- Craig Graziano
Daisy Kutter: The Last Train follows a feisty female trying to be on her best behavior. Ms. Kutter runs the town general store, but she was always most at her element when committing train robberies and other such deeds.
She may be trying to be a good girl at the beginning of the story, but we all know that old habits die hard. When she's asked to come out of retirement to rob one last locomotive, the offer sounds too good to be true.
Her employer owns the train in question. He wants to see if his security robots are as good as promised. Oh, did I mention there were robots? This ain't your great-great-grandpa's Old West.
Taking the job will clear out Daisy's gambling debts, but she might be taking an even bigger risk in accepting the task.
Kibuishi's artwork draws from classic Western films like High Noon and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, fusing that genre with science fiction sleekness. His style combines the best elements of comics from both hemispheres, appealing to both fans and foes of manga.
The book also is a pretty good guide on how to play poker, specifically Texas Hold'em. The rules are laid out in detail with pictures as visual aids. I really love it when people use comics as an educational tool.
I also love it when an adventure comic focuses on a strong female character. If you enjoy that, too, I not only suggest this book, but also try Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. It's sort of a 19th-century Indiana Jones, but with long, brown hair, a dress, and knee-high boots.