East of West continues to be one of the most satisfying series that I’m following. Even with the seventh volume, Jonathan Hickman engages the reader with innovative plot development and surprising character development. I never know what’s coming next with this series, and that’s about the highest compliment that I can pay.
If you’re unfamiliar with the premise, the idea is that … I can’t even. It’s far too complicated. Just pick up volume one and you’ll catch on quickly enough. Just know it’s a dazzling blend of fantasy, western, science fiction, military, alternate history, samurai, and religion.
Hickman utilizes an ever growing cast with grace and nuance — everyone gets a moment to shine in this series. Furthermore, Hickman seems to know exactly where he’s going at all times. At no point during this series have I felt as though Hickman is floundering — he never seems lost. Every issue counts with this series. Every scene serves a purpose. There is no wasted time. That’s rare for a title that has lasted as long as East of West.
Of course, as good as the writing is, East of West would not be the same without Nick Dragotta. This artist has put a particular stamp on this book; he’s given it an inimitable style. He makes everyone one and everything in this series look cool. That’s a great characteristic for a comic as eclectic as this. Though the term is overused, his art is absolutely epic in nature.
Of particular note regarding Volume 7 — several major players die (or seem to, at least). Wolf steps to the forefront. Crow continues to steal every panel in which she appears. Doma gets the girl. Oh, and Archibald Chamberlain reveals a very special talent.
When people ask me what current comic book series is a must-read, East of West is always at the top of my recommended reading list. I see no reason why that will change anytime soon as its excellence continues.
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