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This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in Death. Collecting: East Of West 1-5


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This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in Death. Collecting: East Of West 1-5

30 review for East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Re-read 2020 Hmm. Not sure why but this time around Hickman's Cowboy Apocalypse seemed a lot more interesting. I'm moving it up to a full 4 stars and starting in on volume 2 next. Read in 2015 I'm kinda intrigued. And I don't know what this has to do with anything, but every time the pasty dude got all angry and stabby, I kept hearing Kurt Russell in my head. Only not. Because the pasty guy is Death...of the Four Horsemen variety. He'd broken off from the other Horsemen, fallen in love, and then had Re-read 2020 Hmm. Not sure why but this time around Hickman's Cowboy Apocalypse seemed a lot more interesting. I'm moving it up to a full 4 stars and starting in on volume 2 next. Read in 2015 I'm kinda intrigued. And I don't know what this has to do with anything, but every time the pasty dude got all angry and stabby, I kept hearing Kurt Russell in my head. Only not. Because the pasty guy is Death...of the Four Horsemen variety. He'd broken off from the other Horsemen, fallen in love, and then had it all snatched away from him. Now he's out for revenge. Cowboy style! This is an alternate reality story, set in a dystopian future with the Wild West as the backdrop. There's some prophecy about the End of Days, and a whole bunch of world leaders running around trying to actively bring on the Apocalypse. Which makes very little sense to me, because that doesn't seem to be in anyone's best interest. And then there's Death...running around trying to avenge his lady love. Anyway. I'm a bit on the fence about the whole apocalypse storyline, but there was a nice twist towards the end that makes me think I want to come back and find out more. If nothing else, I finished this quickly, so it's definitely not a story you have to slog through.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Oh, dystopian sci-fi! Crap like this is why I don’t read you that often! Let’s see: the American Civil War lasted a lot longer because Native Americans got involved. Mystical stuff happened and the world (or was it just this country) was divided up into different parts. The Four Horseman of the Apocalyse are embodied as little kids but they’re one short. It seems that Death is a colorless (as in, drawn all white) adult cowboy, who’s accompanied by two witches (spirits, ghosts?). And he’s angry be Oh, dystopian sci-fi! Crap like this is why I don’t read you that often! Let’s see: the American Civil War lasted a lot longer because Native Americans got involved. Mystical stuff happened and the world (or was it just this country) was divided up into different parts. The Four Horseman of the Apocalyse are embodied as little kids but they’re one short. It seems that Death is a colorless (as in, drawn all white) adult cowboy, who’s accompanied by two witches (spirits, ghosts?). And he’s angry because some important people did something mean to him a bunch of years ago. And the three remaining kids/horseman are angry so they’re gonna hunt Death down and um, kill him. Look, I’m not an idiot and I don’t mind being spoon fed important plot information, here and there, but man this was a truly difficult read. I was happy that each comic issue had blank white pages separating them. This meant I able to quickly turn the pages but didn’t have to read the actual comic. Characters kept talking about something vague and all powerful called the “The Message”. “Message” received loud and clear - don’t read anymore of this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    This was even better the second time I read it! Reread: February 2016 First read: January 2015

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This might be the most “That-was-not-what-I-was-expecting-at-all” experience I have ever had with a graphic novel. I have seen it listed on Hoopla before and always wanted to give it a try. Fate brought it my way sooner than expected when my Father-In-Law handed me the first three volumes and said, “These were weird, want to read them?” . . . . Well, of course I do! The premise is a futuristic America where we never quite got past the Wild West. I guess you could call it a Cowboy-Punk story (does This might be the most “That-was-not-what-I-was-expecting-at-all” experience I have ever had with a graphic novel. I have seen it listed on Hoopla before and always wanted to give it a try. Fate brought it my way sooner than expected when my Father-In-Law handed me the first three volumes and said, “These were weird, want to read them?” . . . . Well, of course I do! The premise is a futuristic America where we never quite got past the Wild West. I guess you could call it a Cowboy-Punk story (does that work as a genre???) And, on top of that, the world is in the middle of the biblical apocalypse. But, the apocalypse cannot go quite according to plan when not all the horsemen are on board. So, yes, it was weird, a bit hard to follow, and it took a half to two thirds for me to really get into what was a going on. But, I was quite fascinated by the story and I look forward to seeing where it goes. The minds behind this are twisted and creative – I cannot imagine how they came up with this craziness! Art wise, I am enjoying it so far. Sometimes the faces felt a little bit off to me, but overall, it is pleasing to the eye. I thought it was cool how in any of the flashbacks the art was the same, but had a washed out quality. Another thing that this book incorporated in the art that I have seen in several other graphic novels is very precise artistic panels combined with more impressionistic panels to give just a general feeling for the atmosphere, landscape, etc. It all works together very nicely. If weird, futuristic sci-fi with a western feel sounds like your thing, try it out. Just remember that I warned you that it is really weird!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I know the refrain from reviewers for Jonathan Hickman is that his Image, creator-owned stuff is better than his work-for-hire Marvel material but I have to say he’s very much up and down on both sides of the comic fence. For every great FF and Architects of Forever series you get a baffling title like his Avengers and New Avengers, and for every brilliant title like God Is Dead and Manhattan Projects you get an utterly dismal Nightly News and East of West. I disliked East of West for so many re I know the refrain from reviewers for Jonathan Hickman is that his Image, creator-owned stuff is better than his work-for-hire Marvel material but I have to say he’s very much up and down on both sides of the comic fence. For every great FF and Architects of Forever series you get a baffling title like his Avengers and New Avengers, and for every brilliant title like God Is Dead and Manhattan Projects you get an utterly dismal Nightly News and East of West. I disliked East of West for so many reasons - it’s not much of a story and full of cliches, there aren’t many ideas and the ones Hickman uses have been done before and better in other media, the characters are moronic, and the entire concept of yet another end of world scenario from Hickman is just laboured and boring. In East of West, an alternate world where an extra long American Civil War led to the creation of seven separate states that make up America. For some reason the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in kid form, have shown up minus Death who is for some reason a pure white adult gunslinger looking for his wife(!). The three horsemen set out to find Death to complete their group and bring about Armageddon. Or something like that. It’s Old West meets Star Wars meets Far East meets boring. This is comic where I was constantly made aware of other media like movies, TV shows, and comics, I’d seen before being mined for material to make up this book. First off the four horsemen of the Apocalypse thing has been done to death since forever - making them kids is hardly a game changer, nor is making Death a pure white gunslinger (and I don’t mean racially, I mean every facet of this dude from his boots to his hat to his long white hair is alabaster white). Then we have the whole divided states of America thing which is something hack writers like Harry Turtledove have made a career out of writing about plus there’s been this board game called Risk which has been around for decades which takes a similar premise. Death has these flashbacks from a time when he - Death - was somehow “killed”, or something, by a group of people whom he is now hunting down. That entire sequence and setup looks and feels just like The Bride’s story from Kill Bill. Then we have the look and feel of the world which by turns looks like that 80s kids TV show Bravestarr, Star Wars’ Coruscant, and 2000AD’s Missionary Man. Nothing about artist Nick Dragotta’s treatment of this comic looks at all original. I just didn’t get the story at all - who Death is, whether he really is Death, ie. the natural state of living beings’ conclusion to life, or not. If he is, why are the other horsemen kids, and why is he at odds with them? Also why is he hunting down these men who wronged him physically when, seeing he is an anthropomorphic personification, he can simply emerge anywhere? He doesn’t need guns does he? And why does he need a wife? Death got married and had a kid? WTF!!! Oh and another thing that Death’s wife, Xiaolian, reminded me of was Talia Al-Ghul from Batman. And of course, being Asian, she spends her time tending to her lotuses in a zen garden called Tranquility (golf clap, Hickman). Somehow the people of this world accept that the President and his entire cabinet have been systematically murdered (decapitated in nearly every instance) and have no objections to someone called Antonia LeVay who also looks like Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, becoming the new President. Antonia LeVay - another golf clap, Hickman. “I need a villainess’ name… how about I take the famous Satanist Anton LeVay’s name and feminise it? Brilliant!”. And if you can take all of this nonsense seriously, then the finale will really lose you. See, stories are interesting when there are stakes and our heroes have vulnerabilities - the first gives us narrative tension, the second also does this but also adds the creative element to creative writing. The writer has to figure out how the hero or heroes will overcome obstacles in the story. Well, when you have Death as the hero and his two ghost Indian shape-changing buddies, none of whom can be killed, and are ridiculously powerful that nothing can get in their way, then you’ve failed on both counts. Death and his two companions face an ENTIRE ARMY and take it out in a few pages without blinking. Using six shooters and magic animals, they decimate an entire army who’re shooting lasers, bullets, and all kinds of explosives at them and they’re barely scratched. Oh, now I’m really on the edge of my seat. If literally nothing can harm them and they’re invincible, then why should I care about this climactic battle when said battle will be so one-sided? One final thing - this whole story is about the end of the world brought about by the Beast of the Apocalypse. Maybe it’s because I’ve read too many Hickman books where this has been the case, but I’m getting pretty tired of reading a Hickman comic where the story is about the end of the world. Hickman’s used this plot element so much, it’s become a joke. His Avengers books are about the Avengers stopping the end of the world - the same goes for his FF books, his Infinity mini-series, the Manhattan Projects, Architects of Forever, God Is Dead and now East of West, all of which are about the end of the world. Hearing about the end of the world is not interesting when every single book has the end of the world as the stake - it feels lazy and uninspired, like shorthand for saying “this story is important”. What must it be like to live in Jonathan Hickman’s mind where every single story has to be about the end of the world? So that’s East of West, at least as I experienced it: dull story, cliched characters, and not a single original element in the entire five issues. Nick Dragotta’s art is the only good thing about it but I think I’m about done with Jonathan Hickman for a while - there are only so many comics where doomsday is de rigeur that I can read and East of West pushed me past that limit. This is one seriously overrated and dreary comic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will M.

    This is a good graphic novel about the apocalypse. I tend to hate novels/graphic novels about the apocalypse because they tend to be repetitive and unsatisfactory. East of West has an interesting plot and great characters. It's forgivable for the first volume to have a confusing plot. What made it confusing for this one is the terrible introduction. The writer should have done it better. The world is poorly introduced, thus it made the plot a bit confusing. What made up for that would be the end This is a good graphic novel about the apocalypse. I tend to hate novels/graphic novels about the apocalypse because they tend to be repetitive and unsatisfactory. East of West has an interesting plot and great characters. It's forgivable for the first volume to have a confusing plot. What made it confusing for this one is the terrible introduction. The writer should have done it better. The world is poorly introduced, thus it made the plot a bit confusing. What made up for that would be the ending and the characters. I really enjoyed the characters that the author created. The plot is filled with violence. I really enjoy it when a western is violent, and all the head cutting just added to the positive aspects. 4/5 stars. Not the best graphic novel out there, but I'm intrigued as to how the plot will develop. I'm hoping the ending of this one isn't just a gimmick. Can't wait to read the next volume.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    We all know about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, right? The coming of Conquest, War, Famine, and Death will signify the coming of the said Apocalypse (with the capital letter). Well, it turns out there are people whose sole goal of life is to ensure their coming - I have no idea why anybody would want this and the reason for this was not even hinted at in the book. Anyhow, the Horsemen are ready, except that Death (it is drawn as a guy in the book and plays the male role, so I will refer to We all know about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, right? The coming of Conquest, War, Famine, and Death will signify the coming of the said Apocalypse (with the capital letter). Well, it turns out there are people whose sole goal of life is to ensure their coming - I have no idea why anybody would want this and the reason for this was not even hinted at in the book. Anyhow, the Horsemen are ready, except that Death (it is drawn as a guy in the book and plays the male role, so I will refer to it as "he") fell in love with a woman and does not care about anything else anymore. Obviously you cannot have a proper old-fashioned Apocalypse (with the capital letter) with only three Horsemen so it looks like it will not come which leaves a lot of people/beings royally pissed off. They neutralized Death somehow - again nobody bothered to explain how; I would be very curious to see any being - including supernatural - does it. They also killed his love interest. Now the Death is back and he plays gunslinger in dystopian wasteland shooting the people who wronged him left and right - basically doing his job. I want to make it clear: the only reason I gave this otherwise 2 star book 3 stars was the very original idea and the cool epigraph: "There was only one woman who managed to conquer Death". The rest of the book is quite frankly boring. Character development: that is this mysterious thing you talk about? There is none at all: nada, zero, zilch. I have no clue who Death's companions are and why they chose to follow him. I have no idea why human Apocalypse supporters decided it would be a good idea to double-cross Death: I mean he is immortal (?) by definition. Most importantly the book suffers from numerous Western cliches. I am not talking trivial things like about Death shooting his gun non-stop and never bother reloading it. Imagine the following situation: the Gunslinger - I mean Death - comes to even the score with a person who wronged him. What does the latter do? Gives long 2-page pointless speech before promptly getting shot. Exciting, is not it; I could hardly contained my yawns. Once again, this is Death we talk about, immortal and invulnerable: somehow I have no doubt about the final outcome. This comic book can be skipped without any reservations unless you are a huge fan of both Westerns AND dystopia. This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/883935...-

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    4 stars! This was fun, I was kinda confused to start off with since the art style is a bit confusing as there’s so much going on in one frame but then I got used to it the further I read. The art is very cool, it reminds me a lot of the X-Men comics and it’s humour is very ‘Saga’ like. Would recommend you try it out if you like the Saga series. Can’t wait to pick up the next volume!

  9. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    The best comic series on the market right now and I haven’t reviewed the first volume? That better change! BTW, there’s some politically incorrect humor in this review, you’ve been warned. What’s it about? The four horsemen of the apocalypse are reborn (this happens a fair bit) except one... DEATH! Death is searching for his love who he hasn’t seen in a long time and will do whatever it takes to find her as a lot of crazy political s*** is happening and the apocalypse is coming. Why it gets 5 stars The best comic series on the market right now and I haven’t reviewed the first volume? That better change! BTW, there’s some politically incorrect humor in this review, you’ve been warned. What’s it about? The four horsemen of the apocalypse are reborn (this happens a fair bit) except one... DEATH! Death is searching for his love who he hasn’t seen in a long time and will do whatever it takes to find her as a lot of crazy political s*** is happening and the apocalypse is coming. Why it gets 5 stars: The story is unique, creative, weird, interesting, bad-a**, insane and extremely well written! The art is some of the best art in comics right now. Dragotta is freaking amazing, so is Martin. Fantastic job! The characters are all very interesting. My favorite is Death of course, this book’s rendition of him is bad-a**, sorta like a western action hero in a pre-apocalyptic land, I love it! The action scenes... holy s***, the action scenes! The action scenes in this series are some of the best in comics! Very well drawn, intense and bloody! There’s lots of them too! The suspense! Oh my gosh the suspense! I was expecting this to be predictable but it is not! This is one of the most suspenseful comics ever! There’s a bit of humor thrown in there, I like that. The social commentary is some of the best commentary I have seen in comics. Usually it’s just whoever’s writing jerking off to CNN and complaining that all white men are evil (often said by a white man) but this is great! It’s sure to make Wimpy McGee and the safe-space friends cry (if they’re smart enough to understand it... or read for that matter), it’s not too biased and it’s subtle. It doesn’t beat the s*** out of the message it’s trying to give, I wish more writers did that! The world building is super well done. The dialogue is fantastic. There is romance in this series and it’s extremely well done! Overall: If you like comics but ain’t reading East of West, what the f*** are you doing? READ THIS S***! There’s too many wonderful things I have to say about this book, this is the best current comic series out there, possibly the best comic series ever. I can not recommend this book enough! 5/5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review: This is so Hickman, it's not even funny. I think the biggest reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I actually have half an idea of what is going on - more than I ever did with that stupid Avengers White Event crap. Coworker lent me volume 2, so here goes nuthin'!!! Bullet Review: This is so Hickman, it's not even funny. I think the biggest reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I actually have half an idea of what is going on - more than I ever did with that stupid Avengers White Event crap. Coworker lent me volume 2, so here goes nuthin'!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Rey

    I found this kind of confusing, but overall very enjoyable. I will be picking up the next volume!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    East of West is the quintessential Jonathan Hickman book. It starts out confusing and comprehension can only be earned by rereads. A Hickman book is also heavy in alternate history and pseudosciences which this title has in spades. This book is definitely unlike any other in the market right now. It's different from his Marvel books where in Avengers he may be trying to erase the concept of hero, they are still heroes, in East of West, there's no hero, but an anti-hero, similar in vein to Clint E East of West is the quintessential Jonathan Hickman book. It starts out confusing and comprehension can only be earned by rereads. A Hickman book is also heavy in alternate history and pseudosciences which this title has in spades. This book is definitely unlike any other in the market right now. It's different from his Marvel books where in Avengers he may be trying to erase the concept of hero, they are still heroes, in East of West, there's no hero, but an anti-hero, similar in vein to Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name archtype. I mean, the Horseman of Death could harld be considered a hero if he is the clear protagonist in this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    East of West: The Promise promises lots of interesting stuff, based on this first volume, and I took my time with it, but still am not sure what I think of it. I like the art. The story is basically a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse story where they are kids, and the central character is one of them, Death, who is looking for someone. Okay, it's his wife. Wife? Wife. So he's not a kid. He's a cowboy. Once the image of good guys in comics, now the bad guy vs Native Americans, at least. Oh, and th East of West: The Promise promises lots of interesting stuff, based on this first volume, and I took my time with it, but still am not sure what I think of it. I like the art. The story is basically a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse story where they are kids, and the central character is one of them, Death, who is looking for someone. Okay, it's his wife. Wife? Wife. So he's not a kid. He's a cowboy. Once the image of good guys in comics, now the bad guy vs Native Americans, at least. Oh, and that Apocalypse aspect of the Four Horsemen is the basic premise here, we are at the End of Time. And it's also a Western, pro-Native American. And with lots of violence in it. Oh, and it's sci fi, too, with some futuristic high tech. And Mao, or one of them. And the murder of the POTUS (not the present one). And none of these threads come together in the first volume! It's all Confusing-First-Volume, I promise it will all come together in the end, says Hickman, I guess. Promises, promises. Somebody tell me it is all worth it and and at least some of it comes together? Personally, I got a little intrigued about this because I had just read the non fiction study of the end of Arctic ice in The End of the Ice, and the end-of-times The Dark Mountain Manifesto, and I often read some dystopian work of various kinds. There's a lot of it out there, eh? So this had me going because I had just read that stuff, but see the last paragraph for why this is a bit of work. So the setting is the American West and Death is a ghostly white (not all black, right) gunslinger, who has been killed? but is back to find his wife. The US seems to be divided into 7 different areas, sub-countries? and one of them is Native American, which accounts for some mystical ideas running through it. Ideas abound in this one, not all of them original, not sure if they are coherent, cohesive. Now I need to read other reviews to see what I missed. And read the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Nakat

    Don't read many graphic novels or comics, but this is a reminder of why I should read more. I really liked this book. It was a ton of fun and quite suspenseful. It had a cool twist on the normal western as well. The art is here really was fantastic, and the action scenes were pretty awesome. The character of Death was really great, and the book was just an entertaining ride. It was really confusing though, and some of the other characters were pretty one-dimensional, but I'm sure if I read on these Don't read many graphic novels or comics, but this is a reminder of why I should read more. I really liked this book. It was a ton of fun and quite suspenseful. It had a cool twist on the normal western as well. The art is here really was fantastic, and the action scenes were pretty awesome. The character of Death was really great, and the book was just an entertaining ride. It was really confusing though, and some of the other characters were pretty one-dimensional, but I'm sure if I read on these issues would be corrected. 3.5/5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I'm honestly not entirely sure how I feel about this book. There are some interesting and clever concepts, and the art is fantastic. But there's a lot being thrown out all at once. Too much, I think. Yes, the story is obviously on a grand scale. One of the characters is Death, and the Apocalypse is at stake. So there has to be a lot going on, but it doesn't all need to happen at once. This could end up being a grand story, but I don't know if I'm up for it. I'm honestly not entirely sure how I feel about this book. There are some interesting and clever concepts, and the art is fantastic. But there's a lot being thrown out all at once. Too much, I think. Yes, the story is obviously on a grand scale. One of the characters is Death, and the Apocalypse is at stake. So there has to be a lot going on, but it doesn't all need to happen at once. This could end up being a grand story, but I don't know if I'm up for it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Super enjoyed this one! Cool premise, executed well. One of the best I've read in awhile. Super enjoyed this one! Cool premise, executed well. One of the best I've read in awhile.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    I read this last night, followed right after by Vol. 2...I must disclose this to you my loyal followers and Shallows...I was high as fuck on Percs. Therefore, I'm not sure, but I think this made it far more interesting to me than it had any right to be. I woke up this afternoon to explain the basic plot to my wife, and afterwards, even I thought I was a raving lunatic... In a parallel Earth, the American Civil War had an entirely different outcome. There were then 7 sectors that the US was divided I read this last night, followed right after by Vol. 2...I must disclose this to you my loyal followers and Shallows...I was high as fuck on Percs. Therefore, I'm not sure, but I think this made it far more interesting to me than it had any right to be. I woke up this afternoon to explain the basic plot to my wife, and afterwards, even I thought I was a raving lunatic... In a parallel Earth, the American Civil War had an entirely different outcome. There were then 7 sectors that the US was divided into (Texas, New Shanghai, New Orleans, Dead Lands (Native) and some other shit.) The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse came to Earth minus Death, who didn't show up. They're reincarnated as Children this time...and all different colours...ya. So they're actually the figureheads of a Religion called "The Message". Death is like the Clint Eastwood character, from Josey Wales/Unforgiven. Going around and revenging for being killed...wait...Death was killed? Umm...huh? Turns out the heads of the 7 families/sections of US didn't like him. He's Tarantinoing them. With the help of his 2 trusty Native helpers, Wolf and Crow (these characters are black and white.) Death is all White instead of black, so we know with the cowboy hat, he's the good guy...I think... Then we discover he's super pissed because they took his wife...Death had a wife...yup. She's this Asian girl, who's the daughter of MAO V, the 5th descendant of Mao Zedong...ya. Then he gets info, and goes and with his 2 helpers, destroys the ENTIRE New Shanghai army. She's not happy to see him, because she blames him for the death of their child...ya...Death has a kid! Then he reveals something, and goes on a quest... Ya. Me too Slim. Me too... If I hadn't been high this might have hurt my head. Instead, it's like when you're super exhausted but you stay up to watch a shitty B-movie on late night TV, and are very amused by it. I was amused, I smirked, and was like...OK sure why not. However...this is a derivative piece of writing which I'm amazed hasn't got Hickman sued 10 ways til Tuesday. It's a ripoff of just about EVERYTHING. So I'm very conflicted, because I see that, but yet, my altered state found it amusing, but not enjoyable...I mean, it was better than Justice League Trinity War...(sorry Anne!) but still...I'm not going to say it was good. It wasn't bad. It just was. I read part 2 as well...because I got high. I don't feel like I should recommend this, but I also feel like it's a trip...Kinda like watching The Wall movie...same rules: DON'T DO IT SOBER! Get this review and more at:

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz Janet

    THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE? DEATH AS HUMANITY'S SAVIOUR? CREEPY CHILDREN? This is one of those that requires a few re-reads to truly comprehend what the hell is going on. 5 More Comic Book Series Everyone Should Read THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE? DEATH AS HUMANITY'S SAVIOUR? CREEPY CHILDREN? This is one of those that requires a few re-reads to truly comprehend what the hell is going on. 5 More Comic Book Series Everyone Should Read

  19. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Update - 2/24/20 - Well I enjoyed this one a lot more this read too, so bumping this one up to a 4 as well. It is still confusing at first, and gathering who everyone is, and going back and forth between time periods. But, once you get settled in, it's extremely interesting world. Now that the series is done I plan on reading it all! I didn't love the first half of this book. Needlessly complicated at first, back and forth feel of characters, nothing connecting. However, when it slows down and g Update - 2/24/20 - Well I enjoyed this one a lot more this read too, so bumping this one up to a 4 as well. It is still confusing at first, and gathering who everyone is, and going back and forth between time periods. But, once you get settled in, it's extremely interesting world. Now that the series is done I plan on reading it all! I didn't love the first half of this book. Needlessly complicated at first, back and forth feel of characters, nothing connecting. However, when it slows down and gets to the meat of it all, it really does becoming engrossing to read. I especially enjoyed Death at the end of this comic and you can feel his pain. Overall interesting take on the four horsemen. I'll be reading more of this series now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review of this trade paperback at: https://bookidote.wordpress.com/2016/... Yours truly, Lashaan Lashaan & Trang | Bloggers and Book Reviewers Official blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com ______________________________ Fairly interesting take on the Four Horsemen. Might have stumbled a little in setting the table for future volumes. Still going to check out what volume 2 has in store for me. :D P.S. A full review of this will come soon enough ! Yours truly, Lashaan Lashaan & Trang | Blogge You can find my review of this trade paperback at: https://bookidote.wordpress.com/2016/... Yours truly, Lashaan Lashaan & Trang | Bloggers and Book Reviewers Official blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com ______________________________ Fairly interesting take on the Four Horsemen. Might have stumbled a little in setting the table for future volumes. Still going to check out what volume 2 has in store for me. :D P.S. A full review of this will come soon enough ! Yours truly, Lashaan Lashaan & Trang | Bloggers and Book Reviewers Official blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rituraj Kashyap

    A somewhat cliched concept. Starts off confusing but gets a bit comprehensible after a while. The first arc is not sufficient to decide how the story fares. Character development was an issue, which I hope the later volumes remedy. Liked Nick Dragotta's art, especially the minimalist covers. A somewhat cliched concept. Starts off confusing but gets a bit comprehensible after a while. The first arc is not sufficient to decide how the story fares. Character development was an issue, which I hope the later volumes remedy. Liked Nick Dragotta's art, especially the minimalist covers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    I weeble-wobble when it comes to Hickman's work. He has written some incredible stuff, and on the flip side he has written some stuff that just leaves me scratching my head. After reading this first trade, I can confidently say that this is my favorite work from him to date. Going through some of the reviews on here, I just don't get how there are some that are giving it the stink eye. There wasn't anything in this comic, at all, that I didn't enjoy. The story was easy enough to follow, I liked t I weeble-wobble when it comes to Hickman's work. He has written some incredible stuff, and on the flip side he has written some stuff that just leaves me scratching my head. After reading this first trade, I can confidently say that this is my favorite work from him to date. Going through some of the reviews on here, I just don't get how there are some that are giving it the stink eye. There wasn't anything in this comic, at all, that I didn't enjoy. The story was easy enough to follow, I liked the cast of characters - Death's side kicks were freaking awesome - and that old dude (one of the chosen) with the mustache was cool as a cucumber! There were panels in almost every single issue of this trade that made me mumble under my breath how fucking cool they were to look at! I dunno - I never really thought I was going to be able to call myself a Hickman fan. I felt like the kid that gets left out of all the cool parties. Now, however, I've got this under my belt, and I can finally jump on the bandwagon! Part western...part sci-fi...kick ass battles...and a very mysterious story line! I say, Hell-Yeah!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jose

    Orochimaru starring in a Western? Sephiroth weapon switching? A Gunslinger Randall Flag? The lore is a strong intermix of Book of Revelation’s Seven Horsemen of the Apocalypse and American Civil War(the actual one, not Marvel arc). The unrest comes to halt when a Comet strikes Kansas(nothing Kryptonian), causing the ‘seven’ warring factions(like the seven biblical seals) into an Armistice. Meanwhile there is a secret message in terms of three separate prophecies, for which the Four Horsemen(Death, Orochimaru starring in a Western? Sephiroth weapon switching? A Gunslinger Randall Flag? The lore is a strong intermix of Book of Revelation’s Seven Horsemen of the Apocalypse and American Civil War(the actual one, not Marvel arc). The unrest comes to halt when a Comet strikes Kansas(nothing Kryptonian), causing the ‘seven’ warring factions(like the seven biblical seals) into an Armistice. Meanwhile there is a secret message in terms of three separate prophecies, for which the Four Horsemen(Death, War, Famine and Conquest) are on a quest. When things can’t go presumably anymore weirder, Death falls in love with Chairman Mao II’s daughter(yup, Chinese in exile are a faction among the seven, east of west, see) and is sidetracked from Horsemen mission of apocalypse. And this much is only half of the premise. Anyway Clint Eastwoood-y Nemesis dressed Death in a Priest like universe is kind of strangely alluring. Though everything in this sci fi alternative history take is bat-shit crazy, I am intrigued to follow the series further.

  24. 4 out of 5

    A. Blumer

    This was a great take on an apocalypse story. The characters for the four horsemen are very intriguing and Death is on the run for the sake of love. The plot here will grab you right away and all of the characters will keep you locked in. I highly recommend getting into this one and I will be purchasing more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hassan

    3.5 stars it was kinda slow, a lot of information had been thrown in my face, and it took forever to process what the heck is going on, other than that, it's very good 3.5 stars it was kinda slow, a lot of information had been thrown in my face, and it took forever to process what the heck is going on, other than that, it's very good

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    "The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us." I'll tell you why this is so great: simplicity. It isn't as much vague as it is sparse, large as it is empty space, complex as it is connected. It's really straight forward actually. And it is beautifully illustrated. All right, but why is it great? And because of what? The magic of Hickman is his ability to go from subtle to blatant and the use of the dramatic, with downright impressive writing. This is pretty quiet, overall "The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us." I'll tell you why this is so great: simplicity. It isn't as much vague as it is sparse, large as it is empty space, complex as it is connected. It's really straight forward actually. And it is beautifully illustrated. All right, but why is it great? And because of what? The magic of Hickman is his ability to go from subtle to blatant and the use of the dramatic, with downright impressive writing. This is pretty quiet, overall, not unlike a western, with occasional (sometimes literal) raging cannon bursts that rip across the page with color and sound. And I'll admit, I'm a pretty naïve reader. I haven't read any other westerns. I don't really read that many indie comics. So maybe this is cliché, maybe it isn't. It doesn't strike me as cliché. I've never read a comic about the Four Horseman, about a white rider that is death, about The Message, about a post-apoc America split into factions (apart from Snyder's Wake mini-series, now that I think about it). So it's all shiny and new. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think so. It wouldn't rate this well if it were just me. It doesn't strike me as recycled. All art begets all art but this didn't feel like anything else. What's it about? We can all read the back cover. What it's actually about is love, and that may surprise you. The Four Horseman split up because Xiaolian, a New Shangai warrior, once conquered Death with love. And Death abandoned the Apocalypse. There. There's your Why. Don't dig deeper, that's it at its core. "You come face to face with love, and before the sun sets, you've become someone you didn't used to be. It makes the old new. Makes dead things live. Love makes you into something better." (Talking about Xiaolian) "A lotus, the death and resurrection of love." Reading this, I thought a better way of saying it is 'the death of death and the resurrection of love.' So that's why Death is doing what he's doing. Fighting against the Horseman because it's against his very nature. Destroying The Message. Destroying all that stands in the path of love. But isn't that hypocritical? Isn't death for love still death? Isn't he kidding himself? Am I ever going to answer these questions? They don't need answering. We are all hypocrites. It's where his heart lies that matters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alja (alyaofwinterfell)

    4.5 stars Death is on a hunt, and God help anyone who tries to stop him. The cult led by the Four Men of the Apocalypse took something that belongs to him and he is adamant to get it back, no matter the cost. Set in a vividly imagined sci fi/dystopian world where the events of the US Civil War drastically changed the outcome of the future, the Four Men of the Apocalypse engage in an epic battle with Death himself. They are trying to bring about the prophesized end of the world, and Death is none t 4.5 stars Death is on a hunt, and God help anyone who tries to stop him. The cult led by the Four Men of the Apocalypse took something that belongs to him and he is adamant to get it back, no matter the cost. Set in a vividly imagined sci fi/dystopian world where the events of the US Civil War drastically changed the outcome of the future, the Four Men of the Apocalypse engage in an epic battle with Death himself. They are trying to bring about the prophesized end of the world, and Death is none too pleased about it. I can't sufficiently express my love for this comic. The beggining starts off a bit confusing and it takes a while for all the pieces to fall in place, but once they do... what a stunning picture they make! We are thrown into a strange and yet familiar world, where East meets West and western meets sci fi. The pace is fast and the characters are intriguing, and I'm in awe of the imagination of the writer and the artist who drew up this insane world. This comic includes a lot of violence and gory scenes, as well as some truly touching and memorable ones. It makes me want to pick up the sequel immediately and it kills me that I'll have to wait for at least 3 weeks to actually get it in mail! If you're a fan of Preacher or any other western-inspired, action-packed comic, you will love this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    A post-Apocalyptic Western that involves the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. It's a little more reserved than Manhattan Projects, probably because it's a different genre and Hickman can't play with all the science fiction tropes he does in MP. It's good though, largely because it's so pretty to look at. I wasn't always a fan of some of Dragotta's Marvel work, but he really comes into his own when he's free from drawing corporate owned characters. A post-Apocalyptic Western that involves the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. It's a little more reserved than Manhattan Projects, probably because it's a different genre and Hickman can't play with all the science fiction tropes he does in MP. It's good though, largely because it's so pretty to look at. I wasn't always a fan of some of Dragotta's Marvel work, but he really comes into his own when he's free from drawing corporate owned characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Steampunk, alternate history, Native American and Eastern mysticism, combined with three of the horsemen of the apocalypse hunting the fourth to kill him. What's not to like? Good story telling, great artwork. Looking forward to the next volume. Steampunk, alternate history, Native American and Eastern mysticism, combined with three of the horsemen of the apocalypse hunting the fourth to kill him. What's not to like? Good story telling, great artwork. Looking forward to the next volume.

  30. 4 out of 5

    First Second Books

    I finally read the first 3 trades of East of West that I bought like a year and a half ago. Nick Dragotta's art is pretty awesome, the colors by Frank Martin are gorgeous, and I tore right through these. I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I finally read the first 3 trades of East of West that I bought like a year and a half ago. Nick Dragotta's art is pretty awesome, the colors by Frank Martin are gorgeous, and I tore right through these. I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

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