Comic Book Review
Is East of West the next big Image title?
Among a slew of new Image titles, we get East of West from the creative team of Johnathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. The question remains, will East of West be the next Image title to follow series such as Saga and The Walking Dead and gain colossal popularity? It seems to have the potential.
A picture is painted of an alternate world which begins following the Civil War. A meteor strike changes the course of history forever, resulting in the United States being divided into several different regions. In the year 2064, our story shifts to the rebirth of three of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse (Conquest, War, and Famine.) They soon discover that the fourth (Death) is not among them. The three decided that he has gone rogue and that they must bring about his demise. The reminder of the story follows Death and his companions as they wreak havoc and distraction, ending in Death’s assassination of the President.
Albeit slightly complicated and wordy, Hickman does a masterful job laying out his narrative. Due to an intriguing story complemented perfectly by the artwork of Nick Dragotta, East of West has all of the makings of “the next big thing.”