Wynonna Earp Volume 1: Homecoming – Beau Smith

His legend,
Her legacy,
Their law.

5063964-01-subI’ve completely and unabashedly loved the tv series based on this comic book series, so I was really looking forward to reading this comic compendium. It didn’t take long, though, before I was just confused. John Henry? Mars Del Ray? Dolls is Wynonna’s boss? Well, I suppose he is in the series as well, but it’s not as blatant. What’s even more confusing is that a little ‘net searching shows that while it all started with the comics, this comic miniseries is a tie-in to the tv series. (Looking at the covers and descriptions for other miniseries, there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection; if that’s Wynonna on the cover there, she’s a bosomy blonde. Very bosomy. I mean … remarkably bosomy, even for a comic book.)

The relationships were odd here. I was constantly distracted by trying to figure out when this was supposed to take place in relation with the series, with “John Henry” running around, and Dolls taking Wynonna on missions to kill zombies and chupacannibals. And Wynonna keeps getting people killed because she’s hot-headed, and Dolls keeps chastising her for not being a better agent. (Considering she hasn’t had any training, I’m not sure what he can realistically expect.) Peacemaker doesn’t appear until page 93 of a 120-page book; prior to that, she “blams” away right and left with apparently ordinary weapons. Basically, everything that makes the story the story on Syfy is missing or askew. Where are the sisters? What about the curse? What are they all doing out of Purgatory? Is it really supposed to be spelled Beau Beau? Some of these questions are answered in the last third or so of the book – but it’s all just very odd.

The writing was pretty clever, though it suffered in comparison with the show; as always in comic book series the art varied wildly among the books contained in this omnibus, from really wonderful to a bit rocky to painfully awful. (You’d think they would have found someone who could draw horses for an issue with horses in it.) I should have learned by now that a stunning cover (and this one is gorgeous) does not mean the interior art will be any good. I can’t help it – I went to art school. I just want better than bad comic art.

The horse ... it hurts me

The horse … it hurts me

I’m glad to have seen the books; I won’t look for any more. I can’t wait for the show to come back, though.

The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

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