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Lone Ranger & Tonto #2

Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Brett Matthews & Neil Turitz
Vatche Mavlian, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (c)
Dynamite Entertainment
On a routine supply run, The Lone Ranger and Tonto learn about the monsters of Reston. Is this a Scooby-Doo plot, or something more?

Vatche Mavlian illustrated a beautiful Daredevil/Spider-Man team-up not so long ago, and none of his talent has waned. Mavlian takes advantage of wide-screen panels to give Matthews' and Turitz's tale a sense of Sergio Leone scope, but this really isn't a Leone tale. His renditions of the principals and the supporting cast combine the best of Charles Vess, Alex Nino and Tom Yeates. The scenes with the Ranger and Tonto on horseback impress the most, and Mavlian's method of scratching in shadows as if he were etching a woodcut give the book an enticing unique old time feel that's especially apropos to the Ranger.

Matthews and Turtiz use a single fact of western culture to spin off numerous threads. The catalyst gives rise to the trading post, the ditty that attracts the Ranger's attention and the nightmarish hallucinations that would appear out of place in a Clayton Moore episode but right at home in the comic book. The villain of the piece is typical, but Matthews and Turitz create enough spin to make this journey pleasant.

Matthews' and Turitz's story in The Lone Ranger & Tonto is a mosey down the dusty trail. The artwork by Vatche Mavlian and Fajardo presents a massive scope and gives teeth to a monster-of-the-week type story.



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