No West to Cross
Pencils: Zack Basset
Inks and Colors: Peebo Mondia
Letters and Edits: Adam Wollet
Publisher 215 Ink
Just so you know, the coolest gun in the west is Rebecca Cross. Crack shot, writer of wrongs, killer of evil doers, and just had this thing for bad men. Digging around in her past as the story line progresses will be an interesting thing for the writers to do with this comic book. I am reviewing “No West to Cross” which David Pinckney sent over last night, just for the government, yes I got this copy for free, and this is all that is going to work here for full disclosure. Scanned through the comic book last night and spent some time reading it today, and overall finding the story enjoyable. There are a lot of places to go with this comic book, and Rebecca Cross is one awesome cow girl.
I like cow girls.
I like cow girls with guns who are better shots than the bad guy, knows how to take a grazing wound, and still manage to kick butt. Well the last scene is a cliffhanger where we find our cow girl on the ground with a couple of grazing wounds, and it looks like it is a bad time to be a cow girl. However, I digress, the last panel in this book is very effective at getting an emotional reaction out of the reader, that is what matters, because you will go pick up book two based on that, and a pretty kick butt story line.
Rebecca Cross is out to rescue a kidnapped child. The kidnapper is her ex boyfriend, husband lover, there was a relationship there. It sounds like it was not the best relationship that a person could have, but then there it is. Rebecca spends time getting into bar fights, killing, shooting, and drinking in her efforts to recover the child. We do not fully know why the child was abducted other than to “get something that is owed to the bad guy.” During this hard drinking two fisted gun fest, we learn a lot about debts, how the author sees the stylized wild west, and generally have a good time with the book. Lots of violence, good muted colors, and pretty well done overall on the story line, if I go much further with the story line you are going to figure it out, and that makes spoilers.
The lettering is very easy to read; the colors muted and make sense for the book. The drawing is an interesting mixture of styles both detailed and generalized. There are a lot of interesting bits to this in terms of style and design. It is always nice to see an artist flexing what we expect a bit and still keeping it original and fresh. This is going to end up being something you want to read because it works, and the story line simply rocks. Makes you want to go out and be a cow boy or cow girl. This comic seems to appeal to both sexes, and multiple age groups.
Overall rating this 5 of 5 stars, not because I got an advanced preview copy from the author, but because I generally enjoyed the comic book. Sadly, now I have to go hunt down the rest of this series from 215 Ink so hoping that it is on Graphicly or one of the other e-comic systems out there. Well worth reading, well worth adding to your physical collection, and well worth keeping and reading a couple of dozen times.
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