Two-Gun Kid 12
First panel is a bit disturbing. There is the body of a man at Kid’s feet, and he is confronting the murderers, who said they killed the man as practice for the Kid. As he waits for their next move he remembers how he got here. He enters the town a few hours before, and notes how fancy and clean it is. He heads to the saloon, and tracks in some dirt so the proprietor calls his janitor guy to clean up real quick. The janitor guy knows who Two-Gun is and they begin to talk til the barman shoos him off for bothering a customer. Two-Gun defends him, and the other man replies that Huey- the janitor-is nothing more than a booze hound and he was mostly given the job out of pity I guess.
Then a man enters the saloon, a tough guy named Bull who scared the crap out of the barman. He says he had come for his protection money, and poor Huey accidentally bumps into him. Bull gets pissed and strikes at Huey, knocking him down and then kicking him from there. Kid stands up for Huey at once, coming in with fists ready. He beats the man and then scare him off with a gun. Bull warns him that this isn’t the end, and Huey is filled with admiration, and the remind of his days before the bottle. Everyone thanks Kid for what he did, and then they head outside as Bull is bringing his men over.
Huey comes with, and valiantly tries to stand up for his friend, but is shot down cold. In anger his guns flashed out, and the entire gang perished. Kid scolds the town for how they treated the brave man, and they give him the name of the town as his surname, and promise to bury him well.
Two-Gun is heading out to see his friends he Comstocks, and as he rides out that way a bullet flies by him. Apparently Lucy Comstock was taking watch, and upon hearing a horse she got scared and opened fire. Once she saw it was Two-Gun though, she appologizes. He scolds her, and tells her he’s gonna tell her paw how she greets old friends. But her father is dead, murdered in fact- and this news make Two-Gun forget his anger at Lucy.
Sadly she begins a tale in response to his questions. Her father had been a rancher, but he was more of a prospector than anything and so ignored his ranch. The day she tells us about her father claimed to have found a large vein of silver. He tells her to be careful, as there are two gangs of outlaws camped out in Wolf Creek, and he heads into town to file a claim. He never returned home, and the map to the silver was lifted from his corpse.
Finishing her tale Lucy tells Kid she’s scared to go into town, and has little to no food or money remaining. Two-Gun heads into town to get some food for her, and investigate the murder. On his way in he meets the townsfolk, fleeing the two gangs, who seem to have settled down. And the two gangs do not get along, each taking one side of Wolf Creek. The lower members of the gang tell Kid to clear off, and well he shoots them.
The sheriff comes out and asks what the noise is and Kid tells him he killed to men and the sheriff is cool with it. But he has no answers to Kid’s questions about Pa Comstock either. Kid chews the sheriff out for letting the outlaws take over his town, and the man says he’s gonna retire in a month and wants to do it alive. Disgusted with the man Kid says he’s now the deputy, and he’s gonna arrest the man (one of the gang bosses) who owned the land Comstock was found on.
He does it too. Waltzes in, punches some people and uses the boss as shield/hostage combo and drags him to the jail. As you may have guess both gangs or there for the mine, and the captured man says he knows who killed the man, but won’t tell. Knowing that gang wouldn’t take him kidnapping their leader well, he leads the other gang against them. He returns to the jail, hoping that now the promise of rescue was gone he’d talk. But he was dead, and since the gangs had been busy fighting Kid was able to conclude it was the sheriff. Confronted the Sheriff confessed that he had killed both the gang boss, and Comstock He and Mace were gonna split the mine 50/50, but were waiting till the murder thing blew over. The sheriff tried to shoot Kid, who kicked the gun out of his hand, knocked him out and recovered the map.
The gang that was still in town entered then, and Kid killed them. He then gives Lucy the map, and rides into the sunset. Might I add leaving her in a town with a bunch of dead bodies, and her as the only living person?
Back to the hood. Make up your minds not-yet-Marvel! Not gonna tag this for a bit cause they keep jumping. There is is stage coach trundling through the night, and the horses begin acting spooked, and the men have their blood run cold. The driver checks on his passengers, and finds all four dead. When they have Doc look at them, he finds no cause of death. He is forced to conclude they were scared to death, judging by their expressions. (Gasp! Avada Kedavra!)
While talking about what could have possibly killed the men Doc’s friend brings up the story of Doom Street. There once had been a mining town nearby, having grown up practically overnight as they were wont to do, and it had no name. The town had only one road, and thirty hard-working families, and one giant roughneck. He was left mostly alone, but his anger continued to grow until he killed every person in the town. He the burned the town down, and supposedly died in the flame. People say the angry ghost still haunts the area.
Doc, being a sensible man doesn’t believe a word. Still, he becomes the Black Rider that night to find what could have killed the men. Following the tracks he finds the stagecoach had taken a wrong folk and had gone through Doom Street. Leaving his horse outside BR began to stroll into the wrecked (maybe burned?) houses. He feels eyes upon him, and we actually see a figure with a melted face in on of them. A shriek rents the air and the large disfigured being appears before him. Black Rider opens fire, and empties his clips into the man, for that what it was. The man fell, truly dead now.
Watching as a group of Cheyenne rob a supply train Two-Gun gets ambushed by more of them. Taken by surprise he is over come, and as he is taken to their base he muses that he understands why they were angry. A treaty had recently been signed to give the land they were on to the Cheyenne, and with soldiers from the supply train passing through…
They then do something they call the gauntlet? They form two lines of armed men and Two-Gun goes though the channel between. Usually this would mean horrendous injury or death, but Kid manages to dodge and weave passing through unharmed. Some of the tribe are impressed enough they want to let him go, but instead he is tied to a stake, and a fire is about to be set when the Chief rides in.
Chief Tall Pine knows Two-Gun and frees him, telling his people he is not with the supply train and “A friend to any man, red or white, who has clean hands”. The man who tied him to the stake was displeased by this though, and strikes at Kid with a knife. Two-Gun turned the blade back at the brave, who perished.
The two men talk, and Tall Pine asks Two-Gun to find out why the soldiers were on their land. We quickly find out they are not supposed to be there, and the leader of this group is a huge racist. Two-Gun says he’s going to report this, so they arrest him. He gets away from his guard that night, and hears the soldiers attacking the Cheyenne. He thunders to the battle in time to see the major kill Chief Tall Pine. The Major seems a little sad? A shot rings out and the major is hit. Dying he tells Two-Gun that Tall Pine was his father, he had hated the fact that his own career would be hindered if his half heritage was discovered. He was glad he was going.
They man who was egging the major on this whole time was planning to wipe out the Cheyenne so he could sell the land. Angry at everything that had taken place Two-Gun disarms him and hands him over to the Cheyenne.