East of West Vol. 1: The Promise
- I love alternate realities as much as the next person and right now nobody does them better than Jonathan Hickman. Set in the future of an alternate timeline where the west was not settled, East of West tells the story of the impending apocalypse. The apocalypse of course, is to be ushered in by the Four Horsemen but something has happened to the group. Three of the four have been radically changed while the fourth, Death, has set out on his own path with his own goals. What could motivate Death to stray from the rest of the Horsemen?
Recently I was praising Rick Remender for his ability to tell crazy, science fiction stories but Jonathan Hickman is right up there with him at the top of the game. I was absolutely hooked after reading the first chapter of this volume alone. I will say that I found a one of his twists a little disappointing but that was only one of dozens of over-the-top, sublime concepts that are all intriguing. Plus, this was only the first 5 issues and I am sure that the twist that I didn't like will be expanded upon in a satisfying way later on. Nick Dragotta's art is absolutely gorgeous. The designs for the characters that inhabit this alternate timeline are unique and make sense in the context of the world that they inhabit. Plus, when Dragotta allows Death to cut loose, its terrifyingly beautiful.
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