Friday, July 6, 2012

Getting Graphic Again

BLOODY CHESTER by J T Petty and Hilary Florido. First Second Books 2012

The lawlessness of the Old West takes a very dark turn in this graphic novel. After he is bullied and beaten, Chester Kates is approached by Mr. Croghan. Croghan offers Chester money to head off to a town known as Whale and burn it to the ground. Chester is more than willing to do whatever it takes to survive and heads off to the town only to find it mostly abandoned. The few survivors inform Chester of an awful plague, a disease more of the spirit than the body.

There are many questions here: exactly what is the disease called "waits" is chief among those Chester wrestles with in this grim, dark novel. No stereotyped Western this. Instead this is an intense and unflinching examination of the nature of greed and power. <362>

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