When it comes to westerns, they suffer from the same problem, Ancient Rome, in movies and Tv suffers form, inaccurate portrayals. The one thing I noticed until the show Rome, and even in that show, that it barely had people of color in it. Which is crazy considering how many lands and peoples, including Carthaginians, which famously had people of color, including the brilliant Hannibal. To say, that they portrayed events accurately, maybe, the indigenous makeup, hardly.
This is true of westerns, as I can remember my grandfather and I were watching a western, called Tomahawk, and a cowboy named Sol Beckwourth, showed up on screen, he told me it was supposed to be a black man, whose name was Jim Beckwourth. Movies like the recent Magnificent Seven, sought to change that narrative, as the severely underrated Mario Van Peebles film, Posse, tried to do back in the 1990s.The one point of view that rarely if ever has been seen is those of black Native Americans. This is what I feel The Maroon, from Derek W. Lipscomb, aims to achieve as he brings a story that feels true to what really went on in the West.
In the opening scene, our hero, known here as the Maroon, is running form a hunting party who aim to capture him, almost for sport, but for what they believe is a wrong. He runs into a Chickasaw father and son, who at first denies him harbor but once they run into the same men, and he saves the sun from a demon-like bear, they realize they must do the right thing. They would eventually bond as thy offered him shelter, but as he is about to leave, those same men cross their path and a fight ensues. By the end of the first issue, a slew of unnecessary casualties occurs, but as violence begets violence, as no one is safe in this world.
Overall, an exciting story from start to finish, which reminds me of Turok, Dinosaur Hunter and The Quick and The Dead. The story by Lipscomb is intense, action packed and true to people’s behaviors at the time. The art by Lipscomb is luminescent and stunning. Altogether, if you like your westerns with a tinge of the fantastical, this is right up your alley.
Story: Derek W. Lipscomb Art: Derek W. Lipscomb
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy