|From The Man with No Name #1 by Christos Gage and Wellington Diaz.|
|Cover to MwNN #8 (2008) |
by Richard Isanove.
|From MwNN #5 by |
Christos Gage and Wellington Diaz.
The entire run consists of two storylines, both by different creative teams. Issues 1-6, entitled "Saints and Sinners," is a direct sequel to the original film that follows "Blondie" (the name by which the original Eastwood charter was referred to in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)) as he deals with the repercussions of his actions in the classic Spaghetti Western. Written by Christos Gage with art from Wellington Diaz, these dangling plot threads are tied up in comic book and woven into another redemptive opportunity for the character.
The second arc introduces to an earlier adventure of Blondie and Tuco Ramirez, "The Ugly" of the film's title, brought to life so memorably by the late Eli Wallach. "Holiday in the Sun," this five-issue arc was written by Luke Lieberman and Matt Wolpert, with art by Diego Bernard.
Both arcs attempt to duplicate some of Leone's film-making style by employing a slightly more minimalist approach to dialogue as exposition. Blondie does, however, "speak" more in a single issue than in any single Leone film, a concession that must be made for a medium that, while highly visual in nature, does require a degree of expediency. Both Bernard and Diaz offer depictions of the characters in a way that is consistent with the films, though much of the reader's ability to discern Blondie from other similar characters is dependent on his iconic poncho and not-so-iconic mullet-style hair. As a fan of Wallach's Tucco, it is good to see the character brought back to life. Tucco (along with Van Cleef's Angel Eyes) did not appear in any other of Leon's Eastwood movies, so the back and post stories provide the reader and fan a chance to revisit the character. (Angel Eyes does not make an appearance in either, though *SPOILER* the character's death at the end of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly would have made that difficult.
Dynamite's The Man with No Name was followed up immediately after issue 11 the following year with another eight issue miniseries featuring the Man With No Name character. Both series, The Man with No Name (2008) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (2009) are available in trade paperback at fine local comic shops everywhere. If you're a fan of single issues (as I am), I'd bet if you were diligent you could collect a complete run of both series for yourself.
|The final panels from MwNN #11 (2008) by Luke Lieberman and Matt Wolpert,|
with art by Diego Bernard.