Written by Andres Salazar
Illustrated by Jose Pescador
Colored by Andres Salazar
Lettered by Andres Salazar
Cover by Jose Pescador
Decade Brothers Studios
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Cover Price: $20.00
A western. A horror. A western horror. Yes, please. Andres Salazar and Jose Pescador began with a Kickstarter campaign and finished with the first volume in a series of graphic novels called Pariah, Missouri. Find out my thoughts below.
Hiram Buchannan isn’t as he seems. To the public eye, he’s a high-class gambler from out of town with a penchant for cheating; but in reality, Hiram has been sent by the powerful Mr. Pinkerton of Chicago to protect the town of Pariah, Missouri from evil of any sort. When Pariah’s town marshal is murdered, followed by the deaths of two orphan boys, Hiram has a hunch that two mysterious traveling theater entertainers who waltzed into town just a few days prior have something to do with it. Gathering a rag-tag team of individuals with special abilities — some of the paranormal variety — Hiram and his crew will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind the heinous crimes and make sure that it never happens again; unfortunately, it seems as though there are some other evil forces at work within the town that are beginning to take notice of Hiram’s antics — and they are not too thrilled.
“Deadwood Meets Buffy” is the tagline on the Pariah, Missouri Kickstarter page and that is almost completely accurate. I would just add in a dash of Supernatural, a hint of Warehouse 13, and something entirely new to top it off. This graphic novel is refreshing. Salazar has created a magnificent blend of a supernatural thriller amidst a western backdrop. The dialogue picked me up and dropped me off in mid-19th century western United States, right where it wanted me. Secrets, burdens, and character depth make for great storytelling and Salazar has provided all of the above and then some.
Pescador’s illustrations are spot on western-style with a variety of light browns, reds, and yellows. Each character has a unique style all their own and he does a great job at relaying the differences between high society and the lower class.
I am really impressed with Pariah, Missouri and cannot wait until the next installment is available. With an ensemble cast as colorful as this one, there are sure to be plenty of stories to tell and plenty of mischief for Hiram and company to get into.