Morrigan, is based on the doomed and beautiful Norse god Baldr (the ‘bleeding god’). Physically, I based her on Doctor Who actress Karen Gillen, who struck me as having just the right combination of fearlessness and girl-next-door practicality.
# The words Rowan uses in the story to ignite the runes are Old Norse.
# I actually wrote a feature on werewolf comics for the Judge Dredd Megazine #294 (March, 2010), which probably contradicts just about everything I wrote in Age Of The Wolf.