U.S. MARSHALL BASS REEVES season 1, episode 2

The creative team of writer Kevin Grevioux, artist David Williams, and letterer Eric Weathers return, alongside new colorist Gabriel Eltaeb, to bring us this second issue in this new series about the greatest Western lawman that most of you have never heard of. Taking place a few years after Bass accepted the job of U.S. Marshall, as was shown in the first issue, we see that his reputation is already reaching legendary status as he’s shown apprehending criminals in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and in a Native American village, where he goes undercover to catch some White bootleggers.

There are two parallel plots in this issue involving Reeves’ personal and professional lives, and both based on reported events from Reeves’ real life. In his job, he’s attempting to find a Native American outlaw known as Yah Kee, and at home, his young son Benjy is acting out because of his father’s frequent absences and gets caught attempting to steal with some of his friends. I don’t know if the latter is based on any factual information or is creative license, but I know that as an adult Ben Reeves would one day be charged with the murder of his wife and Bass famously accepted the warrant and hunted down and arrested his own son, so this is some good foreshadowing. Bass is characterized as an honorable man who is nevertheless conflicted about the demands of his job.

Once again Grevioux presents a good balance between action and dramatic moments, showing us exciting scenes of Bass getting into shootouts with criminals along with more personal scenes of Bass arguing with his wife and discussing his problems with a local minister. And it’s beautifully illustrated, making this an exciting new series that I can’t wait to see what happens next. Bass Reeves’ legacy is in good hands.

Chacebook rating: FIVE STARS

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