Beginning with the first going down to the most recent.
Bob Bretall - https://comicspectrum.com/
Rating: 4/5 – A werewolf story with a lot of humanity
"Todd McCullough uses a 1st person narrative style mixed into this issue very effectively to get the reader inside the head of the main character, a werewolf, who is struggling with both his curse and the fact that vampires have taken an interest in the small town of Kingford. We get a lot of setup in this 1st issue, but it’s very well told so I didn’t mind as much that we didn’t get to any of the main action, that’s coming and I’m going to want to be there to see it unfold.
McCullough’s art style is a good match for the story being told. Reminiscent of, but not directly similar to, indie writer/artists like Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) and Nate Powell (Any Empire, March) McCullough is an up-and-coming indie creator I’m going to be keeping my eye on. For $1 you get a PDF download of the 29 page story, which is a great deal. I urge you to give it a try if you think you’ll dig a character-driver supernatural story like this."
Shawn Denney - http://www.ign.com/blogs/fantaffx
"Who Needs the Moon has a lot going for it but takes some missteps along the way. On a few occasions, especially towards the beginning, some of the characters aren’t quite distinctive enough to be completely recognizable. At a few other moments, the facial expressions don’t match the tone of the conversation. But these are minor instances that don’t happen very often. The one other complaint is that at one point it shows a person peeing -- as in fully shows it. A little less blatant depiction of the action could have conveyed the same info without crossing that “for adults” rating line. These are minor complaints, though. The story is very interesting and is an interesting spin on the supernatural as well as leaving a lot of room for expansion and explanation for story threads. Don’t let my nitpicks dissuade you, this is still a good comic."
Jonathan Pilley - http://www.omnicomic.com/ http://www.thenerdmachine.com
Rating: Not rating based
"It's a darker loneliness now though."
Being a werewolf is hard enough without having to be a writer as well. Oh, and vampires. Needless to say, that's just what one unlucky soul finds himself trapped in the middle of in Who Needs the Moon #1.
The first issue is written and illustrated by Todd McCullough.
Ethan Ronald is putting together a good picture of Kingsford. Posing as a writer he's getting closer to the full moon and on that night he'll attack the vampires. Of course, vampires themselves are a wily bunch and tend to have an inkling of suspicion when something is afoot. What unfolds is a game of cat and mouse (wolf and bat?) pitting the two supernatural heavyweights against one another.
McCullough is writing about two subjects one could argue are played out in werewolves and vampires, but his approach is more about the setting they exist in. The way the first issue is written is very suspenseful in a way. McCullough pits the two against one another only once in the course of the issue, primarily to set them up as adversaries. The rest of the issue is told form Ethan's perspective; one of loneliness and sorrow. It reads with heavy brooding and a darker undertone, slightly belied by the illustration style.
McCullough's style is a little juvenile in appearance. It's definitely not bad, but it's a little cartoony for the subject matter. The thing is though that it works. Ethan's emotions are shown as exaggerations in a form of caricature; his sadness is gloomy and his happiness is chipper. The art style depicts a sliding scale of feelings and gives reader a bit more insight into the happenings in the town. What's more is that the vampires aren't shown as monsters and you never even see a werewolf, adding into the issue's intrigue.
Who Needs the Moon #1 is a very interesting mix of werewolves and vampires. It's almost as if someone wrote an Archie story about the two beings. McCullough paces it very well though and relies on the unknown to carry the suspense, offering readers something to be worried about off the pages. It's an intriguing first issue and--if the second issue reveals more about the impending battle between the two factions--could be a fun series.
Rating: Not rating based
"Created entirely by Todd McCullough, this first issue does exactly what first issues should do; it sets up a world we know nothing about, gives a lot of vague, interesting details that will leave you wanting answers, and introduces you to a few really interesting characters. From the nearly dialogue-free opening chase, to the morose inner monologue of the nameless main character juxtaposed with his happy-go-lucky nature with those surrounding him, and the seedy looking baddies that try to run him out of town, this book hits every mark it strives for. Add to that our nameless lead is in fact a werewolf (who may have done a lot of stuff he regrets) and our bad guys are vampires with plans to annihilate the town of Kingford, and I’m down for whatever’s coming next. McCullough’s art works pretty great with the story as well, creating even more contrast between story and visual. This is one that’s available digitally, either through Comixology, or directly from McCullough himself over at his blog. I’d recommend you buy it there, DRM-free for a whopping $1. It will be the best buck you’ve spent all week."
Robert T Trate - http://www.mania.com
"Who Needs the Moon #1 (by Todd A. McCullough): With October fast approaching I am always on the lookout for good comic book horror to compliment all the classic monster movies and morbid fiction I devour (Truth: I'm always on the lookout for new comic horror, seasons be damned.) So imagine how jazzed I was to find a book like Who Needs the Moon that doesn't try to blow it's wad with splatter and cliché in the first ten pages, but spends the necessary time to build atmosphere and has me immeasurably hooked for issue #2.
Who Needs the Moon can feel a bit dark and morose, but it has an undercurrent of excitement. The book opens with two people being chased through the woods at night by a wolf we never see, we just feel and hear it. The book then cuts to a diner, and a man who clearly wears the fur when the moon is full, lamenting his existence. The specters of those he's killed are literally all around him, but he puts on a happy face for the regular world. He is accosted in the parking lot by two men who know "what he is", and he is not so subtly given the hint to get out of town. In the book's most slyly clever moment, our protagonist follows these men to their home, then backtracks, urinating at regular intervals along the way so he can find his way back when the wolf comes out. Brilliant. Also, this is a far better use of the idea than Jack Nicholson peeing on James Spader in the men's room. The book doesn't stop at werewolves, there are vampires hidden in the shadows and other undead things bubbling to the surface.
It's not just the pacing and foreboding mood that conjures up the book's fantastic atmosphere, it's Todd McCullough's refreshing art as well. There's a "cartoon" quality to his style that isn't an obvious choice for this kind of material, but it works very, very well. The little details and the character's shape and movement give me a bit of an R. Crumb or Peter Bagge vibe, and the choice to have certain things or characters in color and the rest in black and white put this book visually over the edge into gorgeous territory."Decapitated Dan - www.decapitateddan.com
Rating: Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0
"Who needs the moon? I sure do! Wow what a find this book is going to be when you all stop reading this review and go read this book! First of all, McCullough will grab you right from the start as two people are running from something, and then... fade to black. That is the only spoiler you get people. This issue has a great mystery to it, I mean we know it’s a werewolf, but there is still so much more to learn about. The story is only half of this book though, so now allow me to tell you about the how GORE-Geous the artwork is. I can’t barley even sum up into words how great it is. I love the use of color in certain scenes, but then keeping things in black and white in others. I think that the Todd’s style is refreshing, and so needed to make this book all that much more special. Look I really don’t want to give anything away, but I really do want you to go out and get this book. You just have to trust your old pal Decap, this is a must read!"