March 30th, 2015

Indie Comic of the Week: Django/Zorro #5

Django/Zorro #5

Written by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner.  Art by Esteve Polls, Brennan Wagner and Simon Bowland.

#HotTakes:  Django/Zorro covers a vast set of things that I know both nothing about and lots about.  I am a huge Tarantino fan so when I find out he is writing this book, I am thrilled.  I know nothing about Zorro except that Antonio Banderas is a pretty awesome actor and I think he played him once.  The book is actually almost to an end in the series but it is definitely something that people should get the back issues on or check out in a trade when it is released.

Django Zorro CoverFull Review:  I have been reading Django/Zorro since the beginning which should come as no surprise to anybody who knows me because if Quentin Tarantino did an algebra problem on a cocktail napkin I would seek it out to witness it.  The idea of the comic was great and when I found out that he was actually involved in the writing I knew that it would be excellent.  The book has been great to this point but I believe that this might be the second to last issue so it might be something that the people reading this will want to wait until it comes to trade through Dynamite or Vertigo (co-publishers of the book).

Issue 5 picks up where Issue 4 left off (obviously) where Django comes to the realization that the rich, frilly, Spanish gentlemen who hired him to be his bodyguard may not in fact need a bodyguard at all as the puzzle pieces fell into place that his boss may secretly be the fabled Zorro.  When Django confronts him with this information he basically comes clean and tells him his whole plan about how the Archduke of Arizona has been running a scam to lay claim to the Arizona territory and is playing everybody for fools while enslaving many Hispanic indigenous people to build railroads for his buddies.  I don’t know much about Zorro but I know that shit isn’t going to sit very well with him.

Due to Zorro running up in the railroading slave camp and busting heads in Issue 4 while Django happened to be there, the Archduke believes that Django is actually Zorro, for whatever reason, and sends out his hit squad to round up Django to be brought in for questioning.  The confrontation doesn’t go quite the way that these guys plan and some people are poked full of bullet holes before Django and his boss head back to the estate to sort this whole thing out.  The last page of the book has an awesome reveal as part of the plan to catch the Archduke forging documents to stake his claim to the Arizona Territory that I won’t give away because you should totally read the book to get to see it.

The artwork in this series has been great and the storytelling has been phenomenal.  I know a lot of time with books that have writers like Tarantino on them with another writer people think that the “big name” probably didn’t have all that much to do with the actual writing of the book but you can feel Tarantino’s style all over the dialogue of this book.  Let’s be honest, the man loves dialogue the way Kevin Smith does.  Also in this issue there is a dope draw back to Django’s time with Dr. King Shultz and they talk about that fancy thing his horse Fritz did with his head.  Also, take it for what it is worth but there was some talk about turning this series into a movie with Tarantino at the helm when they had that Sony hack, because I never read anything that came from the hack because I’m not a voyeuristic type, I didn’t realize this until searching for the images for this article.

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Michael Gray
Law student, recovering musician, writer, Stark of Winterfell.


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