The Lone Ranger #12 is nothing short of excellence. We’ve had a full year of great stories by the same creative team. That is VERY rare in today’s comic industry.
In this issue, writer Ande Parks brings a great story line to an end. I’ve really enjoyed this arc, because of Parks ability to tell different kinds of stories within an ongoing title. In this story, we’ve had some vastly different pieces. Issues ranging from solo Lone Ranger tales, Tonto’s origin, the origin of the Indian tribe that Tonto is from, and finally, a good , old fashioned Lone Ranger climax. What I was most impressed by in this issue was Parks ability to show just HOW different the characters are, yet how these characters get along so well, despite their differences. Very powerful issue.
Artist Esteve Polls turns in his usual brilliance in this issue. There’s several different things that he has to draw this issue. From heavy drama to full out action, he never once disappoints, as per usual. This book, in particular, really lets him shine when it comes to human emotion and facial expressions. And, of course, he renders the beauty of the untamed west as only he can.
Another great issue in this fantastic series. I have to tell you, if you’re not reading this title, you’re really missing out. It IS a Western comic, but it’s first and foremost a great comic book set in the Old West. Highest recommendation!