Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Death Comes to Dillinger #1 (of 2)

In my continuing effort to "try something new every week" a la Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, i picked up a cool little book this wed called Death Comes to Dillinger from Silent Devil, written and created by James Patrick w/ pencils by "Se7enhedd" (?). 

Death Comes to Dillinger takes place in the small "old west" town of Dillinger (surprise!), and begins as Death himself, in the form of a weathered skeletal cowboy badass (think Clint Eastwood's bizarro bad-guy twin risen from the grave), rides in to claim the soul of a dying young girl. 

The girl's father, an accountant with little experience w/ a pistol, challenges Death to a good 'ole fashioned duel in the dust at high noon (actually dawn in this case).  Should the Father's bullet strike first, Death leaves town empty handed (since he can't be killed) and the daughter's life is spared, but should Death's bullet strike first, he leaves town w/ 2 souls instead of one.  Oh my.

As interesting as this all sounds though, it's not the story that moves this book - it's the execution.

Patrick and Se7enhedd (that's the penciler's name as provided, first and last) have done a fabulous job of creating a very cool, nostalgic "old west" atmosphere, complete w/ all the dirt, grit, and tension we expect from good westerns.  The townsfolk of Dillinger can "see" Death and most recognize and respect why he's visiting, but the town closes down in fear at first since no one is sure exactly for whom he's come.  Some folks is scared and some is downright angry.  The tension is palpable and you can almost hear the shutters slamming and the silence fall just like in an old spaghetti western right before the climactic shootout.

The art here is fantastic (reminds me ever so slightly of a sketchier Clayton Crane), and is most of the reason i picked up the flop in the first place...  but make no mistake, the story had me from the first page to the last, and is def one of those that pulls you in rather than talks at you.  Good, good stuff all around.

Best flop i've read this week.  A.

PS - Anyone else reading this?  How old is it?  Is #2 (of 2) already out?


26 May, 2006 10:04, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Missed this in my On the Shelves preview, but grabbed it when I saw it in the shop on Wednesday. The art hooked me at first, too, but the story's a great, moody read. Noticed Western Tales of Terror's Joshua Hale Fialkov was the editor, which would have been enough to get me to pick it up sight unseen.

BTW, I'm pretty sure #1 just came out this week and you haven't missed #2 yet.

28 May, 2006 12:33, Blogger Christian Beranek said...

#2 goes to the printers next week. We print our books in Hong Kong, so expect it back sometime in July or so.

Glad you enjoyed part 1!

29 May, 2006 13:50, Blogger zilla said...

Christian - loved #1 and i'm def looking forward to #2. any chance there will be more beyond that?


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I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

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I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

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