Written by Andres Salazar and Penciler Jose Luis Pescador, Pariah, MO is a western with a supernatural twist. It’s pitched as Deadwood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Part wild-west historical drama, part supernatural mystery, Pariah is set in 1857 a few years before the Civil War. Considered a team book, we follow Hiram Buchanan an undercover Pinkerton, Nellie a feisty courtesan, Jean a practitioner of vodoo from New Orleans and Toro a Comanche bounty-hunter as they ferret out evil.
Pariah, MO is a gritty western. I love stories that have ensemble casts, and we have plenty of characters and stories to tell in Pariah. In this page, we are introduced to Toro, a half-Comanche half Mexican that passes through town regularly dropping off pelts from trapping. He’s also a notorious bounty-hunter and people give him a wide berth.
Pariah, MO is character-driven. We have tough-as-nails characters like Toro. He is more than that though, as we will see in the story everyone has a secret and for Toro his secrets not only involve his past but also his abilities. Pariah, MO is a supernatural/horror story and we use many of the folk-magic and myths of the times and explore those in the characters, so we will learn that Toro is more than a simple ‘Injin”
Pariah, MO focuses on Hiram Buchanan seen here. He’s our Scarlet Pimpernel. He acts as a cheat and fop, but he’s a detective and creates his “A-Team” in Pariah. Unfortunately in this scene, he introduction to the new visiting Marshal Kane does not go well. These two honorable law men will be at odds for much of the story. I wanted to tell a story where people’s perception judges their actions and path, not necessarily just all the ‘good guys’ get together… it’s much harder than that in real life and I will be exploring that in Pariah, Missouri.