Tall Tales From The Badlands #3
Written by Sean Fahey, Mark Wheaton, Robert Napton, and Matt Dembicki
Illustrated by Jerry Decaire, John Fortune, Franco Cespedes, Ezequiel Rosingana, and Ruben Rojas
Lettered by Kel Nuttall
Cover by Borja “Borch” Pena
Black Jack Press
Release Date: September 02, 2013
Cover Price: $1.99
Sean Fahey is back with Tall Tales Of The Badlands #3 . With this latest collection of short stories from Black Jack Press, Fahey brings along a new set of story-tellers and artists, luring you into the supernatural and down right scary side of the wild-west. Once again, in all black and white, these stories are filled with grit, heartache, justice, and this time, a whole lot of fright.
Mark Wheaton crafts a devastatingly karmatic tale in “The Judgement Of The People,” a story of a crooked judge, the lives he’s hurt, and those who seek vengeance both in life and death. Jerry Decaire has a keen eye for perspective and emotion as proven by means of close-up shots of the characters within pivotal panels.
In Sean Fahey’s sad and fearful short story, “Apologies,” a father sees no other option but to murder his own family as they’ve been lost in the snowy mountains for over a month with no more provisions and no sign of help; but as dastardly events begin to unfold, not everything is as it seems. John Fortune‘s illustrations have a slight cartoon style, but at the same time are cold and rugged, matching the bitterness and horror of the story perfectly.
“Rustlers” by Robert Napton is a horror story set amidst a train robbery, as the thieves aboard the locomotive quickly realize they are in way over their heads. Franco Cespedes has an interesting drawing style that is reminiscent of old pulp and noir type comics set within the wild-est era and landscape.
In Matt Dembicki‘s “All Mine,” a showdown within a gold mine shows us that friendship can last beyond the grave. Ezequiel Rosingana is very detailed with his drawings and does a wonderful job at depicting the ugliness and dirtiness of the scenario.
“Where The Heart Is” by Sean Fahey is the story of two families struggling to survive on their own in Colorado, 1872; but there might be another place for them, somewhere very far away. Through scene by scene panel transitions, Ruben Rojas does a great job at displaying the everyday chores that each family member must adhere to in order to contribute.
Tall Tales Of The Badlands #3 just might be the best comic anthology I’ve read. I’ve really been enjoying this series and would highly recommend it all. If you like westerns, gun-slingin’ action, horror, and weird occurrences, this is for you.