East of West #1 (March – 2013 – Image)

East of West #1

There is a certain level of genre bending that I love.  The heart of this blog is all about horror comics.  The creatures that go bump in the night, the evil that lurks deep within, and on and on.  Sometimes though, there needs to be the kind of comic in here that makes us all think, “What the hell just happened there?”

East of West is that title.  What Hickman has presented for us is just short of insane, verging on brilliance.  With Nick Dragotta bringing it all to life with his art, it is truly one of the best books I have had a chance to read in a while (and I’ve been reading a lot of books lately).

This book basically has it all.  There are the four (or at this point three) horsemen of the apocalypse.  All of it takes place in a dystopian sci-fi alternate reality where the US is made up of several nations.  It has a western flare for pistols, cowboy hats, and indians.  It has piles of bodies and gore.

It is just unclassifiable, and that makes it perfect.  The story seems interesting (but like all first issues it is just a framework for the rest of the issues).  The art is phenomenal, Dragotta has an style that is almost manga in style.

This is just the kind of title that I want to read until its done.  I really hope that this is an ongoing series with no end in sight.  It excites me, confounds me, and refuses to be classified   This is everything that comic books can be, and should be, and though my excitement about the title in general may cloud my judgement in this review, reading it didn’t let me down at all.  I am so excited to get my hands on the next issue.

Next Time: Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #1

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