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.
For the most part, The Lone Ranger #10 ends the absolutely brilliant Tonto origin story. This has been a really solid story, and what it DOESN’T do is make ticked off that the main character hasn’t really been in the spotlight of the book at all. It’s like a Tonto mini-series withing the pages of the title, but the story is so good, you don’t mind at all.
What praise can I heap on writer Ande Parks that I already haven’t? The story in this issue is great. He gives recaps of the last few issues in totally natural dialogue. This issue we get to see Tonto at odds with his own people and how he became the lone warrior that he was when he first met John Reid. It’s not a feelgood story, but at the end, you’ll be totally satisfied having read this great comic, and the ending promises some big time action in the near future. It’s nice to see that, while separately, Tonto and The Lone Ranger work together like a well-oiled machine, when they’re away from each other and on their own, they are somewhat different people, which just goes to prove that they NEED each other as partners to function as the premiere heroes of the old west. some great characterization from Parks in this issue.
The Lone Ranger #9 continues the dual tale of the present day Lone Ranger trying to get Tonto back to his tribe while three years earlier, we continue to learn the origin of Tonto and how he came to be the warrior that his is today.
Writer Ande Parks does it again! JUST when you think he’s not going to be able to top the last issue, he easily does. This issue is probably one of my favorites. About 98 percent of it continues the Tonto origin story, and man, is it a story. While I don’t want to go into spoiler territory, the whole issue is framed by a heartbreaking Native American folk tale that is almost perfectly paralleled by the events going on in Tonto’s own story here. There’s a pretty generous amount of violence and bloodshed, but it’s very tastefully done (more on that later) and if you’re on the squeamish side, I wouldn’t worry at all. What we have here is another solid, entertaining comic of the western genre. Parks knows how to turn out a very entertaining story without talking down to his audience and without falling into the standard “Cowboys & Indians” trap that most authors of today’s western comics do.
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.
As if the regular title wasn’t enough, Dynamite this month gives us The Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron #1, the start of a miniseries that is a fantastic Lone Ranger adventure that spans the almost the whole country and is full of mystery, action, and good old fashioned good guys vs bad guys. Sort of.
Acclaimed writer Chuck Dixon takes on The Lone Ranger!!! This is an excellent first issue. It really reminds me of a classic episode of the TV series, but with a wider scope to it. For one, The Lone Ranger and Tonto are separated, and we follow each character on their adventures, which are VERY different from each other. While Tonto is stuck in a more “civilized” environment than he’s used to, the Ranger is set off tracking the mythical “Spirit Horse” that has the Kaigwa Indian tribe VERY upset. While on his mission, the Ranger runs across a very cute, comic foil for him and he’s forced to try and keep an eye on her while trying to keep peace with the Indian tribe. Tonto, unknown to him, is about to set off on the same mission, but he’s halfway across the country.