The GeeksverseThe Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro #1

The Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro #1
Published on Friday, March 18, 2011 by

Written by: Ande Parks
Art by: Esteve Polls
Colored by: Name Here
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: A- Alex Ross; B- Francesco Francavilla; C- Jerry Lawler; D- TOm Yeates
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

Dynamite crosses over two of their liscensed characters, Zorro and the Lone Ranger. These two always seemed like naturals to cross over, like they should have existed in the same universe. They’ve also had a habit of ending up at the same publisher, I don’t know if they have the same liscense holder or not. Topps published Lone Ranger and Zorro books awhile ago.

Parks does a good job of showing why they never crossed over even though they share the same world. Zorro operated years before the Lone Ranger, so the Ranger only knows of him from stories. But what he knows of the masked swordsman, is enough to make him drop what he’s doing and head off on a mission of vengeance.

Parks does good with Zorro. He writes a man conflicted but at peace. Don Diego is old, but he’s grown to love the life he has now. But there’s always the mask calling to him. Parks nails the charater of Zorro. Zorro was always the swashbuckler, always on the edge. He was a man of action and danger. Those are what fueled him. Parks shows Diego as a man at peace, but always wanting that edge back. And no one can blame him.

When confronted by a choice of what to do. He follows the action. Here Parks does good showing an aged hero. He’s still got his edge, but he makes mistakes, and those end up costing him.

The use of the Chumash chief as a framing device for the story is interesting. I’m not sure what it brings to the story but it does make you feel bad for Chief Solares that he doesn’t have a chance to redeem himself and help defend his people, or take vengeance for them.

For a crossover it seems odd to have one of them die in the first issue. It would have been cool to see the Ranger and Zorro fight alongside eachother.

Polls captures the look and feel of the time perfectly. He does good with the details on the Mission, capturing the parts that are falling down but at the same time the life that the tribe brings to the structure. He’s got a decent grasp of storytelling. His sword fight scene is nicely handled. The action panels are sparse, but the movements flow.

The Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro #1 receives
4 out of 5

A good issue that sees an aging hero fall doing what he has always done.

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