Synopsis: 1883. The advent of barbed wire is creating havoc in the Texas panhandle. A corrupted state senator conspires with dirty ranchers to make land unnavigable for open rangers and native tribes, passing new laws allowing cattlemen to kill anyone caught cutting the wire. Good people are getting hurt, and The Lone Ranger must act. But to truly stop this rampant villainy, he’ll need to go all the way to the top, and rely on an old friend for help…
Review: I have to admit. I’ve never read any of the prior Lone Ranger comics from Dynamite. Or from any comic book company for that matter.
In fact, my only exposure to the character and world of this character is from re-runs of an old series back in the 1970’s and the only movies as well as the most recent film with Johnny Depp.
So this was my first experience of reading a Lone Ranger story and thus far its been pretty good.
Written by Mark Russell. This opening issue sets up the premise, which is basically about a group of dirty ranchers with political ambitions stealing land by use of Barb Wire. It matters not to these robber barens whether or not smaller cattlemen can prove a claim to the land with deeds. In short, if roaming cowboy’s or natives attempt to clip the wire. They’ll be shot.
The story starts with a dispute between a smaller rancher and one of the larger ranchers who shoots the smaller businessman despite him being able to prove that he owns the land, which has been fenced off. The shooting captures the attention of the Lone Ranger who arrives after the fact and finds the dead rancher, which spurs him on into an investigation.
Upon learning the plans of the wealthy ranchers. The Lone Ranger seeks help from his old friends Tonto, but will his old friend agree to help him?
The artwork in this book isn’t too bad. It’s not the best have seen, but certainly isn’t the worst either. I liked the level of detail that Bob Q uses. A good example of this is near the start of the book when the rancher tries to show the other guy the deed to the land, which he apparently has tattooed on his horse.
I also loved the explosion on page 16 when Lone Ranger causes a bit of a ruckus in order to slow down the wealthy ranchers for a spell. His horse Silver kicking out his back legs at one of the ranchers who is trying to get away.
This first issue sets the story up pretty well but is rather wordy due to the number of wealthy ranchers discussing their plans to steal land away from smaller ranchers in order to mold America into their ideal shape.
The artwork services the story well.
I’m most likely on board with this for at least one more issue to see where it goes.