Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Legend of Everett Forge #1 Review

The Legend of Everett Forge #1 from About Time Comics -

    In a dusty world that mirrors the American Wild West, the year is 1889, and a lone cowboy stalks the plains of the Machine Territory, striking fear in the hearts of both man and robot. He is...Everett Forge. And he's out for vengeance. In a world where robots have become sentient, humans are not always welcome. One such sentient robot, Omega, has become a force to be reckoned with, strong-arming the robots to unite under his heavy-handed rule, working them to destruction while filling his coffers with the profits. Everett Forge, half-man, half-legend, and his two blazing guns are the only things that stand between Omega and total domination. Omega is determined to put Forge down in the dust - he's just sent his most powerful enforcer to end Everett for good...A mechanical, winged nightmare that will not stop until Forge's blood is spilt. Legend versus nightmare...Who will survive when they clash?

   Scott Wilke makes his debut in comics with this action-packed, weird western tale, The Legend of Everett Forge!! Wilke serves up the classic western protagonist in Everett Forge - he's strong, silent, cool, calm and collected, with a twinkle in his eye, fire spitting out of his guns, lightning fast hands, a deadly aim, and a quick trigger-finger. The Legend of Everett Forge #1 is a fun, slick mash-up of a steampunk tale, and a weird western actioner headed up by a protagonist that is just as much a composite as the story he inhabits. Forge is reminiscent of Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's much-beloved spaghetti westerns, mixed in with elements of everyone's favorite robot-smasher, Magnus, Robot Fighter. And, much like Magnus and his mentor, 1A, Forge seems to have some deep connection to Omega, but one which has gone horribly wrong. Interesting. The Legend of Everett Forge #1 is rendered lavishly by Jojo Trinidad and Rai Caran, with Ochie Caraan and Mon Ramirez providing rich colors that just make this book look GORGEOUS. If you're looking for straightforward action, and a weird wild-western/steampunk good time, then this book is for you. I like what About Time Comics is doing with their properties, properties like Godsend - they are breaking comics back down to the simple science of creating fun, clean comics that you and your kids can enjoy. I sure can dig that.

RATING: 8 out of 10 for un-convoluted, un-politically-charged, wild-west fun.

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