April 18, 2011


the west was lost, by Beth Aileen Lameman and Myron A. Lameman:  A Review

By Ay-leen the PeacemakerWhat struck me most about this comic is how much of it was sparsely told with very little dialogue. Nezette as the group leader is both strong and capable, but, as with any one-shot comic, it leaves you wanting just a bit more afterwards. What happens to these characters? They succeed in their mission against the Zhaagnaash, but what awaits them next?

The comic also boasts wonderful, engaging artwork, and the character designs and art are bold, colorful, and striking. This was purposely described by the creators as Native steampunk, and I appreciated how both Native and steampunk imagery wasn’t stereotyped. The layouts aren’t spilling over with a thousand gears and brass bits; there is a steampunk train that runs on water vapor (green and steamy!) and really interesting arrows they use. Additionally, the characters are dressed in understated but distinctive clothing that both emphasizes their heritage without succumbing to an overload of the “buckskin, beads, and feathers” trap.
Comment:  This review seems to be partly a response to my review of December 2008. It links to my review, anyway.

"Sparsely told" sounds about right. Unfortunately, I don't consider that a compliment.

For more on Native steampunk, see Developing Native Steampunk and Steampunk in Colonial America.

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