Review – Kingsway West #2

  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Artist: Mirko Colak
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana
  • Cover Artist: Mirko Colak

In the first issue it ended with Sonia getting kidnapped while Kingsway and Ah 29000Toy run into some trouble with local soldiers, we also get a glimpse of the main antagonist’s and their plans for the future.

Early on in the issue we get a flashback of Kingsway and Sonia telling each other stories of their experiences of war, with promise of a new future the two of them agree to leave their past behind them and look towards a new life together. Back in the present Kingsway saves Ah Toy from the soldiers that attack her and again she asks him to come defend his people, but Kingsway again shoots the offer down telling Ah Toy that the people he saved also turned on him for the Queens reward.

The issue takes an interesting turn when the two men we seen at the end of the first issue, who are now identify as Dr. Uhrmacher and Strode meet up with the woman with angel wings. We find out the Red Gold can give abilities, mutations and even bring back the dead. Clearly Red Gold is a precious commodity in the world of Kingsway and there’s many that would kill for it.

Conclusion:  While the story opened up a little bit more there are still a lot of question that will hopefully be answered, as of right now we only know the past of Kingsway and that Red Gold is powerful and hard to find. I find myself more interested in the antagonist then in Kingsway, again maybe that will change in future issues so I’ll wait until then.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – KINGSWAY WEST #1

  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Artist: Mirko Colak
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana
  • Cover Artist: Mirko Colak

After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese 28999gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul.

KINGSWAY WEST is an interesting tale, think once upon a Time mixed with a little Sci-Fi Western then add some Chinese folk lore and you get Kingsway west. The first issue establishes the world of Kingsway and its main protagonist Kingsway Law. The world has been torn apart by war and because of that it looks as if every state has its own kingdom, when we first meet Kingsway Law he is hiding out in the snowy mountains of the Golden City Dead Zone.

He comes encounters some Chinese soldiers and after a brief skirmish which leaves him passed out, he’s later found by an Mexican woman name Sonia who he ends up bonding with. The story jumps to 5 years later and now Kingsway Law seems fully adapted to the terrain, we also find out he and Sonia are married. Action picks up when a woman with a dragon comes looking for Kingsway, she approaches him and ask’s if he knew the Kingsway, not knowing if she is after his head, Kingsway decides to lie to her as the woman leaves Kingsway notices an explosion  where his home is located.

The issue ends with Kingsway arriving at the explosion site and sees the woman he had lied to earlier in trouble with nearby Chinese soldiers who are looking for red gold, the soldiers continue to push the woman around but Kingsway takes them out before they can cause more harm to her, she realizes that he is actually the man she was looking for. Meanwhile two men who appear to be at a ship of sorts are talking, a woman with angel wings walks up to them and they ask her to check out an area signal they tracked on too, it seems the two men plan on taking the red gold and using it for something big in the future.

Conclusion:

Writer Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk, X-Men) gives a Sci-Fi Western in Kingsway West, filled with fantasy elements and western culture, the world of Kingsway is unconventional which makes it a fresh and original story despite it being new. The Artwork by Mirko Colak ( Red Skull, Secret Warriors) is amazing, his work is clean and nicely detail making it easy to depict whats going on.

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Release Date: August 24, 2016

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆