Review: The Lone Ranger #21
Blizzard! On their way across the endless plains of Kansas, Tonto and The Lone Ranger are caught in the snowstorm of the century.
The Lone Ranger rides into the blizzard of the century in this month’s Lone Ranger #21. The story is written by Ande Parks with art by Esteve Polls. Marc Rueda handles colors with Simon Bowland providing lettering. The Lone Ranger rides out on a new adventure, but should you take the trip with him?
A family traveling in their covered wagon are trying to make the trip to a new town when they’re stranded thanks in part to a fierce blizzard. The husband decides to set out and try to find help in town, but his wife is scared he won’t make it. He promises to fire off a shot every hour to ease her concerns and hopefully alert someone that they need help. The Lone Ranger and Tonto hear the shots, but they’re too late to come to the man’s aid. He’s literally stone cold dead. The duo deduce he may have been trying to get help. They set out to find where the man came from, but the blizzard isn’t letting up. Can the Lone Ranger find the family in time? Will the blizzard make our hero have to turn back?
Parks writes a fantastic stand-alone story. This is a story that proves the Ranger can be a hero without having to ride in guns a’blazin and stopping bank robbers. The Lone Ranger is a hero because he doesn’t give up and he wants to do the right thing. It’s a nice, quick story that plays up emotion over action. Polls’ art is a perfect fit for a western tale. The artist has been doing great work on the series, but this one is a particular highlight. Selling snow and blizzards are hard to do, but Polls does it with a particular flourish. This feels like a good ol’ classic western dime novel. Rueda’s colors help sell that feel with his grounded approach at the landscape and lighting.
Bottom Line: Ande Parks always pulls off solid western stories. This one is a great story that feels a lot like a one-shot. You really see the Lone Ranger stripped down and we get to see how he really is a hero even more than he is a great shot with a pistol. 4.5/5