cover image To Hell You Ride

To Hell You Ride

Lance Henriksen, Joseph Maddrey, and Tom Mandrake. Dark Horse, $24.99 (152p) ISBN 978-1-61655-162-9

Actor (Alien, Millennium) and author Henrikson and cowriter Maddrey bring together Native American lore and a fusion of the western and horror genres to give readers a graphic novel with a rather unique signature. At the center of the narrative is the self-destructive Seven George (aka “Two-Dogs”), a troubled soul who appears beyond saving. As fate would have it, however, he has a role to play in remedying the terrible curse that plagues the sleepy Colorado mountain town where he resides. Two-Dogs discovers that the tales of his ancestors—whose spirits have heretofore remained silent to him—are very real, and he is at the center of their unfolding narrative. Mandrake’s stunning artwork is just as effective in depicting the beauty of the supernatural as it is in capturing its horror. Although the work is exemplary in its own right, one wonders if the story’s substantial narration would make for an even better semigraphic narrative, illustrated novel, or feature film. (Dec.)