One of the most appealing characters from Western comics is DC's Bartholomew Aloysius Lash, aka Bat--a charming, handsome rogue, intelligent, popular with the ladies, a bit of a dandy, he's a far cry from most tough and taciturn comic book gunslingers. I included him in the DC Western heroes I featured in my novel DC Universe: Trail of Time, and had fun writing him.
At the end of a year more crowded with Western comics (but precious few really good ones) than any in recent memory, Bat Lash has returned to comics in Bat Lash #1, written by Sergio Aragones (one of Bat's original creators) and fine Western novelist Peter Brandvold, taking his first crack at comic book writing. The art is by the ever-incredible John Severin, who several years ago came back to regular comics after a long exile to illustrate my miniseries Desperadoes: Quiet of the Grave. Although John is in his eighties, his talent is timeless. Seeing his work in this new series gives me the same chill I got when I saw his pages for my own story. The script is excellent as well, with crackling dialogue and a fast pace and an intriguing situation. Any fan of Western comics--or great storytelling in general--is encouraged to saddle up and visit your local comics shop pronto and have a look at Bat Lash #1.