First off, here's a link to a preview of Dynamite Entertainment's Man With No Name comic. If you don't know what that is, it's a comic based on Clint Eastwood's famous cigar chomping, poncho wearing, SOB from Sergio Leone's groundbreaking Spaghetti Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and arguably my all time favorite flick The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
That said, preview linked, I want to comment on how disappointed I am, right now, with what I see from this comic. I say "right now" because I will give it the benefit of the doubt, for the sake of the subject matter, and pick it up and give it a proper reading. Right now though, disappointment abounds. To me, I just don't see anything that remotely feels like a Sergio Leone movie, nothing that could carry an Ennio Morricone score. There is no mood set, no sense of despair, no grit. It feels thrown together for the sake of saying they did a comic based on the these movies, without regard for the actual subject matter. The artist, while good, is not the right guy for this job. Didn't anyone think, "Let's get someone who's visual skill set would be complimentary to and understands the compositions and framing used in Leone's movies...?" Didn't anyone think, "Maybe we should color this book to give off the feel and atmosphere achieved by the astounding cinematography in Leone's movies?" Didn't anyone think, "Let's make sure we make each cover feel like it's own Spaghetti Western movie poster...?" How about simply... "let's make this BAD ASS?!"
This should've felt edgy, dirty, cinematic. The layouts should've reflected a sense of mystery and experimentation. Sergio Leone set out to throw away convention, and make something wholly his own. His westerns are more than westerns, they're mythological stories. Each character, no matter how minor, felt unique. Each of them someone to fear! This comic doesn't have any of that. Right now, this book inspires thoughts of a direct to DVD sequel. Just not what I would've hoped for from a movie series of this caliber.
Still though, it's only 4 pages and a couple of covers, and while disappointed, I am not foolish enough to just dismiss it. I will give this a further inspection in store when May rolls around, so I hope these guys prove me wrong. I totally welcome it, and would be ecstatic if they do. They'll have my 4 bucks to try.