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Earp #1 Has a “Unique Personality and Some Brilliant Artwork”

Excerpted from an article by Troy Mayes

Val Kilmer’s performance as Doc Holliday, in the film Tombstone, is probably one of the most memorable I’ve ever seen. Whenever I think of Wyatt Earp I think of Kilmer as Holliday. That being said, I was very curious to read Radical’s take on the legend that is Wyatt Earp.

The thing that sticks out in my mind about the issue was the world this Earp operates in and how it got like it is now. Set in the near future, a financial crisis, even worse than the one we just went through, has left America and most of the world in a deep depression and recession. People are struggling to get by and crime is rampant as people struggle to make ends meet. Wyatt Earp was America’s foremost lawman, now he operates the A-OK Hotel in Vegas. To get on his wanted list was almost an honor for criminals, like Jesse James. Amongst that climate, Las Vegas is the only city in the world where business is booming, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from corruption or crime.

The world is so different to the one the original Earp operated in, but then again it’s also similar as it’s lawless and violent like the Old West and duels are now allowed by law. It was a modern world I could imagine needed a Wyatt Earp and his pose.

I also really enjoyed the action and the artwork in the issue. Mack Chater and Martin Montiel do a fantastic job of creating the near future world Earp lives in. The array of bright lights, high speed trains and helicopters showcase that this is the near future but there’s a grittiness and a dirtiness to the images that gives it a bit of a Western and corrupt feel. The start of the issue is also really strong and signals the focus of the book, it’s bloody, violent and takes no prisoners. Chater and Montiel handle the big action set pieces well, usually with a glorious splash page or two, although the fire in the closing scenes didn’t look right and people who should have been burned were not.

While Earp Saints for Sinners hasn’t replaced Tombstone as my favourite Wyatt Earp interpretation with this issue, there is still time for M. Zachary Sherman’s efforts to do so. Issue 1 is a good building block for the series to go from with a lot of nods to the classic story injected with enough of its own unique personality and some brilliant artwork.

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