A book about Vampires, Monsters in the Wild West: WEST OF SUNDOWN Vol. 1 Book Review
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WEST OF SUNDOWN Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley, Aaron Campbell, and Jim Terry Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
Title: WEST OF SUNDOWN Vol. 1
Author: Tim Seeley & Aaron Campbell, Jim Terry (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: March 21, 2023
Publisher: Vault Comics
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, https://books2read.com/WEST-OF-SUNDOWN-Vol-1
La Sangre es la Vida A beautiful vampire must flee monster slayers in New York City and reclaim the ancestral soil that restores her undead flesh. But the world has changed since she was reborn in the New Mexico desert, and now, Constance Der Abend and her loyal assistant Dooley, must adapt to life in the rough frontier town of Sangre De Moro, where all sorts of monsters have settled. West of Sundown – where Hammer Horror and literary monsters stake their claim in old New Mexico. A Western tale of survival starring a cast of literary horrors from the diabolical minds of Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Vampire: The Masquerade, Money Shot), Aaron Campbell (Hellblazer, Infidel), and Jim Terry (Vampirella, Come Home, Indio)! For fans of From Dusk Till Dawn, Westworld, Red Dead Redemption, American Vampire, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hammer Horror films, Universal monsters, and Preacher! Collects the entire 5-issue first arc of the smash-hit series!
"If you like your horse operas bloody, if you thought The Searchers was fine, except for all the missing vampires and werewolves and monsters, then … Tim Seeley, Aaron Campbell, and Jim Terry have a book here for you. Come walk with them through the Old West, and don’t trust them when they tell you it’s all going to be fine. It’s not. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.” -- Stephen Graham Jones (New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians, My Heart is a Chainsaw) “…a tawdry monster mash that’s bloody entertaining” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Vigorous, bloody pulp fiction boned with fierce intelligence and blooded with delicate observation. This just might be the start of the best monster universe since Universal's." -- Daniel Kraus (New York Times bestselling author of The Shape of Water, Trollhunters, and The Autumnal) “Western gets weird in this gore-strewn, rollicking adventure set in the 1870s …with a wink toward gothic Victorian horror.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
I give WEST OF SUNDOWN ⭐⭐⭐1/2!
A Penny Dreadful set in the wild west, WEST OF SUNDOWN brings vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstien's Monster to untamed parts of the Americas. But these aren't the classic monsters we remember from across the pond. They're mixed with the cultures and myths of North and South America.
What I liked.
The illustrations and layout are lively, They carry you effortlessly through the story and portray unique and delightfully gritty characters. My favorite character is Rosa who is still a mystery to me. The book explains her origin and how she became a vampire. But without giving away any spoilers, I still have questions about her origin and how she grew up. It piqued my interest enough to want to read and learn more.
What I didn't like.
While the comic is full of action the storyline often took too many twists and turns. Quite often, I had to reread or go back to make sure I knew why the setting changed or why new characters were introduced.
Overall, this grisly tale of the west kept me invested to the end and wondering: When will volume 2 be published?
About Tim Seeley:
TIM SEELEY is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, WILDCATS and ANT-MAN & WASP. His writing work include NIGHTWING, MONEY SHOT , INJUSTICE v. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ,the critically acclaimed REVIVAL, and the NY TIMES bestselling HACK/SLASH. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, daughter and 80s action figure collection. Hometown: Chicago, IL
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About Aaron Campbell:
Aaron Campbell has been working as a comics artist for a decade, and is now the co-writer of Vault Comics horror title, West of Sundown. During his time in comics, he’s illustrated the adventures of some of the world’s most iconic characters, including Hellblazer, Batman, Harley Quinn, The Shadow, Green Hornet, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Infidel, working with such revered writers as Garth Ennis, Matt Wagner, James Robinson, and Andy Diggle. Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
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About Jim Terry:
JIM TERRY is a Native American comic book artist who’s memoir Come Home, Indio was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Ignatz, as well as the artist on such titles as THE CROW, HACK/SLASH, HEAVY METAL and more. He is currently working on WEST OF SUNDOWN from Vault Comics. He lives in Chicago with his 4 cats.
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2 winners will receive a finished copy of WEST OF SUNDOWN Vol. 1, US Only.
Ends April 7th, midnight EST.