325. Iron West by Doug TenNapel

Iron West by Doug TenNapel

Rating: (5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

2006, Image Comics, 160 pgs

Age: (14+)

"Preston Struck is an incompetent outlaw with a heart of fool's gold. He discovers an army of metal men bent on destroying central California. While Struck avoids any form of heroism, he gets a little help from a magical old shaman and his sidekick Sasquatch. Struck is going to need all the help he can get because he's deputized just as the mechanical men have taken over the railroad and are mutating the train into a giant demonic iron monster."

Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan.

Absolutely brilliant.  I loved this one and think it has moved up to being my favourite of TenNapel's books, and I've read a good many of them now.  This one is perfectly suitable as a YA-Adult read.  I may be partial to this because I am a sucker for both Westerns and Steampunk and Doug has put these two together brilliantly.  Only Doug TenNapel could put together the motley crew of cowboys, robots, Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, a train Transformer-type dude, and a lovely lady of the evening in distress AND make it work beautifully without a hitch.  Seamlessly we get a wonderful story of courage, stepping up to the plate, the need for community to rally together and the pitfalls of technology.  All this with a surprise twist ending gives a rollicking great story.  The art?  What can I say but it's Mr. TenNapel at some of his finest!  Can you tell I really loved this book?!