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7. East of West
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Drawn by Nick Dragotta
Published by Image Comics
Hickman's post-apocalyptic Western hasn't let up since it began, with several characters playing power politics, Death wandering the land looking for his child, the other Three Horsemen working behind the scenes, and Dragotta illustrating it all beautifully. Hickman's Marvel work might pay the bills, but his Image work lets us see the brilliance of the artist.
-- Comics Should Be Good Writer Greg Burgas
Nick Dragotta and Jonathan Hickman did some amazing world-building for this sci-fi epic. While the adventures of Death had me mesmerized, it was the amazing culture and society they created that keeps me coming back for more.
-- CBR Staff Writer Karl Keily
Many folks may praise this series for Hickman’s writing. For me, the main appeal of the series is the visual worldbuilding that Dragotta is pursuing.
-- Robot 6 Columnist Tim O'Shea
High literature masquerading behind the funny pages, who would've thunk it? Dragotta and Hickman are crafting a tale so raw and smart that you'll need to take a weekend to digest it and realise, yes, it is that good.
-- CBR Contributor Ryan K Lindsey
'You have earned what is coming to you.' Glorious sentence. Frightening sentence. Here it is -- 'East of West' is Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin, and Russ Wooton at their very best. And maybe, just maybe that quote may not be for the book’s story, but for us, the readers. We deserve a book like this, we’ve earned it, by God. Between the horrible characters—anti-heroes and pure villains, each and every one of them—and the juxtaposed landscapes of cold, hard science and desolate wasteland, rides Death, a sci-fi cowboy with a score to settle like none other. His son may very well be the Beast of the Apocalypse, and the other Horseman want him dead, but Death isn’t stopping until he gets what he wants. And his tale, his quest, is engaging and brutal and heart wrenching. You know it’s going to end only one way, but you’ll be riding along with Death for as long as he’ll allow just to witness his tale play out.
-- CBR Contributor Ryan Burton