East of West

East of West

Volume 1 [The Promise]

Book - 2013
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This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life lies in DEATH.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2013
ISBN: 9781607067702
Branch Call Number: Graphic Novel Hic
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Dragotta, Nick
Alternative Title: Promise


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Jun 11, 2018

East of West is a gory alternate history post-apocalyptic science fiction magical epic about averting the apocalypse? Maybe? It's set on the continent we call North America. The attempted conquest of that continent by Europeans resolved very differently than in our history, leading to a Native American nation, the Kingdom of New Orleans ruled by an African-American dynasty, and a Chinese nation, among others. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to bring about the end of world, except that Death has defected. He had fallen in love, married, had a child, was betrayed and murdered, and rose again to seek vengeance.

Martin's colors are stunning from the very first page, a gorgeous match for Dragotta's art. And this is Hickman at his best, telling a multi-layered story made of conspiracy and shifting allegiances, while also communicating the emotional core of each character in a large cast. It does make for a complex reading experience, especially since volumes come out once or twice a year. We've generally had to re-read at least the preceding volume each time one has been published just to remember exactly what was happening.

If you're into intricate plots and backstabbing, though, it's SO very worth it. Plus, if you start now, you can read seven volumes straight through before having to wait in agony for the next book like the rest of us!

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 19, 2017

In a bleak and violent future, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are called to earth... but Death is not among them. Death might just be the only thing standing between the world and its certain end. Good for fans of the intersection of science fiction, supernatural, and western tales.

Mar 27, 2017

A good read. Very good concept.

Jan 06, 2017

The rangers are such a cool new element to this. And the oracle! Is it weird that I think the eyeballs are cute? Probably. But that's okay. I loved learning more about the witches backstory and their powers, witnessing them in action. This keeps getting better.

Jan 06, 2017

Holy crap, what is this story? This is insanely good, well told. I'll admit it was a little confusing at first the the historical alterations. But once I got the hang of what was going on, the premise was intriguing and addicting. I can't imagine where this is going to go from here but I am excited to find out.

Oct 25, 2016

After reading this first trade and realizing that I need to read it at least one more time, I'm intrigued enough to seek out the hardback of the the first three trades.
The artwork is beautiful.
The story arch is a little complicated hence the second read.

This series is tops on my list. I think the art is amazing, and the story telling is top notch. I read it twice with a couple weeks in between readings and caught stuff I had missed before. There is subtlety that is hard to catch in the art and in the writing. I don't think this story is just about the apocalypse, there are some underlying things going on, and I am not going to ruin it for those who have yet to read this series, or for the ones who missed it the first time through.

Dec 22, 2014

Half science fiction, half western, this is a story not to be missed. This work dwarfs the excellent run Hickman has had writing The Avengers, it is completely worth your time!

Nov 11, 2014

An alternate America with a perpetual western frontier. A cryptic prophecy of the apocolypse. Three horsemen walk the earth in search of the fourth. The intent here is obviously a slow burner of a story and I can get behind it, my only hesitation is feeling burnt out on apocalyptic fiction. The artwork is highly stylized ,especially when it comes to the use of color, but at the same time remains detailed and precise as it has to be. In other words, unique and pretty. Recommended for the art alone and hopefully for the story as it progresses.

KateHillier Jul 07, 2014

Sci-Fi dystopia meets religion meets a Western. East of West shows us a vastly differently world in which there are three horsemen of the apocalypse - Death is on his own very personal mission of revenge. All of the hallmarks of a good Western are here with just enough of a twist to keep you interested. It took a little to sort out the mythology and exactly what the heck happened in this alternate USA but I expect there will be more of that to come in other volumes. If you love Westerns with a twist and haven't tired of any apocalyptic/dystopian tales, this is worth a look.

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