I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love a good western. In Wynonna Earp: Homecoming, not only do you get a great story, you get one with roots deep within the American Old West.
Wynonna Earp is a black-badge, a US Marshal tasked with hunting down the paranormal baddies in the world. She is also the great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp. Her current case has her on the trail of the Chupacabra Cartel who are dealing in frozen human brains from some of the finest universities in the country. Unfortunately, her anger issues lead to a higher than normal body-count, and Special Agent Dolls – Wynonna’s boss – struggles to find a way to temper the one person who could be his best asset.
To help, he enlists Valdez, a thousand-year-old Mayan princess, to be Wynonna’s Field Supervisor. The two clash but find a common ground of mutual respect in time to take down a demon-run underground fight club with the help of John Henry, a mysterious cowboy who keeps popping up in Wynonna’s life. Turns out, Henry’s been feeding Dolls information about the Chupacabra Cartel, and he knows more about Wynonna than he’s letting on.
On top of all that, Wynonna is being followed by a sniper who keeps shooting the people around her. When that sniper finally challenges her to return home, Wynonna must travel back to where the Earp legends began – Tombstone.
This book has everything! Great story and characters, detailed worldbuilding, and amazing art. Author Beau Smith has done a great job of tying everything together—modern heroine with classic western elements and legends. Wynonna has a lot of baggage holding her back, and working through it isn’t simple. She continues to struggle with who she is and what she represents. Embracing her destiny as an Earp – and a demon hunter – is the only way she can move forward.
The other characters – Valdez, Dolls, and John Henry – are all fully fleshed out. They have unique personalities and agendas, although I think Valdez and Wynonna went from antagonism to friends far too quickly. The paranormal creatures and demons are also interesting, but pretty straight forward.
The book is set up in a mission-of-the-week format, with each new mission amping up the danger. In that way, it does remind me of the creature-of-the-week episodes of Supernatural – which isn’t a bad thing. There’s also a show on SyFy based on this comic, and after reading this book, I definitely want to check that out when it comes to Netflix.
I burned through this book in one sitting. Tons of action, character development, and back story made for a fun and compelling read.
Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo Award Winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed - @atfmb. His novel, SAMANTHA KANE: INTO THE FIRE is available at all major retailers. His short fiction can be found in the anthologies Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6 andAn Uncommon Collection, as well as the eBooks Conversations with my Cat, Witchcraft & Satyrs, Consumption, Cahill's Homecoming and Cahill's Unfinished Business. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for multiple Parsec and Hugo Awards.