The Lone Ranger #16 is yet another shining example of how to make a great comic book. Honestly, I’m really tired of this book not getting the recognition that it deserves.
In this issue, writer Ande Parks takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Ranger and Tonto have to travel to Chicago to track down the villain of the arc. It’s got some great fish out of water elements, and tastefully deals with the racism against Native Americans at that time in this country’s past. The book is also sprinkled with humor, as The Ranger learns that walking around in a big city wearing a leather mask doesn’t quite go so well. The villain of this story arc is particularly entertaining. He’s more than the stereotypical western bad guy. Hat’s off to Ande for turning the western genre on it’s ear and coming up with some truly unique characters.
Esteve Polls‘ art continues to amaze. At this point, he’s become THE Lone Ranger artist. I really can’t imagine anyone doing a better job on this book than him. This issue he’s particularly great, as he gets to stretch his artist muscle and draw some pretty great “big city” scenes. The detail here is amazing. And I’m not talking about backgrounds or faces (although they are there, and they’re awesome). I’m talking about the detail of what life was like in Chicago in that era. I mean, seriously, does anyone even know what an old west toilet looks like? Esteve does! VERY interesting art here. It’s worth a second read just to study the art itself.
OK, I am BEGGING you to pick up this book. You do NOT know what you’re missing. The fact that this creative team has not won or even been nominated for any awards is a crime. This title will hold its own against anything that’s been nominated for an Eisner this year. This is a QUALITY comic book, that is consistently excellent, month in and month out.