RandoMonday: East of West #5

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

East of West #5 by Jonathan Hickman (writer), Nick Dragotta (artist), Frank Martin (colors), Rus Wooton (letters)

This is a love story and one about redemption. The overall story of the series is quite grand in scope, bordering on myth, yet this issue is steeped in intimate character examination. The personification of Death falls in love with a warrior woman, they have a child together, one who, it is believed by some, is to be the Beast of the Apocalypse. So these people conspire to kill Death, chop off the warrior woman’s hands so that she cannot fight, and kill her son. When a resurrected Death arrives to see his bride, he informs her that their son is still alive, and that he is going to collect him and return to her.

Hickman and Dragotta created a very interesting landscape with this book. It’s an historical deviation and sci-fi western with very interesting characters. I love the mechanical, headless horses, for example, coupled with the 19th century American West qualities. It also reads like a Shakespearean tragedy with all the political machinations involved. It makes me wonder now why I stopped reading this title after #15 (at this time, it’s up to issue 22). Maybe I’ll hunt down those back issues.

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