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Marvel’s western came to a close last week with 1872 #4, but is this the last we’ll see of these versions of our favorite characters?  Events in the issue would tend to point to no.  The story comes to a fitting end in this issue, with what definitely appears to be a preview of things to come.  All the loose ends are tied up in a neat little bow (much better than the final issues of some of the other tie-ins), but some new questions are asked in the final pages of the issue.  There’s also a hint that this isn’t the end of the story.  However, how these characters will fit into the post Secret Wars Marvel landscape is pretty unclear.  Red Wolf has appeared in some of the “All New, All Different” previews, but to my knowledge, he’s the only one.  I’d be curious to see where Marvel decides to go with this one, as I did enjoy it.

The Verdict for 1872 #4:
4 out of 5

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The third issue of Marvel’s western, 1872, arrived a week ago, and as the cover shows, we’re finally getting a little of the extraordinary nature of the Marvel heroes universe.  Following the shocking events of last issue, some of the resident of the town of Timely are in an uproar.  They’re tired of the violence and they want some stability and less corruption from their leaders.  Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella keep the story interesting, and in continuity with other events happening across Battleworld, but the flurry of action in the latter half of this issue happens a little too quickly.  The first half is relatively tame, and then things just explode and things go haywire.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does feel a little unnatural.  That being said, the fourth and final issue of this story should be something pretty spectacular.

The Verdict for 1872 #3:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Captain America: White #2
Hail Hydra #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Weirdworld #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Ghost Racers #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Squarriors #4
RunLoveKill, Volume 1
Crimson Peak (Movie)

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Once again we travel back to the Old West and the town of Timely for 1872 #2.  Here we find Native American, Red Wolf, in jail, sheriff Steven Rogers wants him to have a fair trial in the court of law, but mayor Wilson Fisk would rather see a quick execution without a trial.  Rogers’ willingness to defend the accused until he can have his day in court has angered Fisk (not the first time, according to the story), so he’s hired a band of mercenaries made up of western versions of Bullseye, Elektra, Grizzly, and Doc Ock, to go to Timely and kill Red Wolf.  If something should happen to Rogers along the way, then so be it.

Gerry Duggan’s wild west version of the Marvel universe is turning out to be pretty impressive.  It’s fun to see these characters in a little different light.  This issue also gives us a little bit more backstory to Tony Stark’s character, and why he no longer chooses to design weapons, so there’s a little bit of characterization to go along with the action.  I also think this issue builds tension a lot better than the first one did.  It’s clear that these two sides don’t like each other, and here there is a significant amount of anticipation leading up to the major conflict.  Once the conflict arrives, Duggan pulls no punches.  The stakes here are very real, as this is not your typical super powered showdown where the hero and villain shrug off ridiculous amounts of punishment, these characters are fighting with guns and bullets, and not everyone will make it to issue #3.

Nik Virella’s artwork fits beautifully with the setting and the story being told here.  It’s a little rough around the edges, and it has a simplistic look to it that compliments the western theme.  Also, the character design for Doc Ock’s antique counterpart is phenomenal.  I’m sure it was a joint effort between writer and artist, but it’s amazing once it’s actually on the page.  It’s one of those things that epitomizes the idea of this series perfectly, in that it’s both western and Marvelized.  It is easily one of my favorite aspects of this issue.

Overall, this is shaping up to be one of the more enjoyable tie-ins for me.  I think the characters and their personalities fit well in the setting provided.  Given that this may very well be the only instance we see these versions of Marvel’s mainstays, Duggan has a lot of room to play with, and he takes full advantage of that to create a truly interesting story.  Paired with solid artwork and some brilliant character designs, this is a series i would highly recommend.  I know it’s probably a longshot, but I’d love to see this as an ongoing series.

The Verdict for 1872 #2:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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Secret Wars Journal #4
Weirdworld #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act
The Martian (Novel)
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A long week of Secret Wars Tie-In reviews comes to a close with a new idea from Marvel, placing their heroes in the Old West.  Does the notion work?  Only one way to know for sure.

In 1872, the town of Timely is run by (corrupt) mayor Wilson Fisk and his band of thugs who keep everyone in order.  Sheriff Steve Rogers doesn’t like the way things are done, so when the mob wants to lynch Redwolf, a native American, without a trial, Rogers takes it upon himself to see that the young man gets a fair deal.  Rogers has a few friends in Timely, the inventor and former weapons manufacturer Anthony Stark, the doctor Bruce Banner, and a reporter for the local paper named Ben Urich (Marvel is winking so much you’d think they sprayed a lemon in their eyes), who try to help him in his efforts, or at least not stand in the way.

Gerry Duggan handles the writing on this series, and I think throughout the entirety of the story he remembered a very important detail, and that is, if you’re going to try something new, that doesn’t necessarily connect to the rest of the event as a whole, it should at least be fun and entertaining.  Sure it uses Western stereotypes that we’ve seen dozens of times before, but now they’re here as characters that we already know and love, so not only do the archetypes fit, but they also make all those winks and nods even more fun.  I mean, honestly, what more can you expect from a title like this?  I feel like it absolutely delivers on everything that it promised, and not only did the story deliver, but it did it rather well.  The other aspect of the story that I really liked, is that no one up to this point has displayed any powers or abilities.  Everything is based on the personality of these characters, and in the case of some heroes, that’s not necessarily enough to carry a story, but Duggan writes these characters well, he knows them and gives them strong motivations that fit with the heroes we’re already familiar with.

Nik Virella’s artwork is solid.  She totally nails the Western aesthetic to make the story look and feel that much more believable.  As mentioned before, there’s no high flying or huge explosions, everything stays relatively down to earth, and Virella draws it that way.  It’s spectacular by not being spectacular… if that’s a thing that makes any kind of sense.  Point is, it works, it’s good, and I like it.

The bottom line is this, the book is not anything revolutionary.  The basic western premise may tread a little thin, but with the injection of Marvel’s big heroes, it becomes something a little new and different, which is precisely what we were told we would get with this story, so if you were expecting something else, I’m not quite sure what to say.

The Verdict for 1872 #1:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Nica of Los Angeles (Novel)
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Hail Hydra #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Planet Hulk #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Secret Wars: Battleworld #3
Where Monsters Dwell #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)