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    Default Finished East of West

    7/10

    It had some high moments. Some parts were great. Loved the art throughout. But the story just had so many moving parts, it was easy to get a bit lost or more so to want there to be more focus on one area instead of it being spread so much. Initially I thought Death was the protagonist, and he probably is, but with so many characters amd their own motivations, he does get lost as a protagonist. Because everyone is in some way the protagonist of their own piece of the story.

    Not a bad read by any stretch. I highly recommend it. Itís a masterclass in a chess like movement of players in a story. But itís not in my top 10.

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    Agreed.

    A strength and also a flaw of Hickmans work is that he focusses on several elements/characters of the story. Sometimes he blurs who it is we are supposed to be following. Sometimes he needs to bring it in just a little so we follow the main characters.

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    East of West felt it was written to be a big budget HBO type drama. It has a complex, diverse cast the thing could be a goldmine and a joy to watch if cast correctly.

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    It's really good, but I wish we got a little more in the last 3 - 4 issues.

    I feel like we were flying through plot so much that it didn't leave much for characterization.

    I love Hickman, but I notice a pattern with him: he meticulously sets up the house of cards for years and then within a moment he knocks it down; I wish we spent just a issue or two on looking at the political landscape and what was happening in the larger world as well as the other characters that we hadn't heard from in a while.

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    I thought the ending was incredibly weak and trite and it kinda soured me on the whole series. All that political buildup only for Hickman to go with the most vanilla “love and family are what matters!” felt pretty disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    I thought the ending was incredibly weak and trite and it kinda soured me on the whole series. All that political buildup only for Hickman to go with the most vanilla “love and family are what matters!” felt pretty disappointing.
    I didn't mind the family ties stuff, since that was the main motivation for Death.

    But I do wish we had more of the political drama and more of the aftermath.

    I also wanted to see more lore stuff with the horsemen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    I thought the ending was incredibly weak and trite and it kinda soured me on the whole series. All that political buildup only for Hickman to go with the most vanilla “love and family are what matters!” felt pretty disappointing.
    I guess I'm just sentimental but that's what sold the story by the end for me .

    I mean, there was a lot of sacrifice and hardship that went into achieving the victory in the story, so it felt earned to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frontier View Post
    I guess I'm just sentimental but that's what sold the story by the end for me .

    I mean, there was a lot of sacrifice and hardship that went into achieving the victory in the story, so it felt earned to me.
    The scene where they all finally reunited *cries in apocalyptic tears*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    I thought the ending was incredibly weak and trite and it kinda soured me on the whole series. All that political buildup only for Hickman to go with the most vanilla “love and family are what matters!” felt pretty disappointing.
    It's not like he set it up as the entire point of the book from the start or anything...
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