Publishing date: October 25, 2016
The US Marshals Black Badge division has been fighting back against supernatural threats for decades. But even the toughest werewolf, most bloodthirsty vampire, or grisliest zombie knows there’s one agent to avoid at all cost: Wynonna Earp. Descended from the legendary Wyatt Earp, Wynonna is dead set on bringing the unnatural to justice!
I must admit – my main incentive for reading this graphic novel was the show. I had binge-watched the entire season (just 13 episodes!) last month, and finding this was a treat. Despite being a tie-in, it is more of a book set in the universe, rather than continuing from the show canon. This is both good and bad. Good because, here, with Black Badge divisions solving cases outside Purgatory means there is a wider world of supernatural creatures that we encounter. The story doesn’t revolve around the Earp Curse but mentions it. Bad because the Earp Curse gave a reason for Wynonna’s entry into Black Badge. Her character traits are such that the canon of the show had a legitimate plot reason for the Earp Curse and Black Badge arcs to coincide. Here, there is no such connection. Also, there is no Waverly Earp (the sisters are mentioned, though) – at least, not so far.
Moving on to the artwork, I was disappointed in the artist for the majority of the book. The lineart is disproportionate at times, and the characters barely resemble the show ones. The only exception was issue 3, which I think had a different artist because the art was actually good in that one. Sadly, that’s the only one. Despite the artwork not resembling the characters, they are however, rendered well. Wynonna’s sass shines through even here, as does other characters’ traits. I loved the addition of Valdez, primarily because I see a great partnership on the horizon, as well as a superb addition to the lore.
In its entirety I would say it is still better than the original graphic novels, whose male-gaze-oriented cover alone turned me off. This novel’s artwork is at least better than the originals’. Overall, it is not a bad addition to the series, but can get confusing with canon.
Received a free galley from Diamond Book Distributors, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.