Book Review: East of West Volume 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman

17929637 Goodreads Synopsis

This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH.

Collects EAST OF WEST issues #1-5.

Hickman told Previews catalog that the tagline of East of West is “The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us.” Hickman explained, “The end times are imminent and we all hate each other too much to come together and solve our problems. Our final destination is imminent, and it is the Apocalypse. And then, in the face of all that despair and gloom, somehow there is still hope.” – Taken from

This comic takes place in a world that seems to be almost deserted. I got a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel to it. In here we see the four horsemen of the apocalypse and a chosen few called The Chosen. What I understood from this is that Death is after something and The Chosen is supposed to keep it a secret.

There was mostly a build up of the story in this one so it didn’t go into too much detail. We find out that apart from the secret and the message that has been heard by a few people here and there, there’s nothing more important to Death than his wife.

It’s The Chosen’s job to make sure the apocalypse happens and although Death, War, Famine and Conquest are around, the apocalypse hasn’t actually happened yet.

I bought this book because Regan from PeruseProject on Youtube raved about it and I trust her judgment. When I got the book, I wanted to read the back to see what else I could learn. All I got was:

“We would tell you to pray, but it wouldn’t do any good. You have earned what is coming to you.”

Of course that made me even more excited. I was quite confused during this read, but I hope to learn more as I read the rest of the series.

Read: 8 December 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 11 September 2013
Publishers: Image
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrators: Nick Dragotta | Frank Martin


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