Authors: Rosinski & Van Hamme
Age: 15 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 72 colour pages
Publication: June 2011
Price: £7.99 inc. VAT
Wyoming, 1868. Ambrosius Van Deer has come to Fort Laramie to meet Jess Chisum, a young man who claims he’s found Van Deer’s nephew Eddie. Ten years before, Edwyn Van Deer disappeared after his family was killed in a Lakota raid. Proof of his identity: a silver watch with a portrait of his parents. But fate has other plans than a happy family reunion, and the events of that day will set in motion a tragedy 15 years in the making.
I’ve been saying for a long time that what we need is a good old fashioned Western. Well, here it is –and it’s even titled “Western”!
The cover is very nice and looks like one of the many 19th century photographs you can find of characters from the Old West. It seems Van Hamme wanted to do a Western comic and his Thorgal collaborator Rosinski was to be the artist.
We’re introduced to the main protagonist, Nate Chisum, part of a con with his brother that goes wrong. From there on in it seems Nate gets the breaks but they invariably go sour on him. The story is great and a one-off. Van Hamme takes us through all the twists and turns –right up to a revelation in 1922.
The art is what you would expect –superb and the clothing, backgrounds –well, would they be anything but perfect? There are shoot-outs, treachery and betrayal and the best compliment I can give this book is that it is 99% as good as John Wayne’s last film (1976) The Shootist (hey, it could NOT be 100% as good cuz The Duke ain’t in it!).
So, Cinebook has come along with another genre to add to its list of incredible Franco-Belgic albums. If you’ve only seen American Western comics give this one a read.
10 out of 10 –even without John Wayne!