Wednesday, 8 January 2014

So I Read East of West: Volume One

Or a 250 word (or less) review of the first East of West collected edition
By Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, and Frank Martins; Image Comics

East of West is the new Sci-fi infused Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse comic. But in a world with decades of repetitive Apocalypse X-men stories, complete with superpowered Horsemen, does the world really need another Four Horseman comic? Apparently yes. Hickman, Dragotta, and Martins create a Sci-fi, Cyberpunky, Western world where a meteor strike during the American Civil War (and concurrent Indian-American Wars) caused a premature armistice between the various sides. As a result the United States is split between seven nations: The Union, The Confederacy, The Endless Nation of the American Indians, the People's Republic (a California settled by exiled Maoists), The Dead Lands of the meteorite crater, the Kingdom of New Orleans, and, of course, the Republic of Texas. It is in this fractured America that a cabal of influential leaders from among the Seven Nations have heard The Message, a prophecy of The Endtimes, and are actively trying to kick off the Apocalypse. Unfortunately, they have betrayed Death, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and he is aiming to have his vengeance on them all. That is, unless the other Horsemen can stop him. It's really, really, really good comics. And it’s all execution. Imagine how good a creator owned comic by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta should be. Now throw that idea out because, I promise you, East of West is BETTER. It’s bigger, more fun, smarter, funnier, more badass, and just all around greater than it has any right to be. I recommend it.

Word Count: 250

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