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East of West #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Nick Dragotta Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 36
9.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. A Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse...who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States. One of the most exciting new books of the year, this is EAST OF WEST, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the award-winning team of Marvel's FF, JONATHAN HICKMAN and NICK DRAGOTTA.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Mar 27, 2013

    Not many comics can do what East of West did. A genre bending, character-driven story about the apocalypse sounds nigh impossible, but Hickman and Dragotta pull it off. To create a perfect single issue, the comic must be able to tell a self-contained story and also create a bigger picture that makes the wait until next month excruciating. East of West does exactly that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Mar 27, 2013

    East of West #1 is a brilliant release that start this series in the best way possible. From the illustrations to the written word this has got to be the most impressive launch I've reviewed for Unleash The Fanboy. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Mar 27, 2013

    With East of West, Image Comics takes another giant leap forward in becoming the go-to comic label for outstanding books. A perfectly presented package, this book is something special that deserves all the praise it will rightfully get. Congratulations guys, we’ve found our new favourite series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 27, 2013

    I want more comics like EAST OF WEST. It shouldn't be a surprise being that the comic is from Jonathan Hickman. Teaming up with Nick Dragotta once again and with Frank Martin's colors, it not only is a captivating read, the art and color will make your eyes happy. With a futuristic/sci-fi Western feel, this comic stands apart from the others on sale. There's something for everyone here. All you need to know is this is not a comic you should miss out on. It's the next big comic people will be talking about. It's a comic you'll be happy you read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Apr 1, 2013

    Make no mistake: this is dark and bloody territory. Yet it is also a rewarding and compelling read. It seems there is another Image title that will make four weeks seem like an eternity at least 12 times a year. Judging from the hyperbole around the web, a cacophony of praise that we've just happily added to, this series has a strong foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    If you cant tell by now, you should buy East of West #1. Just put it in your pull list, digital cart, whatever you need to do, dont miss a single issue of this one. East of West features some of Hickmans strongest work, Dragottas best art to date, and showed the continuing power of what having a good colorist will do for your comic. This is a cant miss series and you will be remiss if you pass up the opportunity to read this one. If there was a level beyond highly recommended, I would invent one, its that good. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 27, 2013

    East of West is astonishing. Something that may reset the bar by which all other comics are tested. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Mar 29, 2013

    Really good. I didn't understand everything in this first issue, but I don't think I was supposed to. Hickman has created a fabulous world and teased several things I really want to know the answers to. Dragotta's art isfantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Apr 2, 2013

    It's a rare moment when something passes through and upon the first reading you know you have found something special. East of West is one of these moments. Upon reading this issue I spread the word and have heard nothing but positive responses. There's some elements of the story that are hard to grasp " those who like a quick read or easy plot won't like it " but there's a sense that you're not meant to get it all in one go. Unless someone is against westerns there are few issue to find with East of West. It's early to tell, but if Hickman and Drogotta can keep this up they might just have another The Walking Dead or Saga on their hands. After reading East of West #1 it has immediately made itself a prominent place in my pull list. It should find a home in yours too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Mar 31, 2013

    The story that Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta are telling here is an incredibly interesting one. There's elements from all kinds of stories, including westerns, science fiction, the bible, revenge stories, and lots more, but Hickman and Dragotta mix them together into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Hopefully East of West did not fly under your radar, but if it did, I would suggest doing your darndest to get your hands on a copy. The price to page ratio alone is worth the purcahse. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 29, 2013

    What's especially nice about "East of West" #1 is that it's very clear by the end of this first issue that this isn't a thin story. There's an untold background hinted at, a hidden conspiracy that set everything in motion and of course the world-building that's going on to get us from our timeline to this one. Hickman and Dragotta are clearly telling an epic story, and it feels so rich and textured that it's hard to not want to see more. The comic is off to an extremely strong start, and it's a big victory for Hickman, Dragotta, and Image Comics. I'm definitely coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Doug Garbark Mar 27, 2013

    Suffice to say, everybody should pick up East of West #1. It is a fantastic series that is smart, creative, and beautiful but might be a bit heavy for some readers tastes. The only way to know if this series is for you is to buy the issue and make the determination. No matter what you think of the world East of West takes place in, there is no denying the comic boasts some of intense moments and powerful dialog. Snatch this up as soon as you can and maybe even grab two because this series is here to stay and will surely boast a large fan base. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Robert Bernstein Mar 29, 2013

    A sci-fi western with an alternate version of history about the Four Horsemen with a racial war apparently coming into play appears to be what East of West is, and I LOVED every minute of it. Hickman, Dragotta and Martin have crafted a quality introductory issue and the fact that they chose to use Image Comics to express themselves is fitting, being that Image has an extensive catalog of unique comic books. A second printing of East of West #1 has already been ordered, so you had better go out and grab this one while you can! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 1, 2013

    If you are looking for something new, you've found it and if you have heard the hype surrounding this release, believe it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Mar 31, 2013

    I've got a feeling East of West is going to be a long series, and a very successful one, as long as Hickman/Dragotta continue to give readers an issue like this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 25, 2013

    If Manhattan Projects has kind of ground down to a halt for you with its plodding pacing (except for its slight revival last issue), then the more grounded and streamlined narrative of East of West is what you've been praying for. It's Hickman being his best Hickman while hitting on all cylinders and charging full speed ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Mar 26, 2013

    I'm expecting some huge things when this series debuts. Expect a sell out of the first issue, so do yourself a favor, and make sure this debut issue is in your pullbox. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Mar 28, 2013

    "East of West" isn't the out of the gate success that fans would hope it to be. Even with an oversized debut issue, Hickman could've used more time to give the book a stronger narrative foundation. Hickman relies a little too on the "Lost method," layering mysteries to build interest. Still, the incredible potential of the world that Hickman and Dragotta are creating is definitely on display. There are literally hundreds of stories waiting to be told about this strange alternate future, many of which are teased and seeded in this very issue. While "East of West" lacks the heart of Hickman's other work, this first issue is an extremely fun and exciting start. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Apr 1, 2013

    Dragotta seems to have a nice flair for interpreting Hickman and his artwork at moments brings me flashbacks of Hickmans older work like the aforementioned Pax Romana and Red Mass for Mars " the characters are not the greatest rendering but the expression he gives them more than makes up for that. Sheer awesomeness is to be had and I really want the next issue to arrive yesterday! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Mar 27, 2013

    Hickman accomplishes here what other writers might spend a whole series building up, which leaves the door wide open for this imaginative story to go east and west and then north and south, to boot. With over 30 pages of pristine Dragotta artwork colored by the incomparable Frank Martin all for $3.50 -- and printed on that nice Image paper, mind you -- East of West is a hard book to pass up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jumbus_Christ Mar 28, 2013

    I can say with relative ease that Hickman and Dragotta are in the process of creating a new masterpiece. “East of West” # 1 is an incredibly strong first issue, which could have spent more time babying us into the world. Then again, this is Hickman, so I guess well just have to hang on and go for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 26, 2013

    Many people will dismiss East of West not knowing where it is headed, or even worse, calling it self-indulgent on Hickman's part. I do think this is a comic that relies on the voices of its creators, but I think that's ultimately a good thing " I don't see Hickman or Dragotta going for the deep themes or the movie deals, but instead are producing a platform for pure style. That's good for now, even if that can't last forever. With sharp art and strong dialogue, this first issue has a lot going for it " but first impressions aside, only time will tell if East of West will find its narrative true north. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover Apr 2, 2013

    There's a lot of mystery to that setting and to this story in general, so while the first issue lacks the narrative punch Red Wing had immediately, there's also a sense that this debut is misleading on purpose and this will be one of Hickman's slow burns, a Station to Station style release, if you will. Maybe it won't entirely triumph by the end, but I feel confident in saying that it will be worth the ride and the brain scratching that ensues, nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 30, 2013

    I've seen a couple of references online referring to East of West as "the next Saga." I hope the reference is one to its potential collectibility and the fervent following Saga has engendered, because as fascinating as East of West is, I'm not quite as enthralled as I am by Saga. I can see some parallels, yes - the mix of magic and sci-fi, some oddball designs, such as the weird steed ridden by Death as he parts ways with his siblings. But I think Saga, despite being set against an interstellar war and its weird, monstrous character designs, it ultimately has a positive tone, celebrating nature and life. East of West - at least so far - is dark, dark, dark. It's about ugly people doing ugly things in ugly places. And I'm great with darkness and harshness. I'm eager to meet the missing Horseman, though, and to learn its motivation for turning its back on its nature and prophecy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 29, 2013

    No question, I'm onboard this series for a while, at least: I'm as intrigued as anyone by a good mystery, and there's plenty here to choose from; I'm hoping that there will be some distinctive characterization and involving plot to go with it. Read Full Review

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