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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #8
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The Lone Ranger #8The Lone Ranger #8
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

In The Lone Ranger #8, the origin of Tonto continues. But let me forewarn you, it’s not pretty. At all. Nor should it be. I mean, this IS the old west we’re talking about. After reading two issues of this title that revolve around Tonto, I can honestly say that I would read a Tonto solo title.

Writer Ande Parks is up to his old tricks again – writing awesome comics! This issue, as we get further into the “current” storyline (but not by much), we learn the next installment of Tonto’s origin. This is a GREAT comic. A great, well thought-out story, but I have to say, it’s a little on the heartbreaking side. After reading the last issue, you pretty much knew that Tonto wasn’t going to up and say to his family “OK, I’m going on some adventures,” but it doesn’t make it any easier to read. And therein lies the brilliance of Parks writing. I’ve know these characters for all of two issues, more like one and a half actually, and I was terribly sad when they met their fate. Parks does a fantastic job of making you care, one was or another, about every single character in this book. Another great issue written by Parks.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #6
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Dynamite Entertainment: The Lone Ranger #6 coverThe Lone Ranger #6
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 6, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #6 is the epic conclusion to the series’ first story arc, and man, is it a great one. We’ve been following the Ranger as he and Tonto have been fighting to save the town of Utopia from the evil Dorsey gang. When we last left them, both The Lone Ranger AND Tonto were in pretty rough shape. Here’s hoping they made it out OK!

Month in and month out I praise the writing skills of Mr. Ande Parks, and this is going to be no different. You might ask yourself WHY I do that. The answer is simple: Ande Parks is a damn fine writer. Plain and simple. If you’re not reading this title and his work over on Green Hornet, you’re missing out on some quality entertainment.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #5
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Lone Ranger 5The Lone Ranger #5
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: May 2, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #5 is what SEEMS to be the climax of the first story arc in this title, but in fact, there is one more chapter to go. I’m not happy that I have to wait a month, because quite frankly, I’m not sure how ANYONE would top this issue.

It’s no secret by now that I love this book and I love Ande Parks‘ writing. Not just here, his Green Hornet title is seriously underrated. But, back to this comic.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #4
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Lone Ranger 4The Lone Ranger #4
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: April 4, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #4 is another can’t-miss issue. With so many stories going on at once, you never get lost or confused for a minute while reading this excellent comic. For the fourth month in a row, it’s another home run for this book!

Writer Ande Parks crafts a fantastic story this issue with lots going on. There’s about four different tales going on at once, including a fantastic origin of a main character!!! Be SURE to pick this one up, because I have a feeling it’s going to be very important down the road. This issue really transcended my love of the PROPERTY of The Lone Ranger, and solidified my love for this as a COMIC BOOK. At this point, Parks has you invested in these characters, that you don’t even think of them as TV, movie, or radio characters. You just read it because it’s a great comic.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #3
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The Lone Ranger #3The Lone Ranger #3
Written by Ande Parks
Pencils by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: March 7, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #3 could be the last issue of the series and I really wouldn’t care. OK, I’d care A LOT. But in a different way. The creative team has packed everything that I’ve wanted this comic to be into just three issues. I’m happy as a clam all ready. What more do I need? I’m sure I’ll find out in about a month.

Someone get writer Ande Parks to Chicago so I can buy him a drink. I know, I know, a lot of you think I’m just paying lip service to the guy, but if you actually took the time to read the book, you’d understand. As I mentioned before, in just three issues he’s delivered on everything that I’d wanted out of the Lone Ranger comic. Heck, he even threw in my favorite move from western movie — the punch a guy with one hand and and catch his gun with the other movie. Classic.

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Comic Review: Green Hornet #22
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Green Hornet 22Green Hornet #22
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Igor Vitorino
Colors by Adriano Augusto and Marcio Freire
Letters by Marshall Dillion
Covers by Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau, and Brian Denham
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Here’s what Dynamite says about Green Hornet #22: “In the first issue of an all-new arc that will change Green Hornet forever changed, new villains arrive on the Century City scene, and an old hero dies. Britt Reid tries to manage a newspaper, fight the gangs of Century City, and figure out his relationship with the new Kato. Meanwhile, a new politician attempts to rise to the top of Century City’s power structure on a simple platform: stopping the Green Hornet’s “Reign of Terror”. Fear, loathing, lust and all-out kung fu action in Outcast, Part One of Six!”

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #2
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The Lone Ranger #2The Lone Ranger #2
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

In today’s comic book market, western comics are a hard sell. If you ask me, if more western comics were like The Lone Ranger #2, they wouldn’t be. In a time when every hero is almost a villain, and every villain is just a misunderstood victim, this book gives us a breath of fresh air — good guys vs. bad guys.

Writer Ande Parks really delivers in this issue. While this is the second chapter in the first arc of the series, it is, just like the first issue, basically a one and done, which is great. I can’t remember the last time I read a comic book that wasn’t to be continued in the next issue or worse, continued in 8 other comics. There’s something very satisfying about sitting down with a comic that has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #1
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The Lone Ranger #1The Lone Ranger #1
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marvelo Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: January 4, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment brings back the reason we all played Cowboys and Indians when we were kids. I’m happy to report The Lone Ranger #1 is an instant classic! And now inker Ande Parks has become known as WRITER Ande Parks.

Writer Ande Parks totally amazed me with this issue. Yes, I’ve been a fan of his run on The Green Hornet and Kato titles, but I feel here that he’s hit his stride. He writes The Lone Ranger like it’s a creator-owned property and not like a licensed property, and therein lies the difference. Parks would do well teaching this skill to some other writers out there.

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Comic Review: Green Hornet #21
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Green Hornet #21Green Hornet #21
Written by Ande Parks
Pencils by Ronan Cliquet
Colors by Ivan Nunes
Letters by Marshall Dillion
Covers by Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau, and Brian Denham
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: January 18, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

While reading The Green Hornet #21, I just couldn’t help but think “this is a great, old fashioned, mystery man comic.” Month in and month out, this title delivers on that level and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

Ande Parks hasn’t been writing Green Hornet all that long, but he’s really taken to his new job very quickly. I’m most impressed with his use of the reader’s intelligence. A lot of his issues are “one & done” stories that reference past issues WITHOUT the use of footnotes! Can you believe that? A writer that actually believes today’s comic fan has an attention span that goes back more than a month!! Well, on behalf of comic fans, THANK YOU, ANDE!!!

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Comic Review: Green Hornet #20
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Green Hornet 20Green Hornet #20
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Igor Vitorino
Colors by Ivan Nunes
Letters by Marshall Dillon
Covers by Phil Hester, Jonathahn Lau, and Brian Denham
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

If I had to pick one word to describe The Green Hornet #20, it would be-charming. It’s not too often a comic actually makes you feel better after you’ve read it, but this one does just that.

Writer Ande Parks serves up two stories in one issue here. A tale of the original Green Hornet & Kato and one of the modern day Green Hornet & Kato. Both fighting the same villain, but in very different ways.

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