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Image: Drifter # 11

Written by Chad Tucker on Saturday, May 21 2016 and posted in Reviews

Image: Drifter # 11

You can't take the sky from meeeeee! Too late!

Source: Image Comics

Story by: Ivan Brandon

Art by: Nick Klein

Variant Cover by: Mike Huddleston


From Image comics: "Ravaged by a nuclear winter, Ghost Town is forever changed when the Wheelers begin to set a mysterious plan into motion."

Well, I fell in love with this book at first sight. Now if you would bear with me, I'd like to offer up the only negative thing I have so say about this book: Do not start with issue 11. Start at the beginning, because this book is a wild ride.

This tale revolves around the story of Abram Pollux, a driven drifter who took a voyage through space seemingly to make things right, and put his past to rest. An accidental collision in space forces him to crash land on the lawless frontier planet of Ouro, a barren and desperate wasteland littered with the remains of spacecraft from untold wrecks that came before. After he is rescued by the local sheriff of Ghost Town, he begins working with the townsfolk to help them scavenge what they need to keep the town running. All the while, the seemingly alien Wheelers toil aside them while the enigmatic Man in Black appears to have something sinister planned.

Ivan Brandon does an amazingly good job of crafting a unique and complex alien world. His characters are vivacious and seem to leap right off the page. What he is best at is crafting an elegant mystery, and every issue he peels back the layers just a tiny bit, always leaving me salivating for more.

The art is amazing, and Nick Klein is exactly the kind of artist that can take something common and boring, like a Bar Code, and incorporate that into the back cover design in a way that makes it feel unique and inspired. His characters are varied and detailed, and every subtle nuance of his art feeds into the feel of this tattered wasteland. The colors highlight the harsh and alien landscape.

In closing this was a fantastic Sci-fi western, and I can't wait to read more. Like Firefly? And Unforgiven? Want to see what their child would look like? Then this book is for you.


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About the Author - Chad Tucker

Also known as NoctourneM, Chad is from down south in the magical land of Texas where the cattle roam free, the barbecue is delicious, and everything is bigger. After failing to be bitten by a radioactive spider after numerous attempts, he settled for his secondary choice of powers: Being a complete smart ass much to the chagrin of both open-carry nuts and the local police. Chad possesses a profound love of comics, art, history, violent cartoons, movies, video games and the horror genre. After the violent murder of his two favorite superheroes, he took up the task of vigilante reviewing, swearing to do all that he could to make sure no comic fan would have to live through Superior Spider-man or Final Crisis again. Never Again.
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