Western Triple Play
by various writers & artists (Moonstone, 2008)

Moonstone's Western Triple Play is exactly what is sounds like: a collection of three tales from the publisher's growing library of serials from the Old West.

The tales here focus on three luminaries of the age: legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, during his term of duty in Dodge City and his first meeting with Doc Holliday; fiery outlaw Belle Starr, the details of her life possibly not destined to appear in her contemporary biography; and the Cisco Kid, a fictional antihero created by O. Henry who trades gunfire here with real-life outlaw Billy the Kid and Moonstone's variation on the Lone Ranger.

Earp's story is written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Enrique Villagran. Mark Ricketts writes and Steve Buccellato draws for Starr. Len Kody tells Cisco's tale, with art provided by Dennis Calero and Matt Camp. It's all presented in black and white.

I'm not a huge fan of the American western, but these three tales kept me interested with their grit and style. Moonstone seems to have a handle on the genre, and I expect to see this publisher keep it up.

review by
Tom Knapp

11 September 2010

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