It's been a long time,
I shouldn't have left you,
Without some dope comics to look through!!
Welcome back once again, fellow QUESTERS, to TEX'S BACK-ISSUE QUEST, a place where I can fill your hungry heads with lots of comic book knowledge that you can't get in any college!
Today we head into some weird wild western goodness with...WYNONNA EARP!!! Check it!
It's my sweet copy of Wynonna Earp #1!!
Wynonna Earp #1 was published by Image Comics in 1996, and features the first appearances of Wynonna Earp, The U.S. Marshalls' Monster Squad, and her nemesis, the vicious, vile, voracious vampire, Bobo Del Rey and his powerful, bloodthirsty clan, La Inmortalidad. In the comic, Wynonna Earp is a U.S. Marshall with a special unit called The Monster Squad, an elite group that takes on perps of the more dangerous, darker, supernatural type. Marshall Wynonna Earp the great granddaughter of the famous frontier lawman, Wyatt Earp. She carries his name proudly, pushing herself to her physical limits to be the best U.S. Marshall she can possibly be. Her athleticism, hand-to-hand combat skills, and marksmanship are all unmatched, but her greatest weapon may have been passed down from her famous great-grandad: a cool head in the face of death. Wynonna Earp was created by writer Beau Smith, and brought to the page by artist Joyce Chin.
Various Wynonna Earp titles have been published since 1996 with IDW taking over the publishing duties in 2003. Wynonna Earp is now enjoying a huge amount of renewed interest due to the critically acclaimed TV series that has been airing since 2016 on Syfy. It stars the drop-dead gorgeous Melanie Scrofano as the ornery title character:
I have been watching the show since it debuted, and it has sure made me a fan. It's got a little Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and a little of Tombstone in it, which makes it REALLY fine by ol' TEX. Why? Because those are sure 'nuff two of my favorite things to watch, ya betcha by golly. And the second season is heads and shoulders above the first season. Loving it. But...The comic and the TV show have some distinct differences. On to the fun facts!!
FUN FACT 1 - The TV Show has some great characters that the comic does not, like Doc Holiday, played with a cool, comic bent by Tim Rozon, Waverly Earp, played by the charming, multi-talented, knockout, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, and the straight-shooting, no-nonsense lawman, Xavier Dolls, played by the intense Shamier James.
FUN FACT 2 - In the TV Show, Bobo Del Rey and his clan were Revenants, 77 outlaws killed by Wyatt Earp but resurrected as demons under a curse. In the comics, they were simply vampires.
FUN FACT 3 - Wynonna is a master of weapons, a skill which she uses to bring supernatural villains to justice. However, in the TV show, Wynonna has inherited "The Peacemaker," the Colt Buntline Special that novelist, S.N. Lake wrote about Wyatt Earp having used in his novel, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall. It's been somehow blessed to kill supernatural baddies. Or anyone. Because it's a gun. :-D
(Courtesy of Syfy.com)
FUN FACT 4 - In the comic, Wynonna was a U.S. Marshall in a special elite group called, The Monster Squad; however, in the TV show, she is a part of a unit called The Black Badge Division.
FUN FACT 5 - In the comic, it states explicitly that Beau Smith is the creator of Wynonna Earp. But we are way past the days of the artists not getting their due as co-creators. If you can't draw, then the artist helps bring your idea to life. I hope Joyce Chin is seeing some cash from the TV show.
FUN FACT 6 - I love the TV show's theme song, "Tell That Devil," by Jill Andrews. Groove with me:
That's all for today!! Happy trails, pardners!!