COMIC REVIEW: East of West #1

EastOfWestJonathan Hickman is at it again, as he ventures once more into alternate history/scifi with his newest creator-owned work East of West. Nick Dragotta provides art on the comic that tells the story of a futuristic Old West, Horsemen of the Apocalypse as children, a very different United States, and much more.

The American Civil War goes in a much different direction when the Native American tribes come together as one and attack the Union. After decades of war, all sides finally declare peace as a meteor strikes the North American continent. Years later, a prophecy seems to be coming true as three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are reborn as children, and the fourth gets revenge on those that wronged him.

Hickman’s writing is a bit dense. He dangles elements and plot threads in front of the reader, teasing them with a bigger picture, but never fully revealing it. In comic issues, it’s sure to all come together, but, for now, the reader is largely left in the dark. That being said, there’s more than enough there to warrant picking up the second issue. It’s well-written and wonderfully unique.

Dragotta’s art is fitting for the story. In a story full of strange mystery and murder, he brings the right amount of shadow and detail to it all. He gives Hickman’s twisted story the right look, making all the fear and sadistic pleasure of the characters look just so great.

It’s a very good first issue, though one that might require a c0uple of reads to fully sink in. Pick it up and check it out. It’s sure to be one of Image’s next big hits.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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