Vile #1 Review
Writing/creation Richard Paul Davis
Lines Francis Nuguit
Flats Pages 1 – 8 Carl Bolton
Colors Eleonora Dalla Rosa
Colors/Letters Pages 9 – 16 Sara Macajewski
Cover/Additional Line Art Antonio Brandao
Co-Creator/Additional Letters Dyan Johnson
For me western are that genre that can become troublesome. I enjoy western as a genre but much like the movies they can become mundane and predictable. The trick to a good western is getting around the mundane and becoming something unpredictable. Vile isn’t either mundane or unpredictable, in fact, it’s an intriguing tale that explores what I would consider a more true take on western life. From the beginning this story doesn’t hold back and gets really gritty as it introduces the main character Hard Pants. As I said, gritty is a perfect way to put it, the west wasn’t a particularly nice place and Davis captures the feel and the grit exceptionally well. The character development itself is exceptional, Hard Pants’ story is compelling and interesting, but there is also the contrast of Hard Pants in the Vile Clem Styles and the three on his trail. The story is not just intriguing it’s intricate and involved. There is a protagonist and an antagonist that are both satisfying as not just characters but they each have a valuable storyline that makes Vile a page turner.
The art in Vile is very descriptive as far as the landscape, it’s exactly what I think of when I think about the wild west; lots of trees, valleys, and streams. The characters are also very typical for what I consider the western style, the native american’s like Hard Pants and all of the tribal members are true to typical styles, while the white men are all in the typical button up shirts with quick draw gun belts and heavy duty boots. The art and color bring to life the west but I feel that the truth in character design is what really brings the book together.