Earp: Saints and Sinners #1 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 7.0
Art 8.0
Value 8.0
Total 7.6
Publisher: Radical
Release Date: Jan 2011
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

7.6


Earp: Saints and Sinners #1

Val Kilmerís performance as Doc Holliday, in the film Tombstone, is probably one of the most memorable Iíve ever seen. Whenever I think of Wyatt Earp I think of Kilmer as Holliday. That being said I was very curious to read Radicalís take on the legend that is Wyatt Earp. 

The thing that sticks out in my mind about the issue was the world this Earp operates in and how it got like it is now. Set in the near future a financial crisis, even worse than the one we just went through, has left America and most of the world in a deep depression and recession. People are struggling to get by and crime is rampant as people struggle to make ends meet. Wyatt Earp was Americaís foremost lawman now he operates the A-OK Hotel in Vegas. To get on his wanted list was almost an honor for criminals, like Jesse James. Amongst that climate Las Vegas is the only city in the world where business is booming but that doesnít mean itís exempt from corruption or crime.   

The world is so different to the one the original Earp operated in, but then again itís also similar as itís lawless and violent like the Old West and duels are now allowed by law. It was a modern world I could imagine needed a Wyatt Earp and his pose.  

I also really enjoyed the action and the artwork in the issue.  Mack Chater and Martin Montiel do a fantastic job of creating the near future world Earp lives in. The array of bright lights, high speed trains and helicopters showcase that this is the near future but thereís a grittiness and a dirtiness to the images that gives it a bit of a Western and corrupt feel. The start of the issue is also really strong and signals the focus of the book, itís bloody, violent and takes no prisoners. Chater and Montiel handle the big action set pieces well, usually with a glorious splash page or two, although the fire in the closing scenes didnít look right and people who should have been burned were not.  

What I didnít like was Doc Holliday. For me he had none of the charm and charisma that Val Kilmerís interpretation had and instead of being a standout character he just blended in with everyone else. Also I didnít buy Pinkerton as the main bad guy. I much preferred the ongoing relationship between Wyatt Earp and Jesse James to the power hungry and weasley Pinkerton. Finally, the book contains a lot of exposition thatís how we discover so much about the world of Wyatt Earp. I appreciated all the information and the fact there was a good deal of action mixed in and not just people talking but the way it was structured was a little confusing. The story jumps around so much you can feel a little lost and confused. 

While Earp Saints for Sinners hasnít replaced Tombstone as my favourite Wyatt Earp interpretation with this issue there is still time for M. Zachary Shermanís efforts to do so. Issue 1 is a good building black for the series to go from with a lot of nods to the classic story injected with enough of its own unique personality and some brilliant artwork.






 
 



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