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It's the third volume of the Eisner-nominated East Of West. There Is No Us sees the breaking apart of the future-scape of America as the world races forward towards the apocalypse. Collecting: East Of West 11-15


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It's the third volume of the Eisner-nominated East Of West. There Is No Us sees the breaking apart of the future-scape of America as the world races forward towards the apocalypse. Collecting: East Of West 11-15

30 review for East of West, Vol. 3: There Is No Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This title is growing on me. There Is No Us starts off strong and ends strong. You really can't ask for much more than that when reading a sci-fi western apocalypse comic. The more I get to know all the players, the more interested I become in this world. What the hell even happened here? How did that kid end up hooked up to a machine, why is Mao so mad at Death. How did they meet and fall in love to start with? And the villains are delicious. That wrinkly old hag is seriously creepy. I don't want This title is growing on me. There Is No Us starts off strong and ends strong. You really can't ask for much more than that when reading a sci-fi western apocalypse comic. The more I get to know all the players, the more interested I become in this world. What the hell even happened here? How did that kid end up hooked up to a machine, why is Mao so mad at Death. How did they meet and fall in love to start with? And the villains are delicious. That wrinkly old hag is seriously creepy. I don't want to give anything away but things seem to really start to come together in this volume. Recommended for fans of cowboy dystopias.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell

    Re-read: February 9, 2016 After giving this one a re-read, right after re-reading volumes 1 & 2, I'm going to raise this up to a 4 star because it really is so great. The complexity, as with the first 2 volumes, can be a bit confusing at times, but after reading it again, it's all just so well crafted and excellent that I have to give it a higher rating. Now I can't wait to read vol. 4 because that is one I haven't gotten around to yet! ---- 3.5 stars This one was a bit more confusing and felt like Re-read: February 9, 2016 After giving this one a re-read, right after re-reading volumes 1 & 2, I'm going to raise this up to a 4 star because it really is so great. The complexity, as with the first 2 volumes, can be a bit confusing at times, but after reading it again, it's all just so well crafted and excellent that I have to give it a higher rating. Now I can't wait to read vol. 4 because that is one I haven't gotten around to yet! ---- 3.5 stars This one was a bit more confusing and felt like filler for the next volume. It was still really good, but I need to re-read vol. 2 and this one before reading vol. 4 in order to get a grasp of everything that's happening. What I love about this series is how many story lines there are. But that also means it can be hard to follow everything. It's worth the effort though. And I'm excited to see what happens next!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Hmmm . . . I dunno . . . still pretty good, but so strange. I have read a couple of graphic novels recently where the story just flowed and grabbed me. This one still feels a bit like work. I will say that I am not completely lost. But it is a case where I start to feel like I know what is going on and then the story goes on some seriously odd, hallucinogenic-fueled side trip and I am totally lost again. It’s a mental tennis match with my mind going back and forth: “AH-HA!” – “WHAT?” – “AH-HA!” – Hmmm . . . I dunno . . . still pretty good, but so strange. I have read a couple of graphic novels recently where the story just flowed and grabbed me. This one still feels a bit like work. I will say that I am not completely lost. But it is a case where I start to feel like I know what is going on and then the story goes on some seriously odd, hallucinogenic-fueled side trip and I am totally lost again. It’s a mental tennis match with my mind going back and forth: “AH-HA!” – “WHAT?” – “AH-HA!” – “WHAT? The art continues to be really impressive. At least I know if I am totally confused in the story I can take a few minutes to stop and enjoy the scenery. Am I still enjoying the series? Yes! Has my understanding of things digressed? Absolutely! Will I continue to the next issue? You betcha! Will I start to understand the story more? Not a chance!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    3.5 stars. I never really understand fully what is going on in every scene but I guess the art style makes up for my confusion. But Death and his plot line seems to be my favourite so far.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review: Hickman, what are you on? Meth? Acid? Shrooms? Can you get me some? This series is basically what Hickman saw after reading the book of Revelation while high as an effing kite. When will I ever learn that I'll never understand Hickman???

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Kinda slow to get back into....very political. But after pushing through I recall how good this is. Should probably not wait too long to finish this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Talty

    Overall this story has been very good. What I struggle with--and I suppose it translates well to most comic books with the exception of The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes series--is the fact that comic books don't exactly provide a template within which you can connect with the characters. In the Sandman, I desperately fell in love with Delirium and Dream, but I was already in love with Gaiman's writing before engaging those characters. East of West #1 is a fantastic story. It personifi Overall this story has been very good. What I struggle with--and I suppose it translates well to most comic books with the exception of The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes series--is the fact that comic books don't exactly provide a template within which you can connect with the characters. In the Sandman, I desperately fell in love with Delirium and Dream, but I was already in love with Gaiman's writing before engaging those characters. East of West #1 is a fantastic story. It personifies Death, which I love. Personification of any emotion or life-event is always an automatic like in my book. But I just don't connect with any character. I must remember: Comic books are about telling stories. They aren't really about worldbuilding, they aren't about character development, they're about plot and story development. East of West achieves this goal superbly. It's well written, it is intricate, it has depth and emotion and character. It's a fantastic comic, and for those of you who enjoy mature content comic books, I highly suggest taking a peak at this story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Holy s***! This volume! Also: spoilers for volume 1. What’s it about? Do I really need to try explaining that? I’m not gonna bother with all that. Why it gets 5 stars: The story is still fantastic and it keeps getting better with more in depth world building and a progressing story! The art is sofa king great! This series has so many incredible panels! The characters continue to be interesting. I love what they do with Death’s son and the balloon! The action scenes are are amazing in this volume! I ha Holy s***! This volume! Also: spoilers for volume 1. What’s it about? Do I really need to try explaining that? I’m not gonna bother with all that. Why it gets 5 stars: The story is still fantastic and it keeps getting better with more in depth world building and a progressing story! The art is sofa king great! This series has so many incredible panels! The characters continue to be interesting. I love what they do with Death’s son and the balloon! The action scenes are are amazing in this volume! I have never seen a comic that is both as action packed and full of in depth story telling! I can’t express how fantastic the action is. There’s lots of it too and this volume has some of the best action in the series! The suspense is still there. Great dialogue continues to be great. It was unexpected but there’s some pretty awesome horror stuff in this volume, I was impressed! Overall: This series is awesome, this volume is possibly the best one! The action scenes and story are fricking incredible! Read this series! 5/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Wtf? I think it's been too long since I read vols 1-2. Like over a year... Art is fun, colour is good. Imaginative, but boring. I read vol 4 after this so I can't recall what went where... I think this is where there's a meeting of all the factions and hell breaks out. Literally, it all just seems to lead to that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    'kris Pung

    Finally Hickman throws a few answers to all those lingering questions at us and all out hell breaks out between the different nations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Man this series is so good! One of my faves.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Drown Hollum

    I wish I was reading this series monthly, cause it's a tough one to pick up after six months absence and try to remember everything that's going on. Hickman's world is huge, with a deep and rich history that might occasionally leave you scratching your head if you're not paying close attention. That said, the events in volume three are fantastic, with a sprawling story that explores new viewpoints. We get some great resolution and some exciting new groundwork as "The Beast's" arc completes, sett I wish I was reading this series monthly, cause it's a tough one to pick up after six months absence and try to remember everything that's going on. Hickman's world is huge, with a deep and rich history that might occasionally leave you scratching your head if you're not paying close attention. That said, the events in volume three are fantastic, with a sprawling story that explores new viewpoints. We get some great resolution and some exciting new groundwork as "The Beast's" arc completes, setting us up for a new one. The politic of the universe blows up as the Endless Nation marches in with fantastic machines, and Mao declares a new war. Death, Crow and Wolf take the sidelines though, arguably giving the action a janky stop while we meander around to explore other things. In that way, volume three feels a bit like side-questing. Good side-questing though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    East of West volume 3 is a huge improvement from its previous two volumes. The build-up, particularly on the war between the nations of the Chosen has been carefully executed. The looming war is a breath of fresh air from the apocrypha plot and I am looking forward to where this would end. Even scenes with the three lame horsemen are hauntingly weird but beautiful. Death's screentimes do not stand out in this volume but takes on an exciting route as he is on a path that might cross with the other East of West volume 3 is a huge improvement from its previous two volumes. The build-up, particularly on the war between the nations of the Chosen has been carefully executed. The looming war is a breath of fresh air from the apocrypha plot and I am looking forward to where this would end. Even scenes with the three lame horsemen are hauntingly weird but beautiful. Death's screentimes do not stand out in this volume but takes on an exciting route as he is on a path that might cross with the other three. But who really stood out here is Babylon. I love how Hickman establishes and shows the strength of this character while still letting the reader feel how frail he is. East of West might have experienced a problem with its first two volumes, but this one clearly stood up and made us show that the story is still worth reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donovan

    I had trouble following/enjoying this one as well as the previous two volumes. It got very political or abstract weird and felt like the plot wasn't moving.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crini

    Babylon + Balloon are my favorite thing now. Can't wait to see more of them

  16. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was about to be the weakest volume for me, and not in a bad way since it's a lot of world building....but then that last issue hit. So this volume is a big volume of how the world leaders are dealing with everything. It's filled of a lot of politics, and while interesting, is the slower half of these stories. Then we see what Death is dealing with after someone fucked up his one lead. On top of that we're also dealing with the 3 other horsemen and their mission. The stuff with death is grea This was about to be the weakest volume for me, and not in a bad way since it's a lot of world building....but then that last issue hit. So this volume is a big volume of how the world leaders are dealing with everything. It's filled of a lot of politics, and while interesting, is the slower half of these stories. Then we see what Death is dealing with after someone fucked up his one lead. On top of that we're also dealing with the 3 other horsemen and their mission. The stuff with death is great. Watching him go head to head with someone is badass and fun. The stuff with Death's son is AMAZING. Both thrilling and scary, the "beast" as they call him is perfect. On top of that we get plenty of nice twist and turns and a big meeting filled with plenty of death. The world building is a lot though and the pace comes to a complete halt on that part. overall, another great volume. It's easy to see why East of West is held in such high regards now. A 4 out of 5.

  17. 4 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    One of the better volumes so far. Although the second volume felt a little more like filler, volume three picks up and takes off immediately. It does take a second to get to the cliff hanger from vol two, but when it does, it's pretty badass. In the meantime you get to see what the nations are willing to do to keep the upper hand and that not all nations have control of its own people. Another sweet cliff hanger at the end, I'm excited to get to volume four. Also, has anyone actually read the bac One of the better volumes so far. Although the second volume felt a little more like filler, volume three picks up and takes off immediately. It does take a second to get to the cliff hanger from vol two, but when it does, it's pretty badass. In the meantime you get to see what the nations are willing to do to keep the upper hand and that not all nations have control of its own people. Another sweet cliff hanger at the end, I'm excited to get to volume four. Also, has anyone actually read the back with the authors info? Freakin weird.

  18. 5 out of 5

    RG

    At this stage I haven't been obsessed with any Hickman story. However this has slowly grabbed my attention. Yes it still has the weird writing of Hickman and at times its so weird you can get a little lost. However the Death story has kept me in it. The last few issues with his son has also developed a plotline which has intrigued me. Really cool art. Ive enjoyed that element since the first couple of Volumes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    C. Varn

    Dragotta art continues to be amazingly conceptual: think Métal Hurlant meets space western. Hickman's many plot lines start to collapse and while this feels mostly like exposition: one is probably introduced to the various factions that may emerge in the universe Hickman has created. Promising and ever-expanding in intrigue and world-building, but it can be dizzying.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    In a huge gosh darned coincidence of dramatic timing, a sniper on an unrelated mission blows the head off of a key character just as he's about to reveal the secret location of a kidnapped child. I'm done with this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    M. (Inside My Library Mind)

    Reread in April, 2016: I have a lot more appreciation for this series upon rereading. It's all clicking into place and it's a really complex and clever story. First read Aug, 2015: The story kind of picked up in this volume, because the second one was all over for me and I was a bit lost. I still can't bring myself to give any of this series a 5 star rating because it's very inconsistent. It's confusing throughout and really, really good at the end, so I am always conflicted about it. Still, rea Reread in April, 2016: I have a lot more appreciation for this series upon rereading. It's all clicking into place and it's a really complex and clever story. First read Aug, 2015: The story kind of picked up in this volume, because the second one was all over for me and I was a bit lost. I still can't bring myself to give any of this series a 5 star rating because it's very inconsistent. It's confusing throughout and really, really good at the end, so I am always conflicted about it. Still, really enjoyed this one

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    There's this Kurt Vonnegut rule of storytelling: Start as close to the end as possible. Clearly, East of West isn't following that rule. It felt like it at first. That we were on the brink of the apocalypse. But after this volume, I'm kind of ready for shit to get started, really, for real. And I'm one volume away from being totally screwed again. 6 issues behind, maybe a new book within the next couple months. But I don't know if this stuff will all hold together in my mind, and if it doesn't, I There's this Kurt Vonnegut rule of storytelling: Start as close to the end as possible. Clearly, East of West isn't following that rule. It felt like it at first. That we were on the brink of the apocalypse. But after this volume, I'm kind of ready for shit to get started, really, for real. And I'm one volume away from being totally screwed again. 6 issues behind, maybe a new book within the next couple months. But I don't know if this stuff will all hold together in my mind, and if it doesn't, I doubt that I'll get beyond volume 5.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This series rules. The first half here is kind of a lull catch-up, sprinkling in the details that are more or less necessary for clashes down the road, but aren't the most whirlwind of scenarios. The second half brings it back to the chaos and beauty that this violent saga serves up so enthusiastically. What if it was just bucket of genres and mythos barreling through a narrative? This forever. I kind of wish I had waited in order to read this start to finish in one long weekend of wild.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This series started off promising but I have to admit that I tired of it rather quickly. All of the randomness gets redundant after a while and there’s basically no character that I can get behind, root for, or quite frankly, care about. They’re all just there. I guess this series just isn’t for me, I tried to keep going with it but with so many more volumes left, I’d rather be reading other things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Selwa

    This one is a solid 4 stars, unlike the other 2 volumes, which were 4 stars by default (since I couldn't rate them 3 1/2). In all honesty, I felt pretty lukewarm about the series initially, but it has certainly grown on me. I believe the fourth volume comes out next week or so and I'm pretty excited about that, to see where things are going.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Fantastic and interesting characters and settings. And fairly amazing art. Apparently still not enough to make a readable book. This book was tiresome. And yet individual pieces, the different lands, the different characters interacting with each other, these pieces were kind of cool. But still picking up this book a battling through reading it was just plain irritating.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Florence

    I wanted to love this series so bad. Maybe that's why I was a little disappointed. I just felt like everything was very confusing. Maybe I will reread this series again sometime, but for now, I just am not in love with it. :/

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    No words. Just...that ending... Ohhhhh my.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    Uh ... maybe reading this at 4 am when I couldn't go back to sleep was a mistake. The mythology at work here demands full attention.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Venus Maneater

    Not often does a final page fill me with such dread and anticipation. I can't wait for volume 4. The Beast Babylon is tremendous and very, very scary.

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