One of the grand things about Raised by Wolves is how it feels like the ending.
It takes so much to get to the moment when the show starts that both sides of this mysterious conflict are plunged in despair.
The HBO Max series, which mostly takes place on Kepler 22b, is dealing with the last remnants of humanity — seemingly no more than a hundred people — who fight among themselves.
Ridley Scott and Aaron Guzikowski’s weird new world will have more questions than answers for after a few episodes.
The only real tie-in Raised by Wolves Comic that launched just a little earlier helps fill out the blanks.
Written by Guzikowski and boosted by the creator of Wolves, the first issue of the comic is titled “Hark the Herald Angel Sings” for free anywhere digital comics are sold.
Guzikowski begins to explore the show’s two central conflicts: 1) The Conflict between the Mithraic and Atheists and 2) The Continuous Challenge of Parenting in this strange new world.
Narratively framed as the robot-character Mother telling a story to the first group of children that she erroneous — the ones she adopted — the comic depicts a picture of Mithraic Capitol.
Raised by Wolves has indisputably indicated that the religious Mithraic who worship a Sun-like deity called Sol had the technological advantage over the Atheists.
Here, not only the cash at issue but also another advantage they had:
Raised by Wolves #1 – the Mithraic capital.
Everyday is golden for the Mithraic.
Note the bust above the balcony.Wolves #1 Raised above.
The Mithraic, at least on a governing stage, seems flush with riches.
Their architecture places a lot of emphasis on gold so it adds a certain level of continuity to ensure that their necromancer robots would also appear gold.
There’s also a small reference to the origins of the necromancers – how did humans manage to create androids that could fly, run human and kill with a glance?
It’s a big question looming above Raised by Wolves, where the remnants of mankind are outclassed by Mother, a Necromancer herself, who has been hacked to turn sides, from Mithraic to Atheist.
Guzikowski narrates quickly to readers that the mother is best an undependable narrator.
Mother is a propaganda machine. Just because she has changed sides doesn’t mean she is any more tolerant of her previous programming.
She says the Mithraic claim that the technology for necromancers was found in their ancient text while she notes that it was more likely that they had stolen it from the Atheist nations they conquered.
Some necromancer-related questions aside, this provides an important clue into the world of Raised by Wolves: lone wolf nations
It is innocuous to have implied that until now there was only one theist force.
It is unclear what this means, but it could also imply ideologic diversity at the show even among the atheists.
The mothers (Amanda Collin) in Rated by Wolves
Meanwhile, on Kepler-22b, the necromancers have developed from weapons of war to a figment of childhood imagination.
The children play such as necromancers as if they pretend to be pirates or superheroes.
But they accidentally burned down some crops in their roozing around.
The incident leads mothers and fathers into a quandary.
They know that the kids will not be behaved because their capability to punish is limited by their programming.
So they decide that the necromancers can serve as sort of black fox ; of course, Santa – Claus, who know when you’ve been bad or good ; so be good for goodness sake.
It works too much just a bit too well.
Campion has a nightmare, and mother comforts him, letting him admit that they may have gone a little too far.
Then readers have also seen what happened to the first Atheist soldiers that met a necromancer — it did not go so well for them.
The first time a theist encounters a necromancer.
Many encounters would happen like this. #1 — Raised by Wolves #1
The first Raised by Wolves comic begins building the mysterious world created by the show in just nine pages.
There are still a lot of questions untouched and – hopefully – it will build as delicately as the show itself.
The eponymous riser is streaming by the Wolves on HBO Max.
The comic is available everywhere you buy comics online.