Issue: Strangeways: Murder Moon
Writer: Matt Maxwell
Artists: Luis Guaragna, Gervasio and Jok, Steve Lieber, Guy Davis, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba
Letters: Matt Maxwell
Publisher: Highway 62 Press
Release Date: 2008
“It’s 1868, and former army officer Seth Collins seeks to escape the horrors of the Civil War by traveling the frontier. Answering an urgent letter from his estranged sister, Collins finds himself under attack by a strange creature that is neither man nor wolf. When his friend and partner Webster is accused of being the beast, Collins must track down the real threat. But which will kill him first: the Wolf, or the secret that the sheriff of Silver Hand is trying to keep buried?“
Artwork 4.5 out of 5.0
This is a book I like to look at. There are two stories here, one longer than the other, and both a are a great treat on the eyes. The gallery at the end of the book is just the same. While the two main artists have different styles they both deliver a great looking book. I like the way Guaragna did the main story here. He does some great detail work up close but then when the scene called for a further back view he did a great job of blurring things and giving them less detail. Oh yeah it this is done in glorious black and white and it could not have looked any better.
Story: 4.5 out of 5.0
So great artwork runs on every page but what about the story? It’s only one hell of a thrill ride from start to finish! I like the mix here of western and werewolf. It was a great way to tie in the idea of where the wolves come from. The dialogue is good and has the right mix of dialect from then and now. It is what really sells the time period. Overall it is just done right from start to finish.
Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5.0
We need to give this book its own unique genre. How about a “Werestern”. This books works on all levels and I don’t think much more could have been done to improve on it. The artists were the perfect fit and I have to say I want more, NOW! If you like your cowboys and monsters mixing this is the book for you, and everyone else for that matter. Read Strangeways.
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