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Over the course of its decade-plus lifespan, the Western/horror series Desperadoes has traveled some long, strange trails. Since its hard-riding heroes first met while tracking a ritualistic murderer whose crimes gave him supernatural powers, they've experienced quarantine in a haunted town, a reanimated dead boy with a thirst for revenge, a spiritualist's nightmare, and a ...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by IDW Publishing
(first published March 25th 2009)
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Weird West. Kui Jonah Hexis on 90% ulatuses tegemist "westiga" (meeldivate eranditega nagu Two-Gun Mojo või Riders of the Worm") siis siin on seda "weirdi" ka ikka parajalt sees, ehk siis üleloomulikku, horrori vormis. Esimeses loos aetakse taga sadistlikku mõrtsukat kes tapab ja nülib väikeseid lapsi ja naisi, teises loos on tegemist satanistliku preestriga, kolmandas loos ei taha üks mahalastud poiss kuidagi surnuna püsida jne. Üldiselt - väga vinge ja metsiku lääne sõpradele suht kohustuslik.
This heavy-duty omnibus (nearly 500 pages) collects all the Desperadoes stories published through 2009. With the exception of one story arc, the art is clean and expressive, and the stories follow in the tradition of Joe Lansdale and Tim Truman in portraying flawed but morally-focused characters at war with supernatural forces in the Wild West. Mariotte does a fine job of paying homage to tradition without slipping into mere pastiche or cliche.
Desperadoes was a cool book that cheapened itself quite a bit near the end. An art change for the final story basically turned the lady member of the heroic travelers into a Bratz doll with distracting anatomy. The colors at this point went downhill as well. Even the last story itself didn't live up to the others and will in no way reward you. If you can hang with that, the book is a pretty fun read about the West mashed up with supernatural horror. I'm not sorry I picked it up.
I kind of flip-flopped between three and four stars, but wen with four because the artwork and physical quality of the book was so great that it contributed alot to the overall reading experience. But the writing was kind of goofy, like the writer just wanted to throw something spooky into the stories, kind of forced. And there was too much star-crossed romance sub-plots for my manly tastes.
Award-winning author Jeffrey J. Mariotte has published more than 30 novels, including horror epic The Slab, award nominated teen horror quartet Witch Season, and the recent supernatural thrillers River Runs Red and Missing White Girl, in addition to tie-in novels and many, many comic books. He is also co-owner of specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. He lives in southeastern Arizona. ...more
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