Django/Zorro #4 Review

Has Django worked out who his boss really is? Or will Don Diego and Zorro remain separate entities in his mind? Read on to find out. The official description from Dynamite:

Diego de la Vega and his bodyguard, Django Freeman, get a firsthand look at the brutal tyranny wielded by the Archduke of Arizona in his drive to construct a railroad line across the length of his realm. Django is still trying to reconcile his first sighting of the masked and mysterious avenger known as El Zorro. Could this strange, black-clad apparition really be the proper and elderly gentleman who has hired him as a bodyguard? Quentin Tarantino and script-writer Matt Wagner continue the excitement along with artist Esteve Pols in this one-of-kind mini-series, the official sequel to the movie, DJANGO UNCHAINED.

DjangoZorro04CovBFrancavillThe western genre is one that has been filled with more ups and downs than possibly any other, with some concepts amazing, and others falling down the pan. The worlds of both Django Unchained and Zorro luckily fall into the former, with the gritty reality in both resulting in some entertaining tales. So far that has followed into this crossover series, with the chemistry between the two characters, and the noticeable similarities and differences allowing for a gripping atmosphere.

The plot that Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner have fleshed out has had a lot to do with this, as though it’s not without it’s problems, it has certainly been thrilling. This continues into the latest issue, as though the issue does lag in certain parts, the quick wit, and tension allows for fabulous excitement. Don Diego once again donning the Zorro mantle also put a smile on this fanboy’s face, with the shock and realisation on Django’s face adding yet more depth. In addition to this, the narration itself continues to impress, with Django’s thoughts being the perfect transition point between sequences.

I have to admit, I’ve been astound by Esteve Polls art over the course of this series, with his gritty style matching the western genre, as well as the tempo of this tale perfectly. Unfortunately that is only half the story this time round, with his rough style proving a little too unrefined for my taste. Nevertheless, this doesn’t take away from the intense atmosphere, with Polls’ layouts allowing for an enticing flow to this tale. He also continues to capture the drama and excitement within the action, with the flair within Zorro being mesmerizing. Additionally, Brennan Wagner‘s colours also add an extra layer, as though the saturation of reds during the opening sequence is rather off putting, the dark tones in the latter half of the issue certainly appeals.

Django/Zorro #4 does a wonderful job of moving the story along, as though the mundane developments near the start are a little dull, the tense action near the end, as well as yet another appearance from Zorro, certainly excites.

  • + Zorro at his best!
  • + Wonderful narration throughout.
  • - The art is a little too rough this time around.
  • - A little lagging at times.

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