Written by J.T. Petty, Illustrated by Hilary Florido & Colored by Hilary Sycamore
Peel: In this graphic novel, Chester’s hired to burn down an empty town with a superstitious backstory.
The plot line moves quickly following Chester, or Lady Kate, on an adventure in the old, unromanticized, west. This is certainly a different take on the cowboys versus indians trope. The plot alone was very gripping and there’s an unexpected twist towards the end. Though none of the characters are particularly reliable or likable, they’re all very interesting to watch interact. Chester is especially interesting, as I found myself rooting for him even after he made bad decision after bad decision.
This was labeled for ages fourteen and up, which seems pretty low for the amount of violence, adult implications, ethnic slurs and swears. The art unfortunately wasn’t that great, and didn’t enrich the story at all. There may be different lettering in the final copy, but the one I received was typed rather than handwritten and in all capital letters. This is one of the few graphic novels I’ve read that would have been better as just a novel.
Nibble: “Only been here a month, but I’ve seen you take more beatings than a whore’s bed.”
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a gripping creepy tale, and doesn’t mind disliking the protagonist.
My Rating: 4 out of 10 dusty golden apples
I received an advanced free copy of this book from the publishers, First Second,via NetGalley.