The Long Ranger #10
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Release Date: October 3, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
For the most part, The Lone Ranger #10 ends the absolutely brilliant Tonto origin story. This has been a really solid story, and what it DOESN’T do is make ticked off that the main character hasn’t really been in the spotlight of the book at all. It’s like a Tonto mini-series withing the pages of the title, but the story is so good, you don’t mind at all.
What praise can I heap on writer Ande Parks that I already haven’t? The story in this issue is great. He gives recaps of the last few issues in totally natural dialogue. This issue we get to see Tonto at odds with his own people and how he became the lone warrior that he was when he first met John Reid. It’s not a feelgood story, but at the end, you’ll be totally satisfied having read this great comic, and the ending promises some big time action in the near future. It’s nice to see that, while separately, Tonto and The Lone Ranger work together like a well-oiled machine, when they’re away from each other and on their own, they are somewhat different people, which just goes to prove that they NEED each other as partners to function as the premiere heroes of the old west. some great characterization from Parks in this issue.
And now we’re back to me praising artist Esteve Polls. Again, like Parks, I just can’t say enough good about him. Pick this book up and just LOOK at it for 5 minutes. Polls’ work rivals anything a artist at DC or Marvel are doing. Plus, it’s a different kind of book. You won’t find lush scenes and backgrounds of a United States not yet spoiled by huge skyscrapers, highways, etc. This man is truly talented when it comes to drawing. AND HE GETS HIS WORK DONE ON TIME!!!
In short, this is another great issue in the series. I have to be honest, I can’t wait for the next one, because it looks like The Lone Ranger will be more of a presence going forward. I really enjoyed this issue and the origin of Tonto storyline. VERY highly recommended.