The Darkness and the Ghost
Both stories in this issue of All Star Western delivered suspense, drama, action and violence, the likes of which we have come to expect out of this series. We see both character development and devolution as each deals with increased hardship. I believe this book will leave you both satisfied with regards to plot progression and a desire to pick up its next installment. I know I am eager to find out what's next!
The Darkness - A great continuation on this multi-issue arc. As expected Jonah is written perfectly, both to deal with the turmoil set before him and his "partner" on this adventure. It is here we really start to see the good doctor's character devolve under extreme pressure. The dialog, interaction and cercumstance fit perfectly with how I believe this would truly play out (given certain suspensions of disbelief here and there). The ONLY issue I had with this story was how much disbelief I had to suspend watching Arkham's glasses stay put - they clearly are more resilient than their wearer.
The Ghost - We learn a great deal more about the Tsen family's tragedy in this, part two of the story. The torment of the protagonist is only matched with the horrific happenstance she is meant to endure. Thus, all the violence and anger doled out by Yan Mei in the first part are certainly justified as we see more of the back-story unfold. Surprisingly, this story will last at least another issue, as Yan Mei continues to hunt down the evil that has forsaken her family. This kind of story is truly haunting. It illustrates all the horrible conditions and situations people had to deal with on a daily basis as new arrivals to a land they thought would bring them peace - never suspecting it instead would leave them in pieces.