Writers: Lance Henriksen, Joseph Maddrey
Artist: Tom Mandrake
Cover Artist: Tom Mandrake
Publication Date:July 17, 2013
Format:FC, 32 Pages
UPC:7 61568 21220 4 00511
Dark Horse Comics
In a small town plagued by a vicious Indian curse and twisted environmental science, an angry, self-destructive man must come to terms with his haunted past to preserve what is left of his home.
* From horror movie icon Lance Henriksen (Millennium, Aliens,Near Dark)!
* Drawing on your nightmares!
The conclusion of To Hell You Ride is finally here, and like so many comic book mini-series that I’ve read over the last year or so, the ending falls short of the mark compared to the preceding issues.
For four issues I was quite engrossed with Two-Dogs’ story of discovery and redemption. But at the start of this issue, Two-Dogs has fully realized his destined path and subsequently become a much less relatable character. The flawed antihero that he was in the beginning is completely gone, replaced by a stoic warrior who talks in such mystic tones he makes Oprah Winfrey sound grounded.
After Two-Dogs discovered the Black Arrow in the first issue, it set off a chain of events for him, but it hasn’t really been a focal point since then. Well, this final issue finally brings that little plot point to bear, and in really effective and evocative fashion. Unfortunately, it’s one of the few memorable moments in this issue.
Sheriff Jim Shipps actually winds up having the most visceral story arc, at least visually, but there’s not enough of his story for my liking in this issue, as he feels like a bit player in the end.
With strong writing and some evocative imagery through the series as a whole, this grand finale just didn’t feel quite as grand as I had hoped.
3 out of 5 nerds
Cross posted from our friends at I Smell Sheep.