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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published September 6th 2018
Wynonna is very reliable
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Wynnona Earp is the descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and heir to the family curse. She has been recruited by a secretive government organisation to help protect humanity from supernatural threats, such as organ harvesting gangster chupacabras, and the undead revenant outlaws shot by her forebearers. She fights alongside John Henry, aka Doc Holliday (now immortal), her boss, Agent Dolls, and Agent Valdez, a Mayan warrior princess.

Wynonna Earp Volume 1: Homecoming collects issues 1- 6 of the rebooted series created as a tie-in for the Syfy channel television show (of which Season 1 is currently available on Australian Netflix). Despite the cover art, it differs from the TV show in a few ways. This volume starts with Wynonna battling various foes for the Black Badge division and it is only when she comes home to Tombstone (not Purgatory, as in the show) that she encounters the revenants that are her father's legacy. Fans of the show may miss some of the characters, such as Wynonna's younger sister Waverly (sorry Wayhaught shippers), but the spirit of the tale is essentially the same- badass young woman fights evil while seeking redemption.

Wynonna reminds me a little of Jessica Jones - tough, damaged and determined. The art is great, and neither Wynonna nor Valdez are drawn in a ridiculous, sexualised way. The characters are interesting, and there is snappy dialogue and a few laughs. The plot is a little choppy since there are several short story arcs crammed into this one volume. I would like to see it move beyond the 'monster of the week' feel and get into more of an ongoing story, so I will be interested to see if that happens in the other volumes that weren't created to promote the TV show.

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Wynonna arm wrestles Valdez, from Wynonna Earp: Homecoming.

Wynonna Earp: Homecoming is a fun tale of the weird west, with a captivating heroine, plenty of action, and a few zombies and cannibals thrown in. It should appeal to fans of Buffy and Jessica Jones.

Published: 2016

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