Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lone Ranger Omnibus Volume 1 by Brett Matthews - Book Review

The Lone Ranger Omnibus, by Brett Matthews, contains issues 0-25 of the series.  However, I was only given access to issues 1-5, so my review will be based on that.

I loved this book.  I remember watching the Lone Ranger movie as a kid and really liking the story. This comic is even better.  John Reid was chasing a fugitive with his fellow Rangers, including his brother and father, when they were ambushed. Believing the Rangers to be dead, the criminals left. Reid was discovered still alive by Tonto, an Indian. Tonto nurses him back to health while Reid looks for revenge.

Matthews has taken this familiar story of revenge, and dialed it in even more.  The interaction between Reid and Tonto is excellent.  Also, I don't remember there being such an age difference (or at least appearing like there is), but it works, with Tonto acting the wise guardian.  Reid's struggles with revenge and killing men is also clearly dealt with. The story is very much a slow burn, as the action takes a while, but it began to pick up in the 4th or 5th issue.

The art by Sergio Cariello and Paul Pope was fantastic, perfectly capturing the sense of the wild west of Texas.

I highly recommend this book to any fans of Westerns or the Lone Ranger.  I look forward to reading more in this series.

I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment in exchange for an honest review.

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