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Dead West

2.87 of 5 stars 2.87  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"Dead West combines the best of two genres, zombie horror movies and westerns, to create an all-new manga adventure. During America's westward expansion, a small Indian village was wiped out to make way for the town of Lazarus. Only one Indian, a child, survived, and years later he returns to Lazarus to claim revenge, placing a curse on the town. Soon, the dead have risen ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 19th 2005 by Gigantic Graphic Novels
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It has the same drawbacks as many a zombie movie and many a less successful western--namely, it degenerates into action sequences, and action sequences can be done extremely well but rarely are these days. So it's a lot of shooting and darkness and blood spray and such, plus confusion about who's in which building. The art is really pretty decent, but the narrative doesn't have a lot going on. I'm sure there are those who will contend that "it doesn't have to be complicated! It's just a mothaeff ...more
Ashe Armstrong
I'd been meaning to read this for a while but never got around to it. Finally decided to plow through it and...I was pretty underwhelmed. The basic plot was solid but played out pretty nebulously. The young native boy who gets the party started isn't seen as much as he should be. The Man With No Name shows up and kinda becomes the focal point later and that's pretty much the deepest the plot delves. I'd have loved to have seen more about the moral struggle with revenge, especially considering wh ...more
Jan 01, 2009 K T rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Pretty generic zombie story, but set in the West, with some commentary on the horrible slaughter of native americans.

The art was sometimes beautifully loose, sometimes awkward, sometimes confusing.
Rated this a little high. It's got obvious flaws, but wears them proudly like any cowboy. I like the native grandfather and the anti-hero is kind of a sh*t, which I also like.
It's like a cliché gone right.
Jul 09, 2014 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
The bulk of my approval of this book was the sheer entertainment value of it. I found the initial premise of the story uncompelling and hokey, but once the ball started rolled (being vague to avoid spoilers) I was caught up. The story within the story probably did the most point-scoring by this judge, though I wasn't quite sure I approved of one of my favorite movie heroes being drug in. Ok, yes and no about that. The drawing left me unclear at times what I was looking at, mainly because it was ...more
Andrea Blythe
In the wild west, a group of white settlers bring their claim to the land and order the local natives to leave, only to slaughter them when they don't. The sole survivor of the tribe comes back to the settled town years later, and performs a ritual to raise the dead, thus unleashing his vengeance upon the townfolk.

First, if we look past the issue of how native americans are portrayed -- on the one hand, simple victims, and on the other hand, perpetrators of of mystical and evil power -- the stor
No thank you. I'm not a big fan of zombies anyway, but there are always exceptions (I like the Walking Dead books, for example) so I gave it a shot. The art is in black and white and SO MESSY that there were few pages I could get through without having to re-read (re-look at?) in order to determine what the hell was going on and who was who. And the story, as far as I can tell, is boring and tired. So, yeah, no.
Not for me. Too many stereotypes (whore with a heart of gold, for one) and not enough depth to any one character for readers to care who lives and who dies. I like the idea of a zombie / western mash up, though.
I dunno. I liked it, it was kinda arty I guess. The slaphazard penciled drawings seemed to be distracting sometimes though, and I didn't feel like the narrative came together perhaps how it could have. Should have. The main story seemed a little pushed into the background, and the side stories were too prominent. Either that, or if the side stories were going to _be_ that prominent, then they needed to be more complete. I do appreciate it as a part of this author and illustrators collaborations. ...more
This was an OK graphic novel that did not quite live up to what I was expecting. I was actually excited when I read what this book was about and even more excited to find it at our local library. After reading it I was feeling pretty well let down. Think of the wild west with an avenging American Indian, a parody of the great Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and throw in some zombies. Yeah, it sounds good but just falls a bit short of a home run, kind of like the pitch never makes it over the p ...more
I probably wouldn't have liked this book except that the art totally sucked me in. It has a lot of cliches, and when I put it down I said, "I'm not sure I fully understood everything, but it sure looked cool!" Zombie fans like myself will appreciate the alternative setting and time period, as well as the catalyst for why the zombies arise...but don't look for character development or a super linear story line. Again, the art was great part (in a sort of haphazard blood smeary way).
Dead West, is a western, zombie comic. It starts off about these Indians who have a land and some white settlers come along and eventually steal the land.
As always it's about revenge, and to me the zombie Indians steal don't get revenge... The art work and story line had a lot going for it. But I think with a little more help and push it would have been great. CAUSE WHO DON'T LIKE A GREAT ZOMBIE COMIC?!? :-)
May 07, 2007 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombies, westerns
This is everything one could want from a b&w zombie western graphic novel. I haven't heard a thing about it being adapted, but it damn well should be. Spears and G give a lean, mean story that takes no prisoners and leaves no zombie... uh... un-shot in the head. Highly recommened for those looking for a great story for maybe 30 minutes of their time.
James Ryan
I had never read a horror genre graphic novel, let a lone an entire graphic novel, before reading this (it's a very quick read). I honestly was not impressed. While I am a fan of anything in the western genre, the whole "zombie" speculation and horror topic was a bit boring in this telling.
No good, just bad and ugly.
Started out with some promise, but what starts out as an "art style" quickly becomes a rushed mess. Blatant ripoffs abound, story-wise.
Too bad, could've been fun.
There are some cool happenings in Dead West, but this OGN is pretty rough. The art is hard to follow in spots, and the story has some pretty flat and cliched characters in it.
Lauren Candia
Didn't dig it. When I read a graphic novel, I tend to want more balance between text and graphics. The storyline was okay.
A wild west story with zombies. Not much meat to this one --- didn't feel anything for any of the characters, and blah ending.
Mark Russell
Not as good as Walking Dead, but still a worthwhile and unique entry in the world of zombie fiction.
Not as good as Teenagers from Mars but still a great read!
Mark Adams
A fun independent Weird Western worth checking out.
Good but a little hard to follow at times.
read for NoveList recommended reads project
Pretty weird, but quite enjoyable.
Jul 07, 2012 Zanne marked it as to-read
Shelves: graphic-novels
Carl Green
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