American icon Joe Kubert and Italian writer Claudio Nizzi collaborated on Tex: The Lonesome Rider at the turn of the new century—and this standalone graphic novel is now available to a wider English-language audience! Tex tracks four ruthless killers who have massacred a peaceful farming family, using his ranger’s ingenuity and brute force when needed!
There’s always something about a rough and tumble cowboy story that just automatically makes it fun. The good guy, often riding alone, facing against the bad guys and trying to do what’s right. Add in the fact that our good guy is a Texas ranger, and you’ll get the story of Tex: The Lonesome Rider.
This story starts off brutal right off the bat, holding back no punches with the harsh events which serve as the motivation for Tex. After good, innocent people and friends are mercilessly murdered, Tex is on a path of vengeance. Using his sharp gun skills and toughness, he sets off to hunt down all four outlaws who failed in trying to end his life. That mistake proves to be their demise, as he travels all lengths to serve justice Old West fashion.
The artwork. Well, what can I possibly say about the art that isn’t already obvious, or should be. The master Joe Kubert offers his hand to the illustration side of the story, and it’s as amazing as always. His ability to draw every emotion, every environment with such skill is one that will forever impress. Reputation that precedes aside, it’s a pleasure to see more art from Mr. Kubert.
As this is the first release stateside of this collaboration, now’s as good as a time as any to check it out. It’s like a story right out of a classic Texas ranger tale, and one that’s written and drawn with all the right flair. Most everyone can enjoy a good Western, and this is a great addition to pick up whenever the chance arises.
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