From Publishers Weekly
The Wild West has always been the setting to examine what happens when humanity abandons its rules. And the werewolf is an ideal path to explore the mind of a person who loses all self-control. The natural connection between those two elements is only the starting point for this engaging, intricately crafted western horror series. As Colin MacGregor, a former Pinkerton's detective with a hidden past, arrives in the isolated town of Blest, Tex., his only goal is to catch a man with a price on his head. Soon he's hired to rescue a kidnapped girl, and events spiral into two more connected episodes of supernatural horror spread out across the landscape of the American West at the dawn of the industrial age. Gallaher adeptly layers elements from many mythologies to create a rich melting pot of mysticism matching the diversity of settlers in the towns where the stories take place. Ellis's strong artwork captures the mysterious, lawless atmosphere, rising to the occasion whenever the tale calls for the reader to be frightened or awed. (Oct.)
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Zuda Comics’ pioneering gambit of allowing readers to vote for and submit their own comics online has been a resounding success so far. Now released in print, High Moon was the competition’s first winner and a nominee for the comics industry’s Harvey Award for best new series. A collaboration between veteran artist Steve Ellis and neophyte scripter Gallaher, this three-chapter novel reads like a cross between a Sergio Leone western and a gore-laced monster movie. The setting encompasses the twin nineteenth-century towns of Blest and Ragged Rock, Texas, where malevolent winged creatures are preying on the townsfolk by night and holing up in nearby mines by day. Arriving on the scene to dispense vigilante justice are a Pinkerton detective and Macgregor, a reformed slaveholder; both are werewolves themselves. Plenty of gnashing teeth, flying bullets, and tested loyalties between human and beast are the featured fare here. While puzzling red herrings occasionally muddle the story line, Ellis’ gorgeous red-and-blue-hued panels are a delight to behold. --Carl Hays