The Lone Ranger #2: Lines Not Crossed |
by Brett Matthews, Sergio Cariello (Dynamite, 2008)
The parallels between this Lone Ranger and the classic Batman storyline are growing. But that hint of unoriginality aside, this new series from Dynamite -- written by Brett Matthews and illustrated by Sergio Cariello -- is not to be missed.
In this volume, Reid continues to define boundaries with his stolid companion Tonto and his brother's comely widow and son, as well as an intriguing new lawman, Sheriff Loring, who could be this Lone Ranger's Jim Gordon. The primary story, however, addresses Reid's concept of justice vs. law.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto interrupt a lynchmob at work. But the question soon rises, did the man they just saved deserve their intervention? That's a poser Reid struggles with for quite some time, and it's a rare pleasure to witness a hero work so thoroughly through a moral gray area.
The story's great, the art is great, and this series has me reaching for the third collection. Let's see if Matthews and Cariello can keep this up -- and stick together.
10 July 2010
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