March 14, 2018

Review: Kingsway West

Kingsway West Kingsway West by Greg Pak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I liked the idea of this more than the execution. The worldbuilding is interesting--a weird alternate history Western with dragons, ghosts, people riding giant jackalopes instead of horses, airships, and a completely different map of the United States. In fact, there is no "U.S.A." as such--just the "United States of New York," Native American "city-states," and a Mexican-ruled "Republica de Los Californios." The MacGuffin of this story is a magical substance called "red gold" that everyone is after. In the middle of all this is a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law, who fled into the Wild after the first Red War, met and married a mysterious woman named Sonia Campos, and is just trying to find his wife. He swore to leave the war and its conflicts behind, but he keeps getting dragged back in.

(The art is somewhat of a problem with the book. It was okay for the most part, but Kingsway never really looked Chinese, at least to this reader.)

I did a bit of searching, but I couldn't find anything to say that the comic has been continued beyond the first four issues, or that there's going to be a second paperback volume. That's too bad. I think there could be some interesting stories told in this world.

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