Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quickshots- Tim Truman’s Hawken

Hawken is a brisk, violent comic with a great premise- the main character is a grizzled, aging gunslinger who is haunted, and sometimes helped, by the ghosts of his many victims.  With art by legendary Tim Truman and co-written with his son, Hawken brings you back to the kind of comics produced by First Comics and Eclipse in the 1980’s, where bullets were in constant motion and every writer was an angry survivalist libertarian who was on the lookout for the feds and communists alike.  Hawken is the type of short, sharp, great black and white comic that you can’t wait to lay down $1.99 for whenever you want some grizzly western action.  Just one problem- Hawken has the unfortunate price tag of $3.99.  IDW has a lot of gall putting up a black and white comic in the $4 range.  This is not a comment on the quality of the comic- it is certainly there.  I just don’t want to pay for an overproduced book that would look just as good on newsprint.  I fear that comics are continuing to price themselves out of existence. 

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