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As modified from a rather sketchy short story with clear good/bad polarities, a defense killing becomes a revenge murder, with both sides breaching earlier traditions of give-and-take camaraderie among ranchers faced with unpredictable weather and other challenges of the 1880s cattle business. The result is a longer, murkier, and more interesting tale of range rivalries turned bloody. Plentiful backstory via flashbacks provides the history and earlier relationships of killer-on-the-run Shad Marone and the posse after him—especially the Mexican Apache half-breed Lopez, whose motives keep everyone guessing until the end. Yeates (currently Prince Valiant strip artist; Conan; Tarzan) supplies excellent genre-appropriate art. However, character clarity and atmosphere might have benefited from either sepia or two-color tones instead of gray scale. VERDICT The action favorites of pulp-Western megascribe L'Amour (1908–88) make ready fodder for comics. Here, the richer plot and characters from L'Amour's son Beau and collaborator Kathy Nolan add appeal and value in addition to the finely crafted visuals. Fans of L'Amour's stories should enjoy this work, adults or teens; plenty of gunplay and occasional strong language in both English and Spanish.—M.C.