The first issue of Johnathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s newest series “East of West” was one of this week’s most anticipated releases, and it does not disappoint. This comic is a Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where the American Civil War ended a little differently than you might remember. Instead of just the Union and the Confederacy, there was also an Indian Nation, a Kingdom, and an unexplainable event which ended the war, resulting in seven different American Nations. Skip forward to the year 2064 (The First Year of the Apocalypse) and readers are now introduced to the new America that Hickman and Dragotta have created.
The book’s main character are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, though Hickman only introduces us to three of them. Over the course of about 200 years, readers are shown the Horsemen in all their various forms. (There is definitely some re-birth going on with these guys.) Over this time there are three seemingly human characters that can see the Apocalypse coming, and write down their revelations for others to learn from . The book comes to a head, with the current Horsemen tracking down the President of the United States.
The comic is an entertaining read, it’s obvious from the dialouge that Hickman has a complex story that he is telling , and that this issue is merely the beginning.
Dragotta’s designs make for some very interesting looking characters and landscapes. Visually this book is a home run!
East of West # 1 is on sale now, at your local comic book store or on the Image Comics app on Apple and Android devices.
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