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El Diablo by Brian Azzarello and Daniel Zezelj

01/09/2008. Contributed by Jill Roberts

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pub: Titan/Vertigo. 104 page graphic novel. Price: 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84576-778-8.

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A horse thief takes on the identity of a bounty hunter that looks just like him, becomes a sheriff, seven years of a lovely life with a loving wife and the respect of the townsfolk. Until El Diablo comes to town, men are killed and the sheriff is tortured. The next morning, the sheriff and a posse ride out after El Diablo. Some men die on the trial, the remainder reach a town called Halo, where the man now called Sheriff Moses Stone originally came from and sets about killing the people that knew him as Elmer Huskey. He comes to realise that was a bad idea as he ends up being hanged for the past crimes of the real Sheriff Stone.

Definitely a Weird Western, horror, murder mystery and western elements in the same story. An absorbing read and good page-turner. The level of story telling and artwork are consistent, it reads like one story split into several chapters, rather than several stories crammed into one book, so there's room for plot development and characterisation. This helps it to flow quite easily. There are a few flashbacks but no jarring jump-cuts, it doesn't' go in for double page spreads, smart 'tricks' or cheap panel filling tactics. I like the use of matt paper, rather than glossy paper as makes it easier to read. Although there is a cartoonish lack of very fine detail, there is some background detail.

Jill Roberts

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