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Law of the desert born : a graphic novel (edition 2013)

by Charles Santino, Louis L'Amour, Beau L'Amour, Katherine Nolan, Thomas Yeates (Illustrator.)

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New Mexico, 1887, a land in the midst of the worst drought anyone can remember. Family histories and loyalties run deep, but when rancher Tom Forrester has his access to the Pecos River cut off by the son of his old partner, he convinces his foreman, Shad Marone, to pay Jud Bowman back for the discourtesy. Yet what starts as a simple act of petty revenge quickly spirals into a cycle of violence that no one can control. Now Marone is on the run, pursued by a sheriff's posse across a rugged desert landscape. Leading the chase is Jesus Lopez, a half-Mexican, half-Apache with a personal stake in bringing Shad to justice. Newly released from jail, trusted by no one, Lopez swears he's the only man who can track Marone down. That may be true. But who will live and who will die and what price will be paid in suffering are open questions. Fate and the Jornada del Muerto desert possess a harsh justice that is all their own.… (more)
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Title:Law of the desert born : a graphic novel
Authors:Charles Santino
Other authors:Louis L'Amour, Beau L'Amour, Katherine Nolan, Thomas Yeates (Illustrator.)
Info:New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
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This is a hard book to review, especially by someone who is a neophyte when it comes to graphic novels.

I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of L'Amour. I would just caution them to approach this novel with a completely open mind and recognize that it is a visual interpretation of the author's story and as such, should be judged completely on it's own merits and not compared at all to the written work. ( )
  jcmontgomery | Jan 20, 2014 |
Set in New Mexico in the year 1887, this adaptation of an early Louis L'Amour western opens with a cold-blooded murder. As the culprit is chased down by a posse, the story behind the murder unfolds. Unlike most westerns, this is no simple tale of good versus evil. Rather, it's a tale of drought and rustling, of betrayal and revenge, of loyalty and friendships gone wrong, and of justice and, finally, redemption. There are no good guys or bad guys here. They all have motives which, at least, to them, seem honourable. Despite or maybe because of the fact that this is a graphic novel, this story is at once nuanced and satisfying.

Written by Louis L'Amour and adapted by his son, Beau L'Amour and Kathy Nolan first for the screen and then for audio and by Charles Santino for this graphic novel, this is a beautifully written and nuanced tale of the wild west and the stunning black-and-white art work by Thomas Yates meshes perfectly with the story and brings the action and the characters to life.

At the end of the novel, Beau L'Amour talks about the progressions of this book from novel to graphic novel as well as some background on his father. Before the war, Louis wrote mysteries and thrillers, often in the noir style. This background in noir shows through in this tale in its nuances and moral ambiguity and this makes for a very unusual but very satisfying tale of the old west. ( )
  lostinalibrary | Oct 15, 2013 |
I love myself a good western but never seem to read them much anymore. I absolutely loved this atypical form of the classic western. Based on a short story set in the 1880's, the good guy and the bad guy are hard to differentiate. The story starts off with a crime and the Sheriff and his posse going after the men, but quite soon all is not as it seems as the tale is told backwards and justice turns to vengeance. The ending is certainly a wild west ideal of redemption and it leaves the reader to mull over, or debate with others, just who was betrayed the most and who actually was in the wrong. Incredible black and white art with intricately detailed background and emotional close-ups of facial features especially shown in the eyes. A masterpiece both in story and art that complements the mood. Impressive! ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 8, 2013 |
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