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Deadlands: Black Water
Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012 by


Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jeff Mariotte
Art by: Brook Turner
Colored by: C. Edward Sellnar
Lettered by: Troy Peteri
Cover Art: Brook Turner w/ C. Edward Sellnar
Editor: Ron Marz

When I saw that Jeff Mariotte was doing a supernatural western I had to check it out. I loved Desperados, and miss it. I don’t know anything about Deadlands, except it’s a supernatural themed western RPG. So this was something had to check out.

I’m not disapointed.

But I am.

The story is interesting. It follows a man that is looking for his lost love, he’s being haunted by her in visions and has to find her. So he journeys to the west to find her, trying to go to Shan Fan. Along the way, along with his guide and his bodyguard, they encounter different things that move the story along. The ending is bitter sweet. He gets what he wanted, but not how he wanted.

It’s a good story. A nice one-shot.

But what disappoints me is that it was so quick. The story feels forced in some parts because it’s a one-shot and has to be quick. The ending is wrapped up a little too quick.

Like I said, it’s bitter sweet, but it just seems like there should have been more meat to the story. The black water only appears for one scene, so it’s odd that it’s the title of the story.

In the end it’s a good little story. A decent introduction to part of the Deadlands. I love the idea of part of California dropping into the ocean, and the water coming and filling in the canyons.

The art doesn’t help the story. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. It’s decent, leaning more on the bad side. Some of the action is hard to follow, with characters seemingly moving in perspective location from panel to panel.

3.5 out of 5

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