Westward volume 01, written and drawn by Ken Krekeler and fresh from a successful Kickstarter funding is an awesome start to a fun and deviceful steam-punk title. At the beginning, Victor West wakes from a coma and seems to have lost his memories which allows the reader to discover this wondrous world of characters as he does. It’s a smart if standard hook that exemplifies nearly everything you need to know about this Westward.
Krekeler has put a lot of good strong effort into making Westward look, feel and sound steam-punk and beautiful. His art is obviously photo referenced and very stylistic which sets the book in a kind of near-reality. Krekeler has also firmly grasped the panel to panel, page to page language of sequential art, so the story all flows nicely. In this area, he also has the added advantage of have written the story.
Westward is a mystery that blossoms as the protagonist finds out why he’s lost his memories, who he is now and what he’s going to do with the situation he’s in. Victor West is a nicely complex character with mixed and confused emotions stemming from his fertile past that is somewhat lost to him but not the others around him. The other characters in the book are just as a multi-faceted making Westward an enjoyable read.
Westward is a great read because it has a lot to offer: it’s nicely drawn and in a great steam-punk setting but the characters are strong enough to stand on their own and make for a good read. It’s certainly worth the cost of admission.