Published: August 3rd, 2017
Written by: Garrett Gunn
Art by: Sean Forney, Saint Yak, HdE
Alterna Comics, 88 Pages
I don’t read enough western comics. That’s not my fault though, they just don’t seem to exist in large numbers in the 2010s. Really, you have to turn to the indies if you want to get your hands on a good pulp western story.
Go West, which is published by Alterna and written by Garrett Gunn, is a pretty solid piece of western writing. It’s also a post-apocalyptic western, which just adds an extra layer of grit and darkness to it.
Reading this, I felt like I was watching a low budget spaghetti western unfold in front of me. And that’s not a diss, low budget spaghetti westerns are my favorite westerns. To be frank, this is like if Lucio Fulci stuck with westerns instead of going full horror but still developed his twisted horror style in the western genre. Think Four of the Apocalypse but even more violent and physically brutal.
And yes, this is violent but within the context of the tale, it works and it’s existence isn’t just a cheap parlor trick, it’s a reflection of the world these characters live in.
The main character reminded me a lot of a Franco Nero hero like the original Django. Ready to stand alone against an army of scumbags but not presented in some sort of fantastical, invincible way. He is very much human and he gets hurt like he’s human.
What really worked for me was the art. The pencils, inks and colors by Saint Yak were absolutely f’n stellar. This story had such a good look to it and it set the tone perfectly like the best cinematographers in Hollywood. I also like that each issue of the three had a different color palate but everything stayed pretty muted. Yak created such a good artistic style for this book and I spent a lot of extra time indulging in the panels.
Go West is a damn fine western comic. If western comics are your cup of tea, I’d say that this is a must read.
Pairs well with: Other Alterna Comics releases: Trespasser, Mother Russia, The XII and The Wicked Righteous.