Quick Rating: Fair
Title: A Kin of Homecoming
Wes Cutter finally comes home – to a home he has to fight for.
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art: Marcelo Frusin
Colors: Patricia Mulvihill
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Will Dennis
Cover Art: Marcelo Frusin
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
I’m glad to see DC taking some chances in the western genre again – I’ve always been a fan and it used to be a staple of the comic book form, so seeing the return of Jonah Hex and this new project by Brian Azzarello are definitely encouraging. That said, after the first issue of Loveless, I’m not sure if I’m seeing anything really new.
Wes Cutter, a former Confederate soldier who waited out the end of the Civil War in a Union prison, returns home to find Yankee soldiers taking up residence in his home. Naturally, he’s not going to stand for that.
Overall, this is a decent first issue, but there are two big problems for me. First of all, there’s the question of what the direction will be for this series. It can’t be a long-term comic about a single ex-soldier fighting for one small plot of land, that story is good for an arc, but not an ongoing series.
Second is the problem of Wes Cutter himself. As a protagonist, he’s something of a cardboard cutout. A former soldier, hardened by war, lost his faith in God and country… we’ve seen it everywhere from the Punisher to Mal Reynolds on Firefly. Wes rides a horse and curses more – aside from that, I don’t particularly see the difference.
If anything makes the book stand out, it’s the artwork. Marcelo Frusin does a really good job here. With heavy inks and a good use of shadows, he also has a good eye for design – the clothing and architecture all feels quite appropriate to the era. The fight scene is very well done, with a series of small, quick panels that give you an idea of Cutter’s skill, even against pretty massive odds Patricia Mulvihillhas a great handle on the colors as well, using a muted palette at some times, and getting a little more colorful in the daylight.
It will take a few more issues to get a feel for the comic book. It has a promising beginning, if the writer can pull himself away from the stereotypes of a western.