I received a free digital copy of this first issue from Comixology a few weeks ago. The series is ongoing, and other issues are available for purchase in both digital and print editions.
The first issue of this official sequel to Django Unchained was written by Quentin Tarantino and Mark Wagner. It does little more than introduce us to the two main characters, in only the most cursory way. An aging Don Diego de la Vega is traveling with his mute driver through Arizona, where he first encounters Django and offers him a ride in his carriage.
They are soon accosted by a group of thieves, whom Django promptly dispatches. He then reveals to Don Diego that he knew the thieves were in the area, that he is a bounty hunter who was looking for the thieves, and that he requested a ride because he knew they would come after the carriage. Don Diego proposes that Django serve as his bodyguard, and that he will pay him in gold.
The trio arrive in Yuma. Some local hooligans harass the aging Diego for his colorful and extravagant wardrobe. And, of course, he promptly dispatches the group of them alone, with his cane and the sword inside it.
Django, Diego, and Diego’s driver ride off into the sunset, to meet with the Archduke of Arizona. And this is the end of the issue.
It is not an extravagant story, but it is an intriguing introduction. Of course, we don’t know (yet) where it is headed. I love Django, as portrayed by Jamie Foxx, in the movie.
Also loved Zorro from the old movies that I would watch Saturday afternoons on the UHF dial when I was a kid. Not the more recent Antonio Banderas films—they were fun movies too, but they felt more Banderas than Zorro. I am not positive which Zorro movies I was watching: it may have been the ones from the 1930s and ’40s; the ones from the 1950s; or the one from 1974. On my black & white 13″ tv, who could tell the difference? Regardless, Zorro is a fun character, who will celebrate his 100th anniversary in just a few years.
The art in this book is pretty good, illustrated by Esteve Polls. The colors by Brennan Wagner are vibrant, capturing the magic of the desert.
Overall, I would recommend this issue. The premise shows a lot of promise.