lone ranger

Where the first two issues had focused primarily on Westerners in need of the Lone Ranger’s help, issue #3 puts the masked man and his Indian companion center stage.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto are approached by the United States Government to help track down a vicious gang of railroad robbers. The Ranger reluctantly takes the job, and he and Tonto are able to find the gang with relative ease.

However, their victory is short lived as they discover the thieves have the protection of a local sheriff and an entire town. The comic ends with Tonto gut-shot and bleeding out in the desert and our hero about to have a noose placed around his neck.

The pacing here is much better than in the first couple of issues and, despite the unnecessary use of flashbacks, it works very well by delivering the series’ best issue to date. I’ve also got to throw a shout out to Francesco Francavilla for a very cool cover. Worth a look.

[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Play

Once again it’s time to FREAK OUT with Aaron and Alan as they take on the week in comics, the surprisingly fun John Carter, and a little thing called “life”. Listen now for our best of the week and of course whatever it is that’s pissing us off at the moment.

Listen below, save us for later, or get your Freak on via iTunes

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

We now have our first look at the new Lone Ranger and Tonto.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes Disney/Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger. The film finds Tonto (Johnny Depp), a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joining forces in a fight for justice with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a lawman who has become a masked avenger. Helena Bonham CarterWilliam FichtnerTom WilkinsonBarry PepperJames Badge DaleRuth Wilson, and Leon Rippy also star. The Lone Ranger will be released in May 31st 2013.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

The second issue of Dynamite Entertainment’s new Lone Ranger series is a little better than the first but it still lacks the fun you’d like in a title centered around the masked man and his Indian companion. Once again the main story has to do with a character other than the Lone Ranger or Tonto, in this case an infamous lawman at the end of his career looking for one more showdown.

[click to continue…]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

From Dynamite Entertainment and writer Ande Parks comes a team-up (of sorts) between two of Dynamite’s biggest stars. Our story begins with an aging Don Diego de la Vega putting on the costume one more time when soldiers attack a nearby mission, and ends when news hits the comic’s other masked man that the hero known as Zorro is dead.

[click to continue…]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

It’s all here: the lone survivor of a massacre, a white horse, the faithful Native American companion, a silver mine to forge bullets, and a mask. Writer Brett Matthews‘ take on the western icon The Lone Ranger may not be for everyone, but it suits me just fine.

At the heart of the tale is John Reid, a man deeply conflicted with the death of his brother Dan, weighing his need for justice and revenge, and still searching for his place in the world. Our hero is still the man we know, he just doesn’t know it quite yet. The comic is harsher (mirroring the landscape and time period) than most depictions, and the stories often involve tough choices and a fair bit of violence with each issue.

The first 11 issues of Dynamite Entertainment’s ongoing Lone Ranger are collected here in the oversized hardcover volume complete with slipcover, an introduction from Matthews, a gallery of some pretty cool covers by John Cassaday, early sketches and character designs from artist Sergio Cariello, and the 2007 Free Comic Book Day story. The volume retails for $75, but with a little effort you should be able to find it online for less than $50.

The first two story arcs of the series include the birth of the Lone Ranger, his tumultuous relationship to Tonto (who is far more mysterious here than most depictions), his relationship to his brother’s wife and young son, and his quest for the man responsible for his brother’s death. The comic also takes several opportunities to show stories from other perspectives including that of its main villain, Butch Cavendish.

It’s a well-made volume and a steal at a discounted price. Fans of the hero should grab one up while they can, yell out a hearty Hi-Yo Silver, and enjoy the ride. The Lone Ranger rides again.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }