The Lone Ranger and Zorro: The Death of Zorro #5
Writer: Ande Parks
Art: Esteve Polls
Colorist: Oscar Manuel Martin
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Editor: Joseph Rybandt
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
With Don Diego dead, the Lone Ranger and Tonto have joined forces with the local Chumash Indians to avenge his death. A rogue Confederate regiment, on the run since the end of the Civil War, have taken over the Chumash mission, and to save them and find justice for Zorro, blood will be spilled.
This miniseries, in the end, amounted to an awful lot of build-up for a moderately exciting climax. There’s action here, to be certain, and the way this story connects the dots to the continuation of the Zorro legend is respectable and well-meaning. But the fight feels very quick and it doesn’t feel like there’s enough time devoted to exploring this “new” Zorro that we meet here. I think that things, honestly, would have been served better by trimming this five-issue series down to four issues, or maybe even three. There doesn’t seem to have been enough story to justify the length. Esteve Polls does good work on the final battle, and the 20th-century framing sequence is a nice contrast to the 19th century main story, but all in all, I feel like this could have been done faster.