Harland Buck Freesword #5 Review
Art – Dino Agor
Colors – Avery Ferdinand
Design Assistant – Dejon Weldon
Publisher – Weldon Studios
Harland Buck Freesword and Scott Weldon are household names in the indie comics circuit. This is my review of Harland Buck Freesword #5 Bad Business.
Scott Weldon writes a fantastic story. I have never read an issue of Harland Buck Freesword, so the characters were foreign to me. However, Scott presents Harland and his supporting cast with a warming embrace. I felt familiar with these characters and their struggles. The complexity of his characters is great. Weldon presents personalities beautifully to give the characters depth and defines their motivations. Harland Buck is brilliantly paced, Scott keeps the tempo consistent with strong dialogue and action set pieces.
The overall story is well constructed. Harland Buck Freesword #5 reads as if I’m watching an action drama. The reveals and character moments are set-up and executed with precision. Weldon uses a few tropes from classic American westerns which he acknowledges in the final words. Honestly, the tropes work brilliantly within the story and it’s fascinating to see Scott’s passion influence his original work.
Dino Agor provides the interior art, along with the cover and does an outstanding job. Issue 5 has some outstanding pacing which is due largely to the flow of Agor’s art. The panels during action set pieces have a great synergy that they leap off the page. The character designs are brilliantly distinctive and ooze their personalities. The backgrounds and establishing shots have a stupendous amount of detail.
Avery Ferdinand is a phenomenal colorist. Their colors are vivid and vibrant adding charisma to this world. The colors also bring the wonderful costume designs to life in the tavern scenes. Ferdinand’s shading is subtle on the eyes but effective.
Harland Buck Freesword #5 – Bad Business is a beautiful comic. The Freesword team are a well-oiled machine producing outstanding stories with great art. The page designs are exceptional from the interior art pages to the Cyclopedia and fan letter page. If you love a strong story with great characters with a Western influence Harland Buck Freesword is a perfect choice.