Eden’s Trail #3

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Mar 2003 | Marvel

Created By: Steve Uy
Art: Steve Uy
Writing: Chuck Austin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos

While crossing the ravine to get to Selpher’s Cave, Tila and Latch run into the bandit that stole her necklace and fled. The encounter sends al three plummeting into the ravine. After a brief encounter with a giant monster, the two treasure hunters find themselves captives of the young Lady Yune and her robot servant.

This not getting better. This is getting worse. This has everything I hate about anime. The angry, bitchy female that gets rescued by the arrogantly tough male she hates but her feelings change after nearly dying. There’s the arbitrary idiot complete with the stupid awkward grin every time he makes a mistake. Finally, the most hated selfish, whiney lolita brat that always has to have things her way or she throws a hissy fit.

Tila. Tila. Tila. Have you forgotten that this is the guy that ruined your life and if it wasn’t for him you wouldn’t be searching for some treasure nearly getting killed?

And Latch. Seriously. So you blew up her bar. It’s not your fault she happened to have a bandit problem and not your fault that they had to go and be stupid and start something. I’d have been angry and I’d have done the same thing. You should have left her on her own. The girl has issues and you had to go and let her out of that safe. Ugh.

How did this go from an interesting, serious first issue to generic anime crap? More importantly, why? I’m so tired of this fluff and extremely disappointed.

The events don’t even flow well together. It feels like a rush job. Some short scenes could have been longer, while some long ones shortened, and others could have been cut entirely and filled with more interesting content. In fact, this entire series needs a serious makeover.

Eden’s Trail #2

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Feb 2003 | Marvel

Story: Steve Uy
Art: Steve Uy
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos

Tila’s angry at the stranger for thoughtlessly destroying her bar and holds him captive in an old jail cell in her basement. After an attempted escape, he agrees to help her with a treasure hunt.

I didn’t care much for this issue. I get Tila’s mad and why, I just hate this type of you-destroyed-my-life-and-everything-i’ve-worked-to-achieve-blah-blah-waah-waah drama. And Latch is an immortal. How dramatically convenient. It totally minimizes the drama of the last issue and is so stupid. Ugh.

I hope it gets better.

Eden’s Trail #1

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Jan 2003 | Marvel

Writing: Chuck Austin
Art: Steve Uy
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos

A gang of bandits decide to line their pockets by hitting Tila’s bar. Only things don’t go so well for them when a reluctant stranger ends up getting involved and the fight costs Tila her bar and several lives.

I started digging through one of my boxes for something older to read and stumbled across these books. I couldn’t remember whether I liked it, so I pulled the first issue adding it to my stack of things to read this morning.

The story wasn’t too bad. It’s a western taking place in it’s own unique world.  Like most westerns, it isn’t a western without gunfights and a bar getting shot up and the bar scenario pretty much takes up the entire issue. Two bodies were left on the ground, one of them significant, and I don’t remember enough to know what happens.

The art has a pleasant anime style, which isn’t something I go for anymore, but used to be huge on. That’s probably the reason I initially subscribed to this book way back.

Another element of this book I like is the lack of that typical old west twang. The people talk more-or-less normal, so my brain doesn’t have to work so hard to create the accents.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this over the next week. It’s a short series and comforting to know that I haven’t wasted all my money on crap over the years.

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