Here's the premise, such as it is:
Jeffrey Nodelman on The Fourth Horseman
JN: Basically, this mini series is kind of the back-story to the movie we are producing… not necessarily a prequel, but, more history and information on the characters and how they met. To me, a prequel would only make sense in the context of the bigger story. These books can stand either alone or with the film. The overall plot follows the four riders of the Apocalypse. If you know your Bible, they are the ones that bring on the end of days. The Bible tells they are coming, but leaves out the specifics of when, where, and why. I give these answers a nice twist in the film, but, the books give each rider the individual attention such warped personalities require.
NRAMA: Which specific Horseman does the title refer to?
JN: The four riders in order are:
The White Rider who represents the False Messiah. Strong and handsome, he wears a crown, and carries a spear. He leads his people down the wrong path.
The Red Rider, who represents weapons of mass destruction, kills all with dramatic flare, shock and awe.
The Brown Rider represents disease and pestilence. He is the ultimate bottom feeder, and spreads the plague on mankind.
The Black Rider represents death.
For the book, the characters are: Bear (the White Rider), who is a great Indian warrior. Maggog (the Red Rider), a Chinese slave who escaped the railroads, and is a supreme martial artist. Prophet (the Brown Rider), who is just as badass as a cowboy can come. Lastly, Ezekiel (the Black Rider), who I won't get into now, but who is one hell of an anti-hero…pun intended.
Wednesday Number Ones 8/15/07
THE FOURTH HORSEMAN Issue #1
How many ways does THE FOURTH HORSEMAN #1 fail? Let's see. Bear is a killing machine devoid of personality. He's a generic Indian with no history or culture. His people live in stereotypical teepees. The woman of his tribe are slender, sexy babes. He collects the scalps of his victims and proudly displays them.
The only positive thing I might say about THE FOURTH HORSEMAN #1 is that Bear's faux headdress--a crown of feathers mounted on a skull--looks kind of cool. But such a headdress is probably a violation of Native tradition and would offend many Natives, so even this is questionable. No, the comic has no redeeming value whatsoever. It's utter garbage.