East of West, Vol. 4
It's the fourth volume of the Eisner-nominated, best-selling East of West.Who Wants War? sees Year Two of the Apocalypse kick into high gear.Collecting: East of West 16-19, The World

East of West, Vol. 4 Details

TitleEast of West, Vol. 4
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2015
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632153814
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

East of West, Vol. 4 Review

  • Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    This series consistently proves itself to be great. Each volume really builds well off of the previous ones. In vol. 4 we get a lot more back story, which helps explain some connections and historic events, and we also see some events unfold that will definitely propel the series forward in a really interesting way. I love the complexity because it's so much more satisfying when things come together and you start to understand the alliances and driving forces of each character's actions. Also in This series consistently proves itself to be great. Each volume really builds well off of the previous ones. In vol. 4 we get a lot more back story, which helps explain some connections and historic events, and we also see some events unfold that will definitely propel the series forward in a really interesting way. I love the complexity because it's so much more satisfying when things come together and you start to understand the alliances and driving forces of each character's actions. Also in this volume we got some auxiliary material (i.e. timelines, maps, and encyclopedia entries) that expand the world as well as provide more context in a unique and helpful way. Overall, one of the best, coolest and most beautiful (I mean, the art is stunning) comic series I've read. Can't wait for vol. 5 to come out! 4 stars
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  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    ✩ 2 Stars ✩ 40% of this comic is blank or filler (maps/timeline). Hold the phone, WHAT?! 40%!?!The remaining: Ramble on Hickman. The plot is getting lost in the philosophical rubbish and I can’t name one character that I would miss if they were killed off. Even with my reservations, I was intrigued enough with the previous volumes. Not so much anymore.Blog ✧ Twitter ✧ Instagram
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  • Crystal Starr Light
    January 1, 1970
    Bullet Review:I don't know what Hickman's doing to me, but I may actually like this one. Either that or I've been so burned by this Summer of Love Challenge/Flop that even the things I hate, I now like.Not saying it's not hella confusing, but you know, at least there's story, it's interesting, and I'm invested in the characters. Better than the book I'm working on now.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    This provided a few more answers to some questions. The plot is unfolding and developing at a less confusing pace. Still really enjoying this atm
  • Travis Duke
    January 1, 1970
    I am sure I am in the minority in saying this but the story progression is slowing down and I feel like the books are not getting better. When they have to include a timeline and character bio that is close to 10 pages, that should tell you that the story is cumbersome and bloated. I was a huge fan when East of West started but Hickman is turning more poetic and drawing the story out. The art continues to be fantastic with Dragotta continuing to create great panels. At this point I am hoping the I am sure I am in the minority in saying this but the story progression is slowing down and I feel like the books are not getting better. When they have to include a timeline and character bio that is close to 10 pages, that should tell you that the story is cumbersome and bloated. I was a huge fan when East of West started but Hickman is turning more poetic and drawing the story out. The art continues to be fantastic with Dragotta continuing to create great panels. At this point I am hoping they wrap up this series soon because its becoming painful for me anyways. Quick recap because god knows I need it with East of West....The republic (Texas) is dead, wiped out by the nation and there vast technology. The four horseman are travelling.... I actually have no idea what there purpose is anymore. Death re-unites with premier ( his wife). Premier (Pra) creates an alliance with the nation. Babylon ( deaths son) is travelling ( not sure where too) and his navigator robot is reprogrammed to make him kill.
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  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    WARNING: SPOILERS FOR VOLUMES 1-3 AHEAD!What’s it about?As a general rule, I’m gonna mostly skip this bit in East of West reviews.Pros:The story is great as it always is in this series.The art is still extremely well done with this book being full of amazing panels!The characters are still very interesting. The action scenes are exciting.This volume is unpredictable.There’s a little bit of humor thanks to some great, more cartoony panels showing how Babylon sees the outside world.The world build WARNING: SPOILERS FOR VOLUMES 1-3 AHEAD!What’s it about?As a general rule, I’m gonna mostly skip this bit in East of West reviews.Pros:The story is great as it always is in this series.The art is still extremely well done with this book being full of amazing panels!The characters are still very interesting. The action scenes are exciting.This volume is unpredictable.There’s a little bit of humor thanks to some great, more cartoony panels showing how Babylon sees the outside world.The world building is great and gets even more in depth!The dialogue is still great.There’s romance in this volume and it’s amazing!There’s a little bit of horror in this one, pretty well done too!The ending is great.Why not 5 stars:The first volume contains an obnoxious amount of prose and I can’t stand when comics and prose are mixed in the same book.Overall:Great volume even though I have one problem with it. This series continues to be freaking amazing and it’s a series that all comic readers should definitely at least try!4/5
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    This was good to have breakdown of all the major players and kinda explain why the world is screwed up.
  • Jedi JC Daquis
    January 1, 1970
    While the third volume made things on track in East of West, volume 4 makes it a good read. I liked this volume. It seems that Hickman cleaned the mess from the previous issues and started with a wholly refreshing and lighter tone in the story while not sacrificing the overarching end of days plot.Volume 4 did not hesitate to build up the Babylon character without exposing his true nature. The unexpected childishness of the character made him more likeable and gave him personality, instead of ju While the third volume made things on track in East of West, volume 4 makes it a good read. I liked this volume. It seems that Hickman cleaned the mess from the previous issues and started with a wholly refreshing and lighter tone in the story while not sacrificing the overarching end of days plot.Volume 4 did not hesitate to build up the Babylon character without exposing his true nature. The unexpected childishness of the character made him more likeable and gave him personality, instead of just being a killing machine. I am okay with the slower pace with the war being slightly sidelined.The description of the nations and the timeline of events is a visual treat and immensely helped the readers to get a visual familiarization of the colorful world of politics Hickman has created.Now I am glad I have picked East of West.
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, business is picking up. Lines drawn, quests begun and metamorphoses abound. The road to hell seems paved with undetermined intentions and I can't wait to see where it takes us!
  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    I reviewed volume 1 of 'East of West' when it came out, and while I liked it at the time, I found it a bit confusing. I just finished 'East of West Volume 4: Who Wants War?' written by Jonathan Hickman and art by Nick Dragotta, and I really like the way this series has progressed. It's still strange, but I have a better idea of what's going on. Especially because there is a standalone issue that brings readers up to speed with breakdowns of the regions and infographics of the timelines to get to I reviewed volume 1 of 'East of West' when it came out, and while I liked it at the time, I found it a bit confusing. I just finished 'East of West Volume 4: Who Wants War?' written by Jonathan Hickman and art by Nick Dragotta, and I really like the way this series has progressed. It's still strange, but I have a better idea of what's going on. Especially because there is a standalone issue that brings readers up to speed with breakdowns of the regions and infographics of the timelines to get to where we are. And where we are is deep in the heart of a fragmented United States (Un-United States?) in the middle of the apocalypse. Regions try to press their particular advantages to bolster their weaknesses. The Nation takes a bold stance against Texas. Meanwhile, the child Babylon is methodically taught to kill, but to what end, we don't know yet.The art is great. I like the sci-fi aspects of a comic that has an old West feel to it. The canvas for the story is big and I keep thinking it would be an interesting gaming world. I also think this might be a better story to read once it's all completed. I might have had a better opinion of volume 1 with more story to shed light on it.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Hickman and Dragotta pull the reader into their beautifully surreal and terrifying world even deeper with this volume.East of West is one of those series that is greatly enhanced by re readings of the previous volumes before starting a new one. With the added benefit of a little bit of history and background into their alternate world, volume four helps fill in some blind spots and create new questions. The mix of science fiction, alternate history, dystopian, and apocalyptic themes is genius. H Hickman and Dragotta pull the reader into their beautifully surreal and terrifying world even deeper with this volume.East of West is one of those series that is greatly enhanced by re readings of the previous volumes before starting a new one. With the added benefit of a little bit of history and background into their alternate world, volume four helps fill in some blind spots and create new questions. The mix of science fiction, alternate history, dystopian, and apocalyptic themes is genius. Highly recommended for anyone seeking some unique in the comics world.
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  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
    January 1, 1970
    Reread in April, 2016: Definitely my favorite volume so far. I highly recommend this series! I am going to be picking up Volume 5 soon, and I am quite excited for it! First read in Aug, 2015: Ah I was very pleased with this one. I was in the story the whole time, and I really enjoyef it.
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  • Taylor Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book more than the last one. I enjoyed the bits with Death and Xiao, I like their romance but apparently they’re never seeing each other again so that sucks. I’m super worried about Babylon because the evil Balloon is starting to teach him to become a killer. He’s such a sweetie and now he’s going to bring the end times. I also liked the bits with the Ranger or Thomas. He’s probably my favorite character, he has such good lines. Plus he actually has morals unlike Chamberlain.“That I enjoyed this book more than the last one. I enjoyed the bits with Death and Xiao, I like their romance but apparently they’re never seeing each other again so that sucks. I’m super worried about Babylon because the evil Balloon is starting to teach him to become a killer. He’s such a sweetie and now he’s going to bring the end times. I also liked the bits with the Ranger or Thomas. He’s probably my favorite character, he has such good lines. Plus he actually has morals unlike Chamberlain.“That’s right. Because all of those things just had the illusion of matterin’…But no lies last start of war—it’s like wakin’ up from a dream. War is the great cruible where men make their own destinities—become heroes of villains—are remembered or forgotten.”This is a really great Thomas line.So Chamberlain named his niece Constance Lee his Chief of Staff. I like her already.So Babylon sees everything nice and pleasant as horrific and dead, while he sees everything horrific and dead as nice and pleasant. Weird.Balloon: Where’d you get the demon?Orion: Cheveyo summoned it from the plain and I grew it as an arm.Balloon: Hmmm. Sounds painful.I love the humor, too.
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    Sly, sensual, and scary. The story is doing a great job of keeping up the pace. There hasn’t been a moment of confusion or anything yet. This volume even have an issue devoted to the history’s and backstory of all the different nations and how things came to be. Unfortunately I felt like I didn’t have time to read through it/it felt a bit late in the game to address such things. Still love the art. Still surprises me when I think I’ve figured it out. On to the next volume!
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  • Camilo Guerra
    January 1, 1970
    Hickman y Dragotta no fallan y aca nos traen mas tramas, se develan secretos , mas Western, una guerra terrible en menos de 5 paginas y todo al nivel de siempre, aunque reconozco que tanto personaje es difícil de tratar, los chicos hacen sus tareas y todos tienen su momento de gloria, aunque nos quedamos con ganas de ver mas a Death y en espera de lo que viene.
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  • Aron
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this is a truly great series! The characters (good guys & bad) are fantastic, and the story really pulls you in. Plus, the artwork is some of the best in comics right now. If you like comics or just good stories, then you should give this series a shot, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely gets better as it goes on.
  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Venus Maneater
    January 1, 1970
    The Babylon developments are interesting to see, but I'm even more hyped about Doma's story! Never expected that to happen and I'm pleased that the subtle nods we already got were worth it.
  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    Volume 4 has more great splash pages and moments of climactic violence which seemed to be in lesser quantity in Volume 3. The Beast now called Babylon and his faithful Balloon are free from their prison and now walk on a soul quest, eventually led by Ezra Orion's reprogramming of Balloon to help Babylon become a bringer of death. It's creepy to see how Balloon distorts his sense of reality, twisting friend and foe. But he's still a cute kid.The nations are now at war, as Hickman beats this point Volume 4 has more great splash pages and moments of climactic violence which seemed to be in lesser quantity in Volume 3. The Beast now called Babylon and his faithful Balloon are free from their prison and now walk on a soul quest, eventually led by Ezra Orion's reprogramming of Balloon to help Babylon become a bringer of death. It's creepy to see how Balloon distorts his sense of reality, twisting friend and foe. But he's still a cute kid.The nations are now at war, as Hickman beats this point to death. Death informs Xiaolian that their son is gone but he will find him. And political leaders pace and bang their fists wondering how they can crush each other. I guess I'm less interested in the state of the nations than their leaders personally. I must say that I want more from the Horsemen. In this volume, Conquest has subdued a meat (human) and rides it with horse bit handlebars. War and Famine are nearly nonexistent, except to drink blood and talk about how great destruction is. I honestly don't know what they're doing anymore. Pulling a trailer of something to go somewhere. ? All that being said, although Hickman definitely stretches himself thin, this is still shaping up toward something great.
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  • Chris Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    The world of East of West deepens, and there is a helpful glossary section at the start of this volume, providing much-needed details about the world that Hickman and his team have created. This has become a story about the fractured United States nations of Hickman's world. Death may be the center, but only barely. So many other characters are also shaping the story as a whole and each one has the potential to cause a major shift, or to simply perish.Trust and faith are major themes. Archibald The world of East of West deepens, and there is a helpful glossary section at the start of this volume, providing much-needed details about the world that Hickman and his team have created. This has become a story about the fractured United States nations of Hickman's world. Death may be the center, but only barely. So many other characters are also shaping the story as a whole and each one has the potential to cause a major shift, or to simply perish.Trust and faith are major themes. Archibald makes it clear that it's a mistake to trust any person, no matter how close an ally they seem, and other characters take stabs at faith, such as when the Ranger rescues Bel from a hopeless situation. Babylon's story shows that even machines have their own agendas, and he is blindly faithful to the machine that has become his teacher, trusting the images of the world that it transmits to his brain. His story is like Plato's Allegory of the Cave, in which men believe the shadows they see cast on walls by firelight present reality. Only when these men escape the cave do they truly see reality in all its shapes and colors. I'm excitedly anticipating Babylon's big moment of escape.
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  • robb
    January 1, 1970
    East of West, Vol. 4: Who Wants War? by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin ReviewRating: 3.5/5I didn't find this to be better than the last volume, but it's still decent in my opinion. The reason to that is the plot moved slower in this than the 3rd one and less were happening. There was a lot of filler that was disguised as constant action sequences and some of them were unnecessary. But besides that, it's fun to see all the political intrigue these characters plot on each other. Bab East of West, Vol. 4: Who Wants War? by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin ReviewRating: 3.5/5I didn't find this to be better than the last volume, but it's still decent in my opinion. The reason to that is the plot moved slower in this than the 3rd one and less were happening. There was a lot of filler that was disguised as constant action sequences and some of them were unnecessary. But besides that, it's fun to see all the political intrigue these characters plot on each other. Babylon was a huge focus in this volume and he's the one who hooked me for most of the time; the rest personally were just filler and it didn't captivate me as much as his storyline. The art still stands out to be one of the most creative and imaginative works I've seen in graphic novels. Overall, pretty decent but pales in comparison to the 3rd one. Instagram | Twitter | IMDb
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  • Harry Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    I'm annoyed that it took me so long to finally pick up this volume and read it, but the reason for it was that this series has so much going on that after the seemingly long period of time between the release of volume 3 and volume 4, I simply couldn't remember everything that had happened. The stand-alone issue "The World" that is collected in this series does a lot to aid that and I was very grateful for it being included.Volume 4 is another fantastic instalment to a wonderful series. Hickman I'm annoyed that it took me so long to finally pick up this volume and read it, but the reason for it was that this series has so much going on that after the seemingly long period of time between the release of volume 3 and volume 4, I simply couldn't remember everything that had happened. The stand-alone issue "The World" that is collected in this series does a lot to aid that and I was very grateful for it being included.Volume 4 is another fantastic instalment to a wonderful series. Hickman has built something very special in this world and now the world building is coming to a halt and the real story is beginning. There were some very touching moments with Death and Lady Mao in this one and I loved the bits with Babylon and Balloon. It certainly will not take me so long to pick up volume 5 when it eventually gets released.I also want to note that the art in this series is incredible, and I'm not usually one to make a big deal out of the art (if the story is good, I'll read it), Nick Dragotta does a brilliant job.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The reason I wait for the collected volumes is clearly illustrated by this edition. It's all about the extras, from the gorgeous cover to the dramatic interleaves. Also included in this edition are info sheets on each of the factions and a timeline.Story-wise, this volume is deceptively quiet. Considering the bloodshed in the last volume, this comes as a relief. There is still a lot going on, however, and much of it is conveyed by the spaces between--unanswered questions and the always careful i The reason I wait for the collected volumes is clearly illustrated by this edition. It's all about the extras, from the gorgeous cover to the dramatic interleaves. Also included in this edition are info sheets on each of the factions and a timeline.Story-wise, this volume is deceptively quiet. Considering the bloodshed in the last volume, this comes as a relief. There is still a lot going on, however, and much of it is conveyed by the spaces between--unanswered questions and the always careful illustrations. I really enjoyed the hefty dose of Death here, and adventures with Babylon. The ending is...frustrating, but forgivable. As always, the art is glorious. Where other illustrators might throw a few lines into a small, dialogue-centric panel, Nick Dragotta gives every scene his all. These comics are stunningly beautiful. Always.
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  • Avery (ThePagemaster)
    January 1, 1970
    Though I did enjoy that they included a timeline of when certain events happened before and during the story of East of West, the story itself still relies on the reader's memory to understand the full scope. Also, this edition seemed to be split into two: one part being the politics and the Three of the Four Horsemen doing their thing, the second half following mostly Babylon, Death's son, as well as the deeper development of Death and Mao's relationship. With their being a huge space between m Though I did enjoy that they included a timeline of when certain events happened before and during the story of East of West, the story itself still relies on the reader's memory to understand the full scope. Also, this edition seemed to be split into two: one part being the politics and the Three of the Four Horsemen doing their thing, the second half following mostly Babylon, Death's son, as well as the deeper development of Death and Mao's relationship. With their being a huge space between me reading Vol. 3 and Vol. 4, I do place some of this blame on myself when it comes to little remembering, but I really like how intricate this story is. There were moments and quotes in here that did kinda open my eyes to how it kind of parallels to our society and world. A couple of funny moments near the end from Balloon and Babylon.
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  • Belinda (TheBookBuddies)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Shit gets crazier and crazier.
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another great Image title. I look forward to each volume that comes out. Nick Dragotta has hit it out of the park. I never really liked his art until now. It's rock star quality.
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I waited so long to find out what that creepy metal ballon was doing. Other than a bit more backstory the plot really didn't progress.
  • Rachel Beeler
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Zoe Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    The growth of graphic novels such as these continues to astound me! The art and the story developments are amazing and I couldn't be more excited to dive into it more.
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