The Lone Ranger #20; Dynamite; $3.50.
Written by Brett Matthews, art by Sergio Cariello.
Cover by John Cassaday.
The cover is the first panel of this issue. If I am remembering correctly, it was also the last panel of the previous issue. Linda is making out with Tonto. The Lone Ranger (LR hereafter) sees it, and is disturbed because he thought he had a claim on Linda. LR goes to the top of a hill to ponder his feelings. Linda joins him, proclaiming her love. They stand together, holding each other while admiring the vista below them.
What the hell am I reading, a soap opera? Is this Days of Our Lives? (My favorite soap opera would be one that combines ballroom dancing and hip-hop music. I'd call it The Gliding A-ight.)
The sheriff comes to warn LR that someone is after him. LR jumps from the hill, knocking the sheriff to the ground. Apparently, because the art doesn't actually show him jumping from the hill, just hitting the sheriff from the side. There is a problem here. This is a scene shown in movies and comics all the time, and there never seems to be any ill effects to the person getting jumped. But in real life, somebody would be very hurt or even killed. As LR has no intention of harming the sheriff, he would not have done this. This is a scene that is written to add a false sense of action in the story, and should have been omitted.
As th sheriff talks to LR, a man spies them, then reports back to the guy looking for LR. The man is Marle, he is a Federal Lawman, and his intent is to kill LR, not arrest him. Again, if I remember correctly, Marle is controlled by Butch Cavendish, the outlaw who killed LR's brother, making Linda a widow.
This is a typical issue of The Lone Ranger. If you like such, you will like this. I think this is one of the lesser issues, and it continues to be the set up for a final fight in an upcoming issue. The art is pretty, but there are too many panels that are just closeups of faces.
Overall grade is 6. Because of my love for the character, I'll keep reading this for now, but if a financial decision had to be made, I'd likely drop it.
I was perfectly content before I was born.