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East of West, Vol. 8

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We catch up with Death and Babylon in this eighth volume of the bestselling series, EAST OF WEST. Collects EAST OF WEST #35-38.


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We catch up with Death and Babylon in this eighth volume of the bestselling series, EAST OF WEST. Collects EAST OF WEST #35-38.

30 review for East of West, Vol. 8

  1. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Holy shit, I was so excited to read this that I forgot to mark it as currently reading! What’s it about? Uhh, gosh, so much has happened and this is a very complex story- PASS! Pros: The story is building up and remains fascinating. The art is stunning! I would say that the art in this series just keeps getting better! I mean seriously, that is amazing! The characters are still interesting. This story is still unpredictable. This volume included a few twists I did not anticipate. There’s some great comi Holy shit, I was so excited to read this that I forgot to mark it as currently reading! What’s it about? Uhh, gosh, so much has happened and this is a very complex story- PASS! Pros: The story is building up and remains fascinating. The art is stunning! I would say that the art in this series just keeps getting better! I mean seriously, that is amazing! The characters are still interesting. This story is still unpredictable. This volume included a few twists I did not anticipate. There’s some great comic relief moments! I especially love how Babylon sees everything differently (view spoiler)[ like when he thinks the human skull he found is an adorable plush monkey and ends up hugging it while sleeping! (hide spoiler)] It’s twisted but hilarious! I also really liked the Judge Dredd reference (people who’ve read this and are familiar with Judge Dredd most likely know the part I’m referring to)! One character in this volume deals with the loss of his beloved dog and while I normally hate stories involving a dead pupper, the human deals with it (view spoiler)[ John Wick style so when the pupper is avenged, it’s okay IMO (hide spoiler)] and it added a great new subplot. Cons: This volume has less action than usual. There’s still some action but it’s not even close to the level of action that the rest of the series included so it was underwhelming. The political commentary gets confusing. Normally this series does a very good job with it but in this volume there’s a scene where the topic it’s talking about is obvious but even after reading the scene multiple times I’m still there trying to figure out what the hell it’s even trying to say about it. This is the shortest volume so far so that was disappointing. Mostly because when I got to the end I was hoping for more but then my brain went “shit, I have to wait again?” Overall: This series still remains my favorite comic series I’d say. This is by far the weakest volume unfortunately. If I’m not mistaken I heard something about there only being another 2 volumes, I hope they’re better than this one but this one is still good. 4/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Quann

    Look, East of West might not be the most fulfilling comic to read on an issue-to-issue basis, but my trust in Hickman always pays off. If you aren't reading this and are interested in weird, geopolitical, alt-history stories then you're missing out. If you don't like Hickman, best to keep on moving.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Image Comics in exchange for an honest review. Still one of the best series going. The pressure keeps ratcheting up, and the various factions are moving into place for the apocalypse. It amazes me that literally no one is safe, and some surprise deaths/assassinations have caught me off guard. How long until the next volume is released?!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Uriel Perez

    By the end of this one I realized there’s less than ten issues left in this story and I won’t even know how to handle it when it’s over. The end is drawing ever nearer. The Chosen are being picked off one by one, nations are falling and power is being consolidated by only the most powerful. Death and his son, Babylon, travel westward to reunite with Xiaolin in what will surely culminate in one final battle against the remaining Chosen and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I love/hate the anticipatio By the end of this one I realized there’s less than ten issues left in this story and I won’t even know how to handle it when it’s over. The end is drawing ever nearer. The Chosen are being picked off one by one, nations are falling and power is being consolidated by only the most powerful. Death and his son, Babylon, travel westward to reunite with Xiaolin in what will surely culminate in one final battle against the remaining Chosen and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I love/hate the anticipation for each subsequent issue. I love this damn story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Still the absolute best, most imaginative thing going.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Selwa

    Another good volume from a good series. No complaints here, and I'm looking forward to the coming volumes, of which, supposedly, there are only 2 left. As much as I'm enjoying this series, I can also see the end coming, and I'm ready for it. It is the end of the world, after all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    A Little Homework Gets You In This series debuted in 2013 and this is collection Volume 8, (issues #35-38), so it seemed like a very bad place to try to step in to the series. But, I glanced through it and liked the art, the characters, the dialogue and the tone/atmosphere, so what to do? Well, for what it's worth, if you Google "East of West" you'll find a Wikipedia article that summarizes the plot, introduces all of the major characters, and offers some overall background. It turned out to be q A Little Homework Gets You In This series debuted in 2013 and this is collection Volume 8, (issues #35-38), so it seemed like a very bad place to try to step in to the series. But, I glanced through it and liked the art, the characters, the dialogue and the tone/atmosphere, so what to do? Well, for what it's worth, if you Google "East of West" you'll find a Wikipedia article that summarizes the plot, introduces all of the major characters, and offers some overall background. It turned out to be quite enough to allow me to dive in to the series, even at this late point. And it was worth it. As you might imagine, the series has a lot of moving parts. Basically, a dystopian world is headed toward the apocalypse and some characters are trying to speed that up, some are trying to slow it down, and a kid called Babylon, who has been raised up to be "The Beast", is slouching towards Jerusalem, which this time around is in Kansas. All four Horseman are in on the action. The whole thing is set up as a "sci-fi western", and as it turns out Revelations works very well as a sci-fi western. This particular volume spends a lot of time with Babylon, his father, (who happens to be the Horseman Death), and a chatty A.I. protector. These scenes are what first grabbed me because they are both very funny and touching. Other featured action follows the remaining three Horseman, who are all a bit psycho, and then various players who are leading their respective followers toward or away from the Ending. The tale has great energy and presence and the dialogue is sharp and assured, without fussy mumbo-jumbo. The look is great. The westernish scenes are muted in sandstone colors and spare lines and ink. The Horsemen are more vividly colored, and the other remaining scenes are designed, drawn and colored to fully reflect the characters and action they portray. The bottom line is that this is a richly conceived, nicely executed, and very entertaining series and I'm glad I invested the few minutes it took to get myself up to speed and into it. A rewarding find. (Please note that I had a chance to read a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Noah Appelbaum

    This was fine I guess? My genuine adult interested in comics really took off right when East of West was the new hype title everyone had to read, and having read a small billion comics since it's hard to say whether it would have captured my fancy to the same degree with my current more established bases of comparison. It's sort-of just not my thing, actually! Having said that, I really do think this has lost a ton of steam since the first couple trades. This far in, I still want to see what hap This was fine I guess? My genuine adult interested in comics really took off right when East of West was the new hype title everyone had to read, and having read a small billion comics since it's hard to say whether it would have captured my fancy to the same degree with my current more established bases of comparison. It's sort-of just not my thing, actually! Having said that, I really do think this has lost a ton of steam since the first couple trades. This far in, I still want to see what happens, but it's going to be a hard sell for me to spend any more money on these books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Three stars is an average: two stars for the writing, four stars for the art (and the world-building that informs the art). I am invested in the whole story, the EoW saga, but I am tired of the (to me) faux-politics and unbelievable machinations of the characters. The reasons people don't get killed in situations that seem undeniably fatal are getting more and more outlandish. But I will continue reading EoW til the end. I've got to know what happens.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I think this is my favourite comic being written today. In this volume we get: - Death and his son bonding - The other horsemen showing differentiation of personality - Wolf being not quite the nice guy he used to be - An angry Texas Ranger (does he have a name?) getting more help on his quest that can be reasonably expected - A couple of small, tragic moments. Dragotta's art continues to be great.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    The build up continues & its a good one at that. It's so satisfying to see the direction of the players in a complicated drama finally start moving in a way you can understand. Major players are getting picked off, people who've been searching find, machinations collapse, all building to a final throw down. Ready for the next one!

  12. 5 out of 5

    M.i.

    The cogs of war are in full swing and this volume, judging by its conclusion will have one of my favorite characters killed off. Its quite interesting that I wondered when the deaths will start piling up and in the last two volumes, some of the key players have already been taken out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So many threads in this story and they're all quite interesting. Nice to see Death and his boy get some quality time. Also nice to see the lawman taking care of business. But to what end? I'm curious to see where Archibald and Bel's Arc is going. Just a hint of that story in this volume.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CB

    I continue to be entranced by this series. I wait 6 months for the trade, devour it, and sit down to wait again. Nothing I've read is quite like this, and I can feel it starting to wind up. The ending will likely be tragically beautiful, just like the rest of the story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen Hires

    3.5 stars. Seemed a bit like too much filler. Come on, where’s the blood and guts? Next volume, I hope.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Saif Saeed

    Pretty sick how this series doesn't seem to be losing steam at all. One of the few comics I'm truly excited to see on the shelf every time there's a new volume.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barry Bridges

    Eight volumes in and it’s still great!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

    I love Death and Babylon's relationship is so amazing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Just like the rest of the series, this eighth volume of East of West delivers all the grit and action that we know Hickman and Dragotta can deliver. Another fantastic instalment.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deidre

    I never want this series to end!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    This series just continues to blow me away.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Still good stuff, though it is starting to feel a bit like things are being dragged-out to fill space. It's about time things get moving and this story starts to wrap itself up.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Clayton

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hugo Medeiros

  26. 4 out of 5

    Craig

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matt Stephens

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thebulversaint

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Martin

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