Dark Horse Comics First Look at Kingsway West
Here is what we know:
"After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul."
Sounds good, right? Well, it is, but has a few bumps along the way and it seems to be the same bump. When I first picked up a copy, I was excited to jump into the start of a new series and one which is written by Greg Pak. Set in an alternative timeline We meet Kingsway Law, who has been locked away in prison for the last thirteen years and is hell-bent on finding his wife, which will be no easy task. As Pak would describe it, "Our story takes place in an alternate Old West that reflects the real history of great diversity and terrifying racial conflict of the actual Old West. But we're creating an alternate world that could have a very different future from our own."
When Kingsway gets out of jail, he heads towards the Old West and runs into a mysterious Chinese swordswoman who is in search of Kingsway and has a dangerous mission for him. Now that is all I will give away of the story because I think it is important to experience things for ourselves and besides, Who likes spoilers?
So instead of spoiling things lets look at Kingsway West. Kingsway is described by Pak as "a wild man of the frontier who's made his own law," and has something he needs to do, and it doesn't matter who gets in the way.
As for the book itself, there were a few things I had trouble with, and maybe I need just to read it again. I did not realize that Kingsway was locked up and placed in prison for thirteen years, and I think because when it came to transitions, there was something missing.
What I did like is the world in which this story is set in. I am also intrigued by the characters we have met and the ones we have yet to meet. This is only the first issue and On the other hand, this is one man's opinion, and you really should experience the story for yourself. I am looking forward to issue #2, but for now, I recommend you check out issue #1 of Kingsway West, which will be On The Shelf August 24, 2016.
Kingsway West is written by Greg Pak with Art by Mirko Colak, colors by Wil Quintana and letters by Simon Bowland and will be On The Shelf August 24th for 3.99 from Dark Horse Comics and can be picked up at your local comic shop.
If you are a trade waiter the trade paperback will be released on March 17, 2017 and can be picked up here: Kingsway West Vol. 1
So will Kingsway West make your August pull list? Let us know what you think in the comment section below