Friday, 27 February 2015

Tales of WesterNoir: Book 1 Review

Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Gary Crutchley
Dave West

Art By
Roland Bird
Pedro Lopez

Cover By
Gary Crutchley
Matt Soffe

Published By
Accent UK

Western, Supernatural


Step in to the world of WesterNoir as we take a look at some of the tales that have not only shaped Joshiah Black but also those around him in this spin off series Tales of WesterNoir.


With such stellar work coming from Dave West and Gary Crutchley over at Accent UK with the supernatural western series WesterNoir, I was a bit worried that a spin off series looking at some of the other characters and even Josiah Black himself would maybe dilute the main series.

Well, after reading this one, I have to admit that I was very much mistaken.  Here, we are treated to two stories.  

The first is Loose Ends and has series regular Gary Crutchley taking the writing reins.  Here he weaves a tale that links in to book four of the main series and answers the question of just what happened to the girl that Black saved.  I loved the simple yet deliberate way that the tension was raised as each page turned and the art by Roland Bird definitely added to that.  This was a great way of starting this spin off series because it not only serves as a reward to the long term fans but also as a good way of letting a newcomer see just what kind of style the series goes for.

The second story is a great one by the main series writer Dave West called The Kiss of Death.  Firstly I loved how the title actually played out in the story itself but this one is a fantastic way of seeing a slice of Black's past and when you read it, you'll see that it makes a lot of sense character wise too, even forboding part of his future as well.  That is helped by the incredibly detailed art by Pedro Lopez, an artist who I will definitely be checking out in the future.

All in all, this is a superb companion series for WesterNoir and one that will definitely thrill the fans.  If you are a newcomer to the series then may I suggest reading the original five installments first because then you will appreciate just how good this title truly is.

Story 8/10
Art 8/10
Cover 9/10
Recommended 8.5/10
Overall 33.5/40