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East of West #10 - A Sea of Bones Review

5

An eye for an…well, maybe it's an answer.

The Good

It's all spelled out in the solicit -- Someone shoots, someone gets shot, and someone dies. -- and yet, this issue unravels so beautifully that those words feel less like a spoiler and more like an invitation. We're back on the road with Death -- most of him, at least -- and the search for The Beast continues opposite The Ranger's own quest (Oh yeah, remember him? He's totally back, and not wasting a shred of time.).

The world that EAST OF WEST spans is unique and colorful, and Nick Dragotta continues to astound us with the images that pour from his brain to the page. He's equally at home in ultra-sleek teched-out towers and dusty Western landscapes, and refuses to skimp on detail. The world is beautiful, even when it's horrifyingly ugly. And when it's ugly? It's go-big-or-go-home time.

Speaking of go-big-or-go-home time…The Ranger is delivering on his promise in a most spectacular way. It's precise and calculated, but it's as explosive as it is deliberate. As meandering as Death's journey is, The Ranger's is direct and efficient -- hello, beautiful contrast. Hickman is choreographing this narrative like a ballet. A beautiful, broken, futuristic Western ballet.

The Bad

I'm not a trade-waiter, I'm not a trade-waiter, I'm not a trade-waiter. As thoroughly as I enjoy reading this book every month, I'm increasingly leaning towards the opinion that it's much more consumable as one collected story. I'm going to go back and read issues #6-#10 as a single bundle (in other words, the way they'll be collected in the upcoming TPB), and wish that the next five issues would be released all at once for optimal binge-reading.

The Verdict

Hickman and Dragotta lay it on thick this month -- between the hefty doses of philosophy (who's right? what's righteous?) and some seriously killer visuals (monsters and murderers and shapeshifting, oh my), this isn't an issue to just flip through casually. Pay attention. Drink in the weird, wild world. Watch it take turn after turn. Then go back and read the first nine issues (or wait a couple of weeks for another fantastic trade), because this is a big-picture book that just happens to thrill with the details.

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Posted by _Marc_74

roll on end of month delivery

but agreed its hard to know all what was going on so have had to go back and read chunks again

beautiful art though

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Hickman is a god-- I mean a cosmic entity that embodies a concept.

Edited by Jake Fury

Best series going today, bar none CV brothers and sisters.

@missj Very nice review.

Edited by DoomDoomDoom

Great review without giving away the details. This was my favorite issue of East of West so far, it honestly had everything.

Edited by Jake Fury

Great review without giving away the details. This was my favorite issue of East of West so far, it honestly had everything.

Who's your favorite character?

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

@doomdoomdoom said:

Great review without giving away the details. This was my favorite issue of East of West so far, it honestly had everything.

Who's your favorite character?

Death's companions, Wolf and Crow, I think are the most interesting visually. Death's kid and that spherical computer have the best dialogue. I'm excited to see more of the Ranger. I can't recall his name but he looks like Colonel Sanders meets Gepetto from Fables, I'm hoping we get more of him soon.

Who is/are your favorite character(s) so far?

Posted by Jake Fury

@doomdoomdoom: Fave character is Death for sure, followed closely by Crow. I think they're all interesting but those are my 2 favorites.

Edited by GiantSquid

Love the book. Love the issue. Love your reviews.

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod
Posted by _Marc_74

any synopsis sites? getting hard to know whats going on, well to keep track of

Posted by Cardiacs

First book I've read, and then read again immediately, for eighteen months. Fantastic.