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East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise
East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very mysterious, story of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse set in the far future. For reasons not yet explained, the Horsemen are resurrected in the current time except for one of them, Death, and the rest good in a quest to kill him. There’s no expansion on why they had to kill him. It’s clear however, that the Horsemen have the ultimate goal of bringing about the end of the world, with the help of the Chosen, a group of world leaders explicitly handpicked and placed into power by the Horsemen to help this along. These Chosen are keepers of something called The Message, which is also not explained.

It turns out that Death fell in love with a human and bore a child, and this is the reason he stayed alive and didn’t follow the rest of the Horsemen in getting resurrected.

The first volume sets the stage of the drama, and leaves off with Death now plotting to save his son, long thought dead, from the clutches of the Chosen.

There’s a very interesting character in Andrew Archibald Chamberlain, a world weary former dictator, and never of the Chosen,who instead of blindly following the mandates of the cabal sends to be playing a different game. He seems resigned to the fact that the world is about to end, and helps Death in his quest to sow more confusion among the Horsemen in what seems like a ploy to delay the inevitable.


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