The end of this graphic novel left me feeling unfulfilled so it’s hard to write this review.
The story is of “Bloody” Chester who starts off as a scrawny loser locked in the jail of a wild west town. He’s offered a job – burn down plague afflicted Whale so the railroad can pass through the area. Not thinking much of it, Chester goes to Whale. There are 2 survivors and 1 man dying of the plague left. All he has to do is convince them to leave and burn the whole place down – not a problem especially since the survivors are basically kids.
However, nothing is as it seems and soon Chester begins to unravel the origin of the plague and finds his job a lot more difficult than he thought. At first, this story has a supernatural feel but everything is explained in “normal” terms. That’s not the problem, I actually liked that it turned out not to be supernatural. To tell you why the ending bothers me would ruin the story. That may not be necessarily true – I just felt that the story ended in a weird place. I needed a tiny bit more. There may be an upcoming sequel which would explain why the strange ending but I don’t know.
The art is pleasing, muted but still colorful. It reminds me of manga in the style. I felt the art painted a full picture and gave me a real feeling of the life they were living. There’s slight humor that made this book really enjoyable. There is a small amount of violence that might disturb a sensitive reader. The language is slightly more adult with some swearing making it not appropriate for a young reader. I do see this appealing to teens and anything that gets them reading is a good choice.