If you have been curious about the western genre, you should consider Tall Tales from the Badlands #2. This black & white anthology contains 5 short stories that are accessible, thought-proviking, and entertaining.
Three writers and five artists combine to tell tales from the late 1800s, with a focus on both sides of the law.
"A Nation of Laws," by Sean Fahey (writer) and Borch Pena (art) is compelling. The question of justice versus due process remains topical today. The artwork is very good, although the word balloons take up large parts of panels due to the extensive text. Still, the writing is smooth, and the story keeps your attention.
"The Great Wall" by Fahey and Giannis Milonogiannis is set in the 20th century and displays the slow move toward ethnic tolerance in our country. The artwork is sketchier and contrasts the other styles in the book nicely.
"Paw" by Nick Nunziata (writer) and Carlos Trigo (art) calls back to the common Western movie theme of family feuds and the death that often defines their history. Trigo's linework is very clean, and the storytelling comes through well in the art. You can almost read it without the script.
"The Fastest Way from Here to There" by Seamus Kevin Fahey (writer) and Pablo Peppino (art) tells a story without words following a wild horse through the lawlessness and progress of the wild west. The art style is muddier, which is quite effective for the type of story being told.
"The Inside Man" by Fahey (writer) and Ger Curti is serviceable, if not predictable. There is a twist at the end which you might see coming. Even so, the artwork and pacing are enjoyable.
The lettering throughout is well done by Kel Nutall. Overall, this book is well done. It gives you what a comic book should . . . some action, multiple stories, and solid artwork.