The Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
And it’s those lines of logic that bring us to the one-shot The Lone Ranger and Tonto #1. After Reid and Tonto deal with a kindly older couple in a small town yet to be named, they come across a murdered husband and wife and their young son who appears to be in complete shock. They take the boy back to town to the kindly couple to care for and go back to bury the bodies, and while there, they make a horrific discovery as to the identity of the murderer.
I skimmed this standalone issue in my local shop. It looks better than the average LONE RANGER comic--more like a real story than a series of pretty paintings. I didn't get it because it cost a whopping $4.99. Hello? I'm not paying two-thirds the price of a paperback book for a comic I can read in 10 minutes.
What's interesting to me is how the comic portrays Tonto. As you can see from the cover, he's dressed in typical Tonto fashion. But something about his windblown hair, or maybe his grim visage, distinguishes him from the traditional sidekick.
This Tonto seems like a full partner to the Lone Ranger. In fact, he's at least as imposing as the man beside him. If I had to pick one of them to face in a dark alley, it wouldn't be the tough-looking Tonto.
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