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Twists, turns, and blood.  Lots of blood.  That’s about the best way I can describe the second volume of East of West without getting too far into spoiler territory.  In a genuine effort to keep this thing out of spoiler territory, this will probably be a relatively short review, but I’ll try to be as informative as I can with it.  A few new characters are introduced here, as well as some important backstory involving a few of the major factions at play in this world.

Jonathan Hickman continues to weave the story of the Horseman of Death in his search for someone very dear to him, while the other three Horsemen continue to push forth their agenda that will bring about the Apocalypse.  The mortal leaders of the seven nations work together as one with the three Horsemen, while also working independently in secret to back stab one another in an ultimate push for power.  If it sounds like there’s a lot going on here, it’s because there is, but somehow Hickman manages to walk the fine line of keeping this coherent while giving the readers just enough to keep them coming back for more.  He also gives the readers a little more background on how the nation known simply as “The Kingdom” operates and a glimpse at their leadership structure, but not quite enough to understand it completely.  I’m certain there is more to that, but like I said, Hickman seems to know just how to keep us wanting more.  Also, if one thing is sure, it seems as though all characters introduced in this series, no matter how minor they may seem, will most likely have an important purpose.  Yes, it’s going to be one of those kind of stories.

Nick Dragotta’s art is once again, otherworldly.  I very much mean that in a literal sense.  This volume introduces us to few creatures that are absolutely grotesque, but within the confines of the story, they fit in a way that’s almost, dare I say it, beautiful.  Speaking of the story, it leans much more toward action in the second volume, which seems to suit the artist a little better than a group of people standing around talking.  There’s a speed and motion to his action scenes that can be difficult to convey even for some of the more popular comic artists.  As I mentioned in my review of volume one, the narrative and the art just seem to mesh and flow fantastically together.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m hooked on this series now.  If you’re not already reading this, what are you waiting for?  Get on board, because this looks like it’s only going to get better from here.  Also, read volume one, so I don’t have to worry so much about spoilers 😛  You can find the review for Volume 1: The Promise, right here:
https://kdubsgeekspot.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/review-east-of-west-volume-1-the-promise-tpb/

The Verdict for East of West, Volume 2:  We Are All One:
Must have moar!!!

Upcoming reviews:
Halo: Broken Circle (Novel)
East of West, Volume 3: There Is No Us TPB
Squarriors #2
The October Faction #1-#6

Secret Wars #1
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Movie)

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