East of west vol 1 by Jonathan Hickman
Vol 1: The Promise, illustrated by Nick Dragotta, lettered by Rus Wooton, colored by Frank Martin Jr
Three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been reincarnated as children in a nation that very slightly resembles the United States in a bizarre future. One of the Horsemen is nowhere to be seen, and the other three set off to find and kill him. We move to another scene where a man, dressed in an all white Wild West outfit, extorts information from a barkeep in exchange for the man’s life. What our mysterious man in white receives is a list of "The Chosen", the seven people who can bring about the End of the World based on the teachings of "The Message". The man in white is Death, and he’d very much like for the world not to end.
Welcome to a wild world of dinosaurs, outlaws with fun nicknames, and magic. The Doolin brothers, Duke and Dan, are just trying to get back to their loot but they’ve got robotic cops after them. Their other brother, Dave, just wants to find a quiet place to raise a girl he rescued. The Doolin father, “Death”, gifted each of his sons with a skull of a vampiric race, rumored to have magic capabilities. One grants a brother immortality, another skull grants the power to open portals to another dimension. This portal magic can be manipulated and used to decapitate adversaries. Dave and Dan leave the young girl with a friend, another outlaw and bounty hunter named “Symphony”, while they try to recover the third magic skull. Dave and Dan are captured, and an execution date is set for three months time. Meanwhile, Symphony teaches the girl how to shoot and how to protect herself. This all comes in handy when bounty hunters come after her, and she has to flee the city. All the attention garners some anger from another outlaw, “The Cherub of Golgotha”, who is upset that she is becoming more notorious than he, the previously most notorious child outlaw.
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