Review: East of West #16

EastofWest16_Cover“The Apocalypse: Year Two” begins in the over-sized East of West #16! Following the dramatic conclusion of Year One, the Great Beast now roams the fractured United States of America. Deep into an all-consuming war between the splintered nations, the Four Horsemen move to further their individual agendas while resisting the inevitability of The Message.

Fifteen issues have been building up to this, part two of Hickman’s epic sci-fi Western. Year One ended with actions that’d lead to war, and now the war has begun as the Endless Nation have moved upon the Republic of Texas in a massive battle. I’ve wondered what a war in this world would look like, and we get to see some of that here!

Writer Jonathan Hickman has a master at writing long form stories, where story-arcs pay off after years of build-up. It’s been 16 issues, and we’re just getting to the second phase of Hickman’s vision. At first I thought the series was a cool western, following a lone cowboy (really Death incarnate), and the series built up, adding layers and depth to the series. Here, the story begins anew, but instead of a lone gunslinger, we have a nation waging death using machines I’d never have imagined.

Those machines are brought to us through the wonderful visuals of Nick Dragotta, who has brought Hickman’s creations to (twisted) life. There’s an amazing style to it that blends the vibe of a traditional western with sci-fi coolness. It’s a perfect blend of writer of artist.

This is the opening salvo of the next chapter of Hickman and Dragotta’s epic, a perfect point to check out what you’ve been missing out on.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Nick Dragotta
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review