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The Stagecoach by Morris
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May 31, 11

bookshelves: graphic-novel-juvenile, western
Read in May, 2011

The Lucky Luke series is for kids and adults. Adults who watched a lot of old western movies will find some hidden treats, including the names of the stagecoach horses.
The plot loosely mirrors that of the old John Wayne movie of the same title, but without the "adult" subplots. Lucky Luke is hired to guard a valuable shipment of gold, which is on a stagecoach with a bunch of the usual stagecoach characters: a gambler, a grizzled miner, a timid businessman with a big bear of a wife, and a preacher. As is often the case in a Lucky Luke story, a real piece of American history is woven in, this time the legendary Black Bart. As is also often the case in European graphic albums, the American Indian characters are oddly portrayed, to the point where a footnote is included, when the artist added a totem pole to a story in the western plains. Since that was just weird, rather than actually offensive, I give him a pass.
The Lucky Luke stories are an acquired taste, but kids and adults who like westerns can easily get into the oddities of a French comedy version of the American west.
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