"Pariah, Missouri" – Deadwood meets The X-files? ~ What'cha Reading?

“Pariah, Missouri” – Deadwood meets The X-files?


Twitter is the greatest invention ever!

Okay, obviously there have been some other pretty great inventions. I mean hell the comic book hit the scene in 1933 so I guess maybe twitter is second best? I hear what you’re saying. You’re saying “Chuck? What’s all the hyperbole?” (really, you went with hyperbole? nerd) Allow me to explain, while sending and receiving some pretty awesome emails, texts, and tweets last night I got one from Andres Salazar. Andres has a Kickstarter project I think you’ll enjoy…

pariah,MO print-final

Here’s the pitch:

“1857.  Pariah, Missouri is a riverboat boom-town and a haven for the unscrupulous. The charismatic Hy Buchanan works undercover as a foppish cheat, and creates a rag-tag team to ferret out evil, both the corruption of man and the supernatural. His first challenge is the arrival of a duo of thespians, whose intentions are not to entertain.”

The supernatural has been hot in comics for quite a while now and comics have never lacked a western element (ok there weren’t that many in the 90’s but I digress), those two things being said I went into this preview with some trepidation. While there are many books out there that seem a little too familiar but this one might be different. An occult team book set in the wild west? I’ll take a look…

I was intrigued. I read the 20 page preview, (yes twenty pages!) it’s available on the Kickstarter page for all to download.  The description “Deadwood meets The X-Files” is very appropriate, the story is rich in setting and character. The dialogue fits the era nicely. Fact is you kind of settle into this western story, almost forgetting the promise of the supernatural. Then you feel the story starting to turn. And the reveal is worth the wait!

I can tell you plain and simple, this book is tight! The art looks great, I hadn’t seen Salazar or Jose Pescador’s work before but I like it a lot. The palette chosen for the book has an old-time photograph feel but that doesn’t take away the depth or detail of the art in fact I think it enhances it. Here have a look for yourself;

pariahcompleteFINAL copy

pariahcompleteFINAL copy

The preview introduces the main characters (some of them anyway) and sets the stage for the first major conflict. I backed this project, I want to see how this story ends, and then where it goes next. Read the preview, you’ll back it too.

Here’s the Kickstarter link; Pariah, Missouri : The Graphic Novel and here’s Andres personal page.

I know I’ve posted a bunch of Kickstarter stuff here at What’cha Reading and that’s because I really believe in it. It’s a great way to support independent creators and find amazing comics. Check it out. Most campaigns have very reasonable pledge amounts with rewards that are worth the money. Here’s my profile What’cha Reading, you can see all the projects I’ve backed, which have succeeded and which haven’t. Feel free to drop me a line and ask about any of them, I have very few complaints.

About Author

Chuck Suffel is the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Whatchareading.com. He loves comics, movies, tv shows. When it comes to comics his first loves are independents and small publishers. Feel free to drop him a note anytime at chuck@whatchareading.com

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