East of West #1 review
“Out of the Wasteland”
The return of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a futuristic spaghetti western era, except one horseman is missing. Death is running around with a small posse smoking those who I assumed wronged them previously, and the three horsemen recently birthed for the coming apocalypse are hunting down their missing brother of destruction.
The timeline isn’t too forthcoming. I’m actually unsure if parts of the book are happening at the same time in different areas of the U.S., taking place at different times, or if the characters are the same people. If it sounds confusing, it’s because it is. I’m a simpleton apparently, because I’m a little lost coming out of East of West #1.
Even with all my confusion with the early goings of the story, I can say I’m really enjoying East of West #1. I like the characters, even though I’m not sure who’s who, and the futuristic western motif is really cool. Jonathan Hickman has written a really superb book, but It would be unfair to give Hickman all the East of West, Nick Dragotta’s art is visually stunning in it’s own right. Towering skyscrapers in canyon riddled wastelands, mechanical horses, and revolvers straight out of Firefly keep the book appealing to the wandering mind. and I wonder how Image is getting so lucky with all these great independent books.
East of West #1 is fresh new take on the apocalypse genre, one that’s being ravished by zombies at the moment, and it makes me wonder how Image is getting so lucky with all these great independent books.