Written by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner
Drawn by Esteve Polls
Published by Dynamite Comics
PREVIOUSLY: Django/Zorro #1
This issue is primarily concerned with the story of a man named Gurko Landon who is meant to be the villain of this miniseries. He is a wealthy land-owner from Spain who has come to Arizona which, at this point in history, is not yet a part of the United States of America. This is told through flashbacks, narrated by Landon’s son Alric, who first came to Arizona with his father as a young boy. He tells of how he met a young peasant girl named Conchita that his father then took with them back to Spain to be formally educated together, while Gurko went off to form a grand scheme to steal land in Arizona. The plot takes 11 years, including 7 spent in a monastery, and then he finally returned to Spain to gather Alric and Conchita, who he renamed and forged a whole life story for her as part of his scheme and take them with him to Arizona to carry out his plan.
It’s an interesting story, but the main problem is that it takes up the majority of the issue. This is a 26-page story and Django and Zorro don’t appear until page 24. That’s where the story catches back up to the present (of the time) and Zorro explains Gurko’s plans to Django, including the fact that Gurko has a large workforce of Native Americans that he treats like slaves, and after a brief debate over the effectiveness of guns vs. swords, they set out on their way to confront Gurko. So I can’t help but feel a tad let-down by this issue since the reason I decided to pick up this series (despite not being a fan of the movie Django Unchained) was for the chance to see Zorro in action, but we don’t get that here. I’m still intrigued enough to plan to come back next month for issue #3, but I hope it is better than this one.