When one thinks of the Old West, images of cowboys, saloons, and dusty plains may come to mind. But in Scott Snyder and Dan Panosian‘s new comic book series, Canary, readers are taken on a journey filled with Western lore and modern horror.
Canary takes place in Colorado during the final days of the Gold Rush, where one mining company has pulled up a radioactive substance, Uranium. Legends began to spread about the mine, with some claiming it was cursed or even haunted. Years later, a new kind of violence emerged in the area, with random killings and people going mad without any apparent reason. This prompts the famous federal marshal Azrael William Holt to investigate.
On the surface, Canary appears to be a murder mystery set against the backdrop of the Old West. But what makes this comic unique is its supernatural twist. As Holt and his team investigate the killings, they stumble upon something that’s far stranger and more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.
One of the best things about Canary is its blending of genres. Despite the inclusion of horror elements, the story feels grounded in the Old West. The characters and setting are authentic, providing readers with an immersive experience. The artwork by Dan Panosian (Black Tape, Alice Ever After) is stunning, with gritty and detailed illustrations that capture the essence of the Old West.
The plot of the first issue is engaging and sets the stage for what is sure to be an entertaining series. Scott Snyder’s (Wytches, Night of the Ghoul) writing is excellent, with well-crafted dialogue and a deft hand for pacing. While some readers may be put off by the horror elements, they’re integrated into the story in a way that feels organic and never detracts from the Western feel of the comic.
Canary #1 is an excellent debut that is well worth checking out. It seamlessly blends the Western genre with horror, creating a unique and thrilling reading experience. The characters are well-developed and the artwork is stunning, making for an immersive and engaging story.
Canary #1 hits local comic shops on November 1, 2023 from Dark Horse Comics.
This review is a Feature Review during the Capes and Tights Horror Week 2023.