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Iron West Paperback – July 25, 2006
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However, I would HIGHLY recommend for everyone to NOT BUY this version of the book. I can almost guarantee that it will fall apart the first time you open it, which is why I'm not going to bother ordering a third copy and I'm just going to try and re-glue the binding. Thanks Image Comics for providing such a s***ty version of a great graphic novel.
Unfortunately, I bought a book. This particular book was published by image and is the second TenNapel book I've bought from them (the first being Monster Zoo). With both books, they completely fell apart after the first reading. I've talked to my friend who's also bought a bunch of TenNapel books and he says the same thing. They are horribly made and are terrible products.
Buy it if you are ok with having a stack of papers by the end of your reading, and not a book.
Another fashion in which our history has lied to us: it never covered the evil robot uprising of 1898, in Old California (just after the Gold Rush). Governed by the insidious ancient Demiurge, a sentient artifact intent on taking over California, these ruthless mechanical men suddenly begin terrorizing the local territory. They eventually make their way to the tiny town of Twain Harte, in which the shifty, good-for-nothin' card cheat and wanted hold-up man Preston Struck is plying his trade... badly. Has the Demiurge met its match in this cowardly outlaw? Probably not. Can Preston Struck fulfill his promise and return for the lovely Ms. Sharon? I doubt it. Can Preston Struck find redemption? You'll have to read the thing. The story gives the guy every chance to do the right thing, but that yellow streak always gets in the way.
IRON WEST is an irresistible black and white graphic novel, something you'll tear thru in a heartbeat and wish that it were longer. I love the energy and zest TenNapel infuses into his illustrations. Preston Struck's journey towards redemption is kicked off by the arrival of brawny bounty hunters, with Preston's ensuing panicked flight leading him to unearthing the robot incursion. And wild shenanigans happen, TenNapel's wacky conceptionalizing treating us to a tweaking on cowboys and Indians and giving us transforming trains and an ill-tempered Sasquatch ready to rumble, while also touching on the theme of technology encroaching on the American Old West (as embodied by, say, the railroad). If I ever write about TenNapel's stuff again, this'll probably become repetitive, but he anchors his fanciful tales with heart. And then he's got you. Preston Struck is a damn likable reprobate; it's just that there's this kernel of heroism in him that's simply taking forever to surface.
And if you haven't yet, then check out TenNapel's other works: Creature Tech GN,Earthboy Jacobus Graphic Novel,Ghostopolis, hells, pretty much anything the guy's published.
HOWEVER, keep in mind that the two star review about the cover falling off is not unfounded. I received the book today, and halfway through the book the cover came off. To point back at that review, I'd say the description of the cover being glued on with adhesive from sticky notes is actually pretty accurate. This may not be the norm though.
In closing, it's an excellent book for anyone who enjoys a mash up of science fiction and western stories, just keep in mind that the cover may fall off. You may have to re-glue it and hope like myself.
I give the story a 5/5, but as a product this book has to be a 3/5 for me.
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