LOVELESS: Hard-boiled Western
I just read the preview copy of Vertigo/DC's LOVELESS, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Marcelo Frusin, and let me tell you, the hair is standing up on my arm as we speak! Azzarello, known for his incredible run on 100 BULLETS (6 compilations available so far), HELLBLAZER (the best run in my opinion, "Freezes Over") and others delivers another hard punch to the gut with LOVELESS. Frusin outdoes himself with his best cinematically-influenced artwork, which owes a deep debt to the fantastic Sergio Leone "Spaghetti Western" films of the '60s... but that's not to say it's a pastiche or rip-off - Frusin carves out his own harsh, bleak territory, with loads of dark black ink. Just the way I like it. The plot? Well, not sayin' too much: Wes Cutter comes back from the War Between the States to find his life, land and everything he held dear long gone, and carpetbaggers and Yankees stinking up his place. And he's not gonna abide by that. What he has come through and what he will become promises to be an interesting journey. Well worth checking out.