Created on May 21, 2012
and written by Category
: Comic Book Reviews
Publisher Name: Black Jack Press
Writer: Sean Fahey
Pencils: Borch Pena
Number of Pages: 9 pgs.
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
An annual Western anthology published by Sean and Seamus Fahey, and edited by Dave Davis. Volume One. Some of the most exciting emerging talents in comics come together to tell five tall tales of the American West.: “A Thousand Deaths,” written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, art by Juan Romera. An aging gunslinger struggles with his fear of the inevitable. “Thicker Than Water,” written by Sean Fahey, art by Lisandro Estherren. After turning his partner in to the Pinkertons, in order to save his brother’s life, a remorseful bank robber pays a visit to the man he betrayed and learns the true meaning of family. “Abigail,” written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, art by Jose Holder. Isolated and alone after her husband joins a posse to capture a band of murderers, an unusually resourceful frontier woman taps into her most base maternal instincts in order to protect her children from a brutal home invasion. “The Runt,” written by Sean Fahey, art by J.C. Grande. A scrappy, weathered old dog gives new meaning to the phrase “Man’s Best Friend,” when he is left to defend his fallen master from a series of blood thirsty scavengers. “Easy Livin’,” written by Sean Fahey, art by Borja “Borch” Pena. A good natured slice of frontier life piece honoring the adventurous spirit and tireless work ethic of the trappers and mountain men that succeeded in opening up the American West, in the face of endless challenges and constant hardship.
Tall Tales From the Badlands concludes with “Easy Livin.”
The issue starts off with Caleb and Hank reuniting after a while. They then trade some goods. Caleb recalls his long winter. Caleb leaves wishing Hank farewell and quite astonished at how short his stay was. The issue then follows Caleb as he goes hunting. Time passes as he does more hunting, and he comes to the conclusion he loves the life he’s living out in the wilderness.
Writer Sean Fahey sets the story up as if two friends are coming back to see each other. Then, he does a total left turn with the story focusing on one character. I feel he could have given us more about who Hank was beyond just Caleb. While the narrative ends nicely focusing on Caleb, it leaves the reader confused as the story drifts too far away from the premise. The art by Borch Pena is anything but. He knows how to draw the west, and gives us some great sequential art. He is definitely an artist who knows what he’s doing even with a weak script. As this anthology concludes, I cannot help feeling disappointed in what could have been in this Western anthology.
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