Review: The Lone Ranger #14
Continuing a series of stand-alone, single issue tales. Blood, dust and vengeance in the Wild West. The Lone Ranger and Tonto join a posse on the trail of a cold-blooded killer. What they find at the end of the chase is a ghost from Tonto’s own past… a man Tonto had a chance to kill, but left alive at the cost of countless others. Now, the West’s most iconic heroes must weigh the killer’s fate again.
This week sees the release of The Lone Ranger #14, the second in Dynamite’s run of one-shot stories looking at The Lone Ranger and his sidekick Tonto. The story is written by Ande Parks with art from Esteve Polls. Marcelo Pinto handles colors with Simon Bowland rounding things out with lettering. So is this a good one and done story you should read, or is this one that should just be done?
The Lone Ranger and Tonto have joined a posse hot on the trail of a killer. With the posse close behind, the killer slays his horse and hunkers down with his rifle. With the killer able to take long range shots, the Ranger tells everyone they will wait until night. As night falls, Tonto goes to ambush the killer. When he gets his hands on the man, he realizes it’s someone from his past. The man was once on Tonto’s bad side, but Tonto let him run away. That mistake led to countless lives lost after the killer had his face disfigured by a kerosene lamp (think Jonah Hex meets Two-Face). The man recounts his story to Tonto, but when it’s all said and done Tonto has to decide if he’ll let the man live a second time.
Parks crafts another straight-forward story that’s easily accessible with a few nods to past stories if you’re a regular reader. The Lone Ranger one-shots have been great pieces of storytelling that allows new readers a place to jump in. Parks makes this one a nice self-contained character piece. Polls’ art serves the story well. Pinto’s colors are fantastic on the daytime scenes and dark and brooding for the nighttime sections dealing with the ambush.
Bottom Line: The Lone Ranger serves up another great western story. The one-shot approach gives the title a chance to do something different and fresh. Parks and Polls offer a great piece on Tonto and the results of a choice he made a long time ago 4/5