- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High Moon Vol. 1 Paperback – October 13, 2009
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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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The quality of the book was good as well, as it used to be a library book.
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.
The art, character designs, and general mood of this book are great. I loved the vampire designs in particular. However the story is kind of confusing on a lot of points, and I feel like we're missing certain background information we need to understand the characters. It kind of seems like someone made a bunch of character designs and had certain scenes they wanted to draw and then tried to string those random moments together into a story to make it work. For me it's still worth a quick read based on the artwork alone [I'm also a sucker for supernatural western stuff] but if you're more of a story-driven reader this is probably not the book for you.