Rose Obregon has tried to convince Cat “The Butcher” Tanner to return to the city of Redemption for the better part of four issues. But, unfortunately, her efforts have been met with nothing except mean sarcasm, stubbornness, and rejection. So does The Butcher come back to save her ex-lover Inez and exact revenge on the town dictator Stillwater? You have to read Redemption #5 to find out.
Redemption #5 is an enjoyable tale with a great depiction of battling your inner demons. The plot does an excellent job of mashing up everything you love about westerns while still managing to tell a compelling love story that includes lots of blood and bullets. Christ Faust even found time during all the chaos to add an old-school Mexican standoff which you have to see to believe. Aside from that, another layer of backstory adds to the hard decision that The Butcher was forced to make in her relationship with Inez.
For a rough and tough story, you need a rough and tough artist like Mike Deodato Jr. His gritty and detailed pencil work is unmatched, and adds just the right finesse a finale of this caliber deserves. His execution of the standoff scene is hands-down my favorite of this issue and is worth the price of admission alone for this book. Colorist Lee Loughridge brings it home with an incredible palette of colors that help set the tone and intensity of the book.
Redemption #5 is violent in all the right ways. If this book ever gets picked up for a movie or TV series, I’d love to see either Linda Blair or Melissa Leo bring The Butcher to life. Until then, grab the latest copy and judge for yourself.
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