In Review: Highlander – The American Dream

The American Dream follows Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod as he navigates through the American Civil War and 1950s Manhattan toward The Gathering in 1986.

Synopsis: The American Dream follows Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod as he navigates through the American Civil War and 1950s Manhattan toward The Gathering in 1986. Reunite with familiar faces, such as Connor’s secretary Rachel, and meet new immortals, such as Osta Vazilek, but remember… There can be only one!

Review: This first issues does a fair bit to set the story up.

It opens with a strange immortal visiting Connor MacLeod’s antique store where he gets a somewhat frosty reception from Rachel.

Then Connor meets the strange man who is from his past. His name is Osta Vazilek and he wishes to talk to McLeod before the it all ends with the gathering. When asked Vazilek reveals that there are only six immortals left.

The story then flashes back to the American civil war and recounts how Connor and Vazilek first met.

Written by Brian Buckley this first issue pretty much sets up the story, but doesn’t really give to much away in terms of who is who as yet. We meet an immortal who is second only to the Kurgan in terms of how evil he is. And the flash back sequence to the civil war works really well.

It’s mostly exposition to set up the future issues.

The art work by Andrea Mutti is really solid and well drawn. I loved the sequence of panels toward the middle of the book where MacLeod is running through the woods injured and hunted. The colours were really done well and worked fantastically well with Mutti’s line work.

Overall it is faithful to the Highlander movie series and I enjoyed the fact that the writer decided to set it a little prior to the first movie. Hopefully they ignore the second film and just stick to the mythology set up in the first movie.

That said. I’d rather IDW have done a comic book based on the character from Highlander The Series. But maybe that is one that they can do in the future.

8.9
Highlander - The American Dream #1
  • Covers
    9.4
  • Story
    8.2
  • Art Work
    9.0
  • Lettering
    9.0
  • Colours
    9.1

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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