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[The Lone Ranger Volume 2 : Lines Not Crossed] – (Brett Matthews, Sergio Cariello, Paul Pope, John Cassaday)
July 18, 2010, 7:15 pm
Filed under: 6 Stars, Brett Matthews, John Cassaday, Lone Ranger, Paul Pope, Sergio Cariello

“Lines Not Crossed” continues the story of the Lone Ranger and Tonto from where book 1 left off, collecting issues 6 to 11.  The main threads of this TPB are the fall and rise of the Lone Rangers arch enemy Cavendish and further exploration of the Rangers no kill policy. The Lone Rangers unique brand of justice seems out of step with the western setting and he takes on almost a Batman like persona at times (he even has a cave hideout).  It gets him in trouble in this book when he rescues a Mexican fugitive who is perhaps undeserving of  the rangers brand of justice.  The art is excellent again and the Wolf Sequence from Paul Pope is worth particular mention even if the story that went with it was a little strange.  Not as satisfying as the first TPB in relation to the story but the artwork is as good if not better than the first.  [ISBN-13: 978-1933305660]. 6/10

[The Lone Ranger Vol 1 : Now and Forever] – (Brett Matthews, Sergio Cariello, John Cassaday)
July 18, 2010, 5:17 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Brett Matthews, John Cassaday, Lone Ranger, Sergio Cariello

I have never been a big fan of the “Lone Ranger”, my only real experience of the character was the campy TV series I watched as a kid.  I decided to give this TPB a try as I was impressed by Dynamite’s other Western efforts and I wasnt dissapointed. Book 1 collects the first 6 issues of the series where the origins of The Lone Ranger, his sidekick Tonto and his horse Silver are explained.  There is nothing campy about this book and the transformation of  boy John into the Lone ranger is brought about by an extremely violent series of events. The pacing of the book is very good and it builds to a great climax through a series of flashbacks and well fleshed out villains.

The artwork fits the story perfectly and it looks really good on the nice glossy paper. The full page spreads deserve a special mention as they are pleasure to behold.   The extras in the TPB include some great character development pencils and story boards.  It has a similar look and feel to Dynamite’s other westerns but in common with these I don’t think it is good value at $19.99 for 160 pages.  A  good read though. [ISBN-13: 978-1933305400]. 7/10