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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Comic Review: To Hell You Ride #2 (5)

To Hell You Ride #2 
Writer: Lance Henriksen, Joseph Maddrey 
Artist: Tom Mandrake
Colorist: Cris Peter
Cover Artist:Tom Mandrake
Genre: Horror
Publication Date: January 09, 2013
Format: FC, 32 pages
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 21220 4 00211
The townsfolk’s chemical efforts to bring snow lead to a horrifying nightmare as mad science mixes with mother nature to release a curse buried for a hundred years in rock—the results will melt flesh from bones in the small Colorado town.

* Written by horror movie icon Lance Henriksen (Millennium,Aliens, Near Dark)!

"The Alchemy of Snow" begins with a glimpse at the tumultuous childhood of Two-Dogs, specifically the suicide of his father, then picks up where the first issue left off: with Two-Dogs in a jail cell.

After his drunken escapade from the night before, Two-Dogs is released by the town sheriff (incidentally the same man who cared for him as a boy after his father's suicide) to find the town being prepared for the ski season. But the town carries a five-year curse of no snow, which is pretty catastrophic for a resort town. So, the inimical mayor orchestrates a chemical experiment to bring snow, but what comes with the snow is something no one could have known--except maybe Two-Dogs.

The first issue of this series pulled me in, but this second issue hooked me. The stakes are coming into view and it's a little clearer what path Two-Dogs is being led on and it seems pretty clear he's going to have to make some tough choices, as far as the town and his own life are concerned. Mayor Cubby Boyer is a bit of a well-worn character, as the avarice politician, but the scene where Two-Dogs confronts him in his own special way after getting out of jail was too hilariously enjoyable.

With an even stronger blend of crime, fantasy, and horror, To Hell You Ride is quickly shaping up as a stand-out for 2013 in the eyes of his genre mutt. Hopefully, Henriksen, Maddrey, and Mandrake can keep the momentum going with this series. 

Also check out Gef's review of To Hell You Ride #1

4 1/2 stars

Guest reviewer: Gef Fox
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