01/09/2008. Contributed by Jill Roberts
pub: Titan/Vertigo. 144 page graphic novel. Price: £ 9.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84576-840-9.
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A modern day story set on an Indian reservation named Prairie Rose and the opening of a new casino by Red Crow, the Kickapoo Nation Casino and High Stakes Bingo Hall. There, the similarities between a traditional or spaghetti western ends.
It tells of the events that have led to Red Crow being the ruler of the reservation, rather like a Mafia don in Italy and the bodies strewn along the way. There's an FBI agent called Dash and the man called Nitz who sent him there, without telling Dash that a white man called Diesel is also an FBI agent. Dash returns to the reservation and it ends with his mother being scalped and left in the desert.
The story tends to shift point of view from one character to another, sometimes into flash back to several years ago, sometimes re-telling a recent event from another person's eyes to add other information.
This reads like a gangster comic. There are several shoot outs, murders, some murky under cover operations, shady past and plot twists. Red Crow has an 'end justifies the means' mentality. Nitz is not a good guy. There is also a shadowy 'trickster' character who turns up now and then to give events a nudge.
This story is printed on matt rather than glossy paper and the art is quite detailed in appearance. Well-written and laid out, not ruined by 'showy' tricks or minimal art. A good page-turner.
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