Here's my full review y'all...
This new Western series from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios should be right up my alley. It’s a Western, and I love Westerns, and I also enjoy DeConnick’s work for Marvel, and the previous collaboration between her and Rios, ‘Osborn’ was excellent and it’s been praised by many other reviewers and comics professionals. However, I have to admit that I did find this first issue a little bit disappointing. Now, I wouldn’t go as far as to rip up my copy, but apart from the fantastic art from Rios, I wasn’t really feeling this.
I am willing to give it a chance though, because I get the sense that the story DeConnick is trying to tell hasn’t really started yet, and that’s because the main character of Ginny doesn’t actually appear until the last page. Instead, the main story here focuses on Fox and Sissy, two mysterious wandering travelers who run into trouble. They arrive in a town, and tell the story of Ginny, the daughter of death for money. I did like this sequence, most of the time I roll my eyes when comics try and do poetry, but I think DeConnick did a better job than most here, and it’s the sequence that best showcases the melding of art and story, with the intriguing Tarot cards.
The problem with this issue comes from the number of characters introduced, and the fact that they aren’t really fleshed out. There’s Fox and Sissy, some creepy ginger dude, a huge woman called Big Alice, a black family, and more. It’s not clear who these people are, and what they have to do with Ginny at all. To make things even more confusing, when Fox and Sissy meet up with their partners out in the desert, they shoot at each other, making me at least think they were enemies. So, a few pages later, when they are all sitting round the same campfire, it was rather disconcerting. I suppose DeConnick is going for a dream-like, lyrical feel here, and the framing device and narrations of ‘Bunny’ and ‘Butterfly’ show that a lot, but instead of finding this muddiness appealing, it just jarred. This issue basically plunged us too much into a world and setting, and didn’t explain enough about it.
I will continue to read it, because I am intrigued by what’s going on, and the final page of Ginny appearing was actually a decent cliffhanger, but this title is certainly not great just yet. I get the feeling some people are just praising every Image Comic with a #1 on it these days, because their track record has been so strong. This was not the best first issue, but it could very well be a good series.
As I mentioned, what was good was Rios’ art, which was spectacular. I’ve always liked her, but this is her best work yet, and Jordie Bellaire, who because it rhymes I have to call a ‘colourist extraordinaire’ once again provides fantastic colours. With Western stories, colour and landscape is all-important, and Rios and Bellaire deliver. I think if you’re interested in this book, it might be better to wait for the trade. Sometimes mystery and unexplained characters can hook you, and sometimes it can just confuse, and here, it confuses. Let’s hope answers and clarity are forthcoming.
I think that's pretty accurate.