Over the past couple of years I’ve really come to appreciate western stories, which is why I was excited to read the WesterNoir: Book One graphic novel created by Dave West and Gary Crutchley. Published by Accent UK, the series combines horror, western and steampunk themes to show the darker side of human nature. The protagonist, Josiah Black, finds himself drawn into a world that he didn’t think existed, but has no choice but to embrace it if he wants to survive.
“Listen carefully, my son. You are not meant to right all the wrongs in the world. Seek justice in everything you do. But do not seek a fight. Violence only if it comes to you. These are not the teachings of the tribe. These are my teachings. You are your own man, Red Wolf. The world is changing quickly. You may not always understand it, but right and wrong will never change. The world is always talking to you, Red. If you rush to fight it, you won’t hear it. And if you can’t hear it speak, you can’t answer to it with justice.”
One of the great things about comics is the diversity of characters on offer. So, when a graphic novel focuses on a Native American superhero, it offers a fresh perspective on a well-known genre. Red Wolf: Man Out Of Time, written by Nathan Edmondson, follows Cheyenne warrior Red Wolf on a journey through time as he tries to balance his life as an outsider and protector.
Over the weekend, I appeared on Hannah’s Bookshelf, which plays on North Manchester FM every Saturday. Hosted by Hannah Kate, the show is about the world of writing and publishing. Hannah runs an independent press called Hic Dragones, and it was a pleasure to go on live radio for the first time.