Writer: Beau Smith
Artists: Carlos Ferreira (p), Silvio Spotti (i)
I was floored! I bought Wynonna Earp for three reasons:
1) Beau Smith is one of my bosses at IDW and a real nice guy.
2) Beau sent my girlfriend Jessi and I a Christmas card (Iím Jewish so I donít get many of those).
3) My girlfriend liked the original Wynonna Earp series that IDW recently reprinted (plug) and she wanted me to buy this new series so she could read it.
But the reason I was floored was the fact that Wynonna Earp: Home on the Strange #1 is GOOD!
This is rude, but I thought this was going to be pretty dumb. I mean, the story revolves around Wynonna Earp, the illegitimate granddaughter of the famous western lawman, Wyatt Earp. She fights the supernatural for a living. With that in mind I didnít have high hopes.
And I was floored! Beau didnít reinvent the wheel with this story but it is a LOT of fun. It reads like a good video game with a story that plays nicely with Wyattís real life history while adding something to his legend, and thereís lots of action (itís a Beau Smith comic, if you need to know how Busted Knuckles tough he is, try his weekly column at some site called www.SilverBulletComicBooks.com).
We open in 1929 with an eighty-year-old Wyatt Earp living out his final days working in Hollywood. Arriving home, heís accosted by the remains of three of the men he killed in Tombstone, Arizona in the 1800s. These angry ghosts plague him until this man that lived by the gun dies of a heart attack.
We cut to today and our main character, Wynonna Earp as sheís facing down some supernatural bad guys (and this is where the action picks up). Wynonna spends the issue unknowingly getting under the skin of her grandfatherís killers. The story is good, it introduces everything in such a way that you do not have to read the previous trade to follow it.
Another part of the comic that got me was the art. At first glance I wasnít that impressed, but after reading it I noticed that the art is lightly reminiscent of Todd McFarlane on Infinity, Inc. (that is, before Todd got great and started inking himself). And a Todd-riff type of artist is really appropriate given Beauís long history with Mr. Baseballs.
I ended up liking this book a lot more than I should have. This should have been a comic that I bought and sent a personal note to Beau saying,
Better Luck Next Time,
George W BushĒ
(George W Bush is not my name but Iíve heard that heís moreín capable of defending himself against aggressive madman like Mr. Smith.)
Instead, Beau crafted a good enough story to make me want to read the rest of the series. I donít mind putting my money down for it. And Iím hoping that the artists, Carlos Ferreira and Silvio Spottiís work improves with each issue, I want to get that near-McFarlane sensation with every page (heís on my list of best artists). And to top this off, Iím curious where Beau takes his story of the three living-dead men that Wyatt Earp killed in Tombstone over a hundred years ago.
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