Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s crazy sci-fi western just gets more and more fascinating. This issue focuses on a character we only found out was alive on the last page of #2, Xiaolian, the wife of Death. We find out that she is the daughter of the current General Mao, and there’s a very interesting flashback to events that were teased in #1. There’s such a deep back-story to this world already and I can’t wait to unearth more.
Of course, Death himself is on the trail of Xiaolian and he leads an awesome attack on New Shanghai. I’m not sure, but Death may be the most bad-ass character in comics at the moment (well, it’s between him and Eye-Boy from the X-Men) everything he says is just hardcore as fuck, and you know he’s got the goods to back it up. The other plotline of this series is also developing nicely, as the other three horsemen of the apocalypse are hot on Death’s trail and are in the same bar he was in #1. Hickman really managed to freak me out with that talking eyeball, that was fucked up. I also like the introduction of the trackers, and how the seemingly hapless bartender is actually their leader.
Like I said, this is a rich world. And it’s made even richer by the awesome artwork of Nick Dragotta. Seriously, this is one good-looking book, Dragotta’s desolate landscapes are second to none. I’m really digging this series, it’s weird, it’s different, and each issue gives me something new. This is a good time for sci-fi in indie comics, what with this, Saga and the upcoming Lazarus, Image is bringing the space greatness.