My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I picked up this Zuda Comic’s monthly online competition winner after reading a review describing it as being a mash-up of Stephen King and Sergio Leone. I enjoyed American Vampire, so I thought I would give this one a try.
Not quite what I hoped for. David Gallaher’s writing was not to my taste. I actually re-read portions of this to make sure I didn’t miss something (I didn’t) and it still struggled to make sense at times. It felt like I was picking up volume 2 of a story where volume 1 introduced all the key players and had already filled me in on who they were and why I should give a shit.
What I did really like was Steve Ellis’s beautiful illustrations. It appears he drew, inked, and colored all his own work and it’s really cool. His werewolves and vampires were SICK. Loved the spider-eyes thing all his vampires had. His other character designs were pretty cool too. Especially the steam-punk looking cowboy, Tristan. But, Ellis’s pages didn’t always flow and it was hard to make sense of the action at times. Whether this was Ellis artwork or Gallaher’s writing, I’m not sure, but it ultimately hurt a book I really wanted to enjoy.