Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron by Chuck Dixon - Book Review

From the back cover of Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron by Chuck Dixon: "The Lone Ranger and Tonto ride once again in this classic western tale set against the cruel backdrop of winter on the badlands of North Texas.

Acting alone, the Ranger takes it upon himself to stand in the way of Kiowa war parties who have broken from their reservation in Oklahoma. If the renegades make it far enough into Texas and meet up with their Comanche brothers, then the entire Lone Star State will become a battlefield!

Gunfights, chases, packs of wolves, murderous Comancheros, cavalry charges, daring escapes, treachery, and the wildest animal ever to roam the Wild West all feature in this ripping yarn of frontier justice with the most famous fictional lawman of them all."

This is a pretty accurate description of the story.  However, it wasn't nearly that exciting. The story reminded me of any number of television shows that I might watch today, with many cliches and stock characters.  Being a fan of Chuck Dixon's other work, I was a little disappointed.  There weren't any surprises or "a-ha" moments, just your standard Knight Errant-type story. The art by Esteve Pollswas okay, but I found myself having a hard time telling some of the characters apart.

I would give this story 3 out of 5 stars.  Read it if you're a Lone Ranger completest.  If you're looking for more exciting Lone Ranger stories, or just great westerns, read The Lone Ranger Omnibus by Brett Matthews or the novella "Hard Silver" by Steven R. Boyett, which you can find here.

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

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