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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
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Product Details

  • Series: High Moon
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zuda; 1st edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Simon Fraser on October 16, 2009
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This book is a ROMP! Don't be confusing it for anything soulful or heartfelt, this is the antithesis of the quiet introspective auto-bio comic. It's a raw balls-to-the-wall MONSTER comic and all the better for it. The art and the story rarely let up...or even stop for breath. It's a relic of the strips origins as a webcomic that each page has a hectic pace and each monster reveal is more gloriously OTT than the last. I won't be giving this to my Mom for Xmas, but it has a special place in my collection, tagged under "WTF?!?" ....in a good way.
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As always, David Gallaher's writing, reminiscent of old film, moves with a movie's pace. He sets up the background in an Old Western town starved for water, but of course, there's more to the story when men and cattle start dying and a child goes missing. Cue the arrival of a mysterious detective with a past who looks as fierce as the really creepy werewolf foes and the truly disturbing-looking human-sized bat creatures that prey on people. The story will keep you interested to the last page and cuts at appropriate places, enhancing the tension. Steve Ellis' artwork is gritty and bold, with a saturated yellow and red color palette that makes you feel the intense heat of the desert town. These two men work together really well: where words are minimal, the pictures tell the story. This is an interesting, up-to-date twist on a classic Western story of good vs. evil: but here the lines are a little blurred. Highly recommended.
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I am on board with anything supernatural, especially werewolves so I may be biased. My father is a HUGE fan of westerns so growing up watching them was unavoidable, I can tell the writer is a huge fan of the genre as well. He did an excellent job weaving these two very different genres together, the art is astounding.

I dig how this isn't a Werewolf story set in the old west, it is a Western about Werewolves. It follows the format without being too dry or predictable.

Definitely recommend
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This book ambushed me and left me wanting more. I had no prior knowledge of High Moon, nor the work of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. I received this in a large pile of graphic novels given to me by someone to whom I'll be eternall grateful. Basically, I had zero expectations going into it, yet it was the best comic book I read during the entire year of 2010. The haunting artwork by Steve Ellis is stunning as it stimulates my imagination and reminds me of the horror comics of the 70's, and the story keeps me turning each page with a rabid enthusiasm. My only complaint is that there's only one volume in print, but I believe DC Comics will eventually remedy this oversight.
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In a market where you can’t take five steps without tripping over a decomposing zombie, a vampire (sparkling or otherwise), or a moody over-thinker in a cape, you have to ask yourself, “Self, where in all the Wide World of Sports is the werewolf western story?” My friend, look no farther than High Moon from Bottled Lightning! The creative team of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis have composed an ode to Gary Cooper and Lon Chaney Jr that will satisfy your craving for some Weird West action.

Matthew MacGregor prowls the west, looking for… well, we’re not really sure what it is he’s looking for. Redemption for the sins of a dark and clouded past? Understanding of his place in a world of darkness (see what I did there?)? It really could be either of those, but personally my take is that MacGregor’s looking for revenge and he’s happy to take it out on anything furry that walks on two legs. Former Pinkerton detective MacGregor is a werewolf, and he’s not at all pleased with the prospect. Whatever his motivation, his hunt brings him to Blest, Texas. A string of brutal deaths have left the town suspicious of strangers, and terrified of what lurks after sundown.

Composed and produced as a web series, this comic is a great adaptation of an underused genre that I’ll put right alongside another personal favorite of mine, The 6th Gun from Oni Press. Stories of the old West are full of superstitions and legends, so why not open that up to stories involving the supernatural? It’s a perfect fit, and one that I’ve been interested in for a long time… Tragically, entries into this genre have been lacking. Movies like Jonah Hex have scratched the surface, and television shows like The Adventures of Brisco County Jr (arguably more steampunk than weird west, but I think it still fits) haven’t seemed to catch on.

Hopefully in the comic book medium, we can keep on getting entries like High Moon.
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Fantastic twist on the western/werewolf story. The gritty drawings and dramatic shading lend amazing well to the already vivid story. It reads like watching a movie. I locked in from the first page and what seemed like only minutes I was half way through and never moved from the spot I was standing in. Don't worry I sat down to finish the rest. : ) Anxiously awaiting vol 2~??. I will have to keep my eyes open for that! Would love to see a larger print version as well.
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This book takes you on a serious ride of cinematic awesomeness — and for fans of the supernatural, Westerns, and thrillers, you'll not be able to put this one down. Expertly written, beautifully illustrated, and a twist on the werewolf trope that is rarely (if ever) seen.
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