Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars

This collection is like a breath of fresh air in the fetid swamp of modern-day comics.

Wynonna Earp, for those who came in late, is the descendant of a certain well-known western lawman - but in the modern world, she's not fighting against bad guys in black hats. She spends her time fighting against the supernatural forces that prowl the underworld.

She was dreamed up by "Real Man" Beau Smith, and her adventures tend to be raucous, violent and lots of fun. (In a year that has movies based on Cowboys and Aliens and The Green Hornet, how has this character not been scooped up for one of Hollywood's leading ladies?)

In this collection, the violence includes a pack of murderous, Hulk-sized Yeti (or as we called them when I was a kid, Abominable Snowmen).

The trade is a wild and wooly action romp from beginning to end - one part action film, one part comic adventure, a smidgen of professional wrestling and the sense of fun of a classic Jonny Quest cartoon - a heck of a fun combination!

The art on the main feature is by Enrique Villigran, a pro who's vastly underrated - he has a classic line, a great feel for action sequences, and he creates some gnarly monsters.

There's also a backup feature, Blood in the Harvest, drawn by Manuel Vidal, and his art is more stylized but moody and effective.

If you're looking for navel-gazing or deep thought, shop elsewhere - but if you're looking for a fun read and lots of action, this is the book to check out.

Grade: A-


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This should be in my stocking for
Christmas; looking forward to another Beau-tastic story by the
Real Man of comics!

Sam Kujava