Dead or Alive #1 of 4
Red 5 Comics
Written by Scott Chitwood
Art by Alfonso Ruiz
Sam and Jed are a couple of cowboys back in Texas in 1870. They’re just trying to make it to the next day, get their pay for whatever ranch hand work they can find, and move in life. In one of their days work, they see a fire at a local ranch and look into it. When they find the owner of the ranch and his workers all murdered and the owner’s daughter rushing in after being in town, they decide to find the murder and bring him in to face justice (the reward was a good motivator too). This is where everything goes down hill.
This book was different from most western comics out there, because it brings in everyone’s favorite monsters to life, zombies. The story was well written and leads into areas that you don’t expect. The characters are each unique and come off the page. Yet their accents didn’t carry in the book which is a little peeve of mine. The art is well drawn; again something where you know where they are in the time but it’s just off enough to know something is different. Now, the paneling is pretty standard but they do have a few differences to keep it interesting.
I liked this book, parts of it were routine but this story has been done a bunch of times and in a bunch of time periods. This one was unique enough to make it new again. They give the back-story to let you know who’s who and what’s going on. You can almost see each character in different times or you may even say, hey, I know that guy. In my humble opinion, I plan on checking out the rest of the story when they come out. I give this book 4.5 caps out of 5.