I love genre-bending. It is often an interesting way to take the pitfalls and tropes of 1 or sometimes 2 genres and splashing them together to hopefully find something new and inventive. Morningstar does just that but there is one thing about this book that bothers the hell out of me – I’ll get to that later but right now, I want to talk about Gerimi Burleigh’s Morningstar.
Morningstar takes angel-fantasy and drops it firmly into a western setting which leads to some really cool metaphoric potential but it also makes it possible for Burleigh to draw iconic images of cowboy-clothed, gun-toting angelic figures. Burleigh uses a wonderful, action-packed, high-contrast style of art to show an inventive old-west world. Burleigh also introduces demon-like creatures, reminiscent of the Grakken from Deadworld. I look forward to seeing how Morningstar develops both in art and in terms of story.
Now, I want to get back to something that I mentioned earlier: there is something that really bothers me about this book. It’s a small thing but it has to do with the overall logic of the genre-bending that I love so much. Why do winged men and women need to ride horses? One could ask why do men and women with legs need horses but it just does not carry. I’m not going to kick dead horses here because I really like this book but it was something that stuck out and bothered me.