I decided to take another trip into the world of graphic novels and was immediately intrigued by “Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus” by Magnetic Press. This hardcover book collects several works set in this world that is a mix of steampunk, science fiction, and Western genres.
“Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus” collects various works that are set in the world that Dorman has created. It has a mix of graphic novels and short stories (with some illustrations) that tell tales of this land. The world of the Wasted Lands is one that is very similar to what one would find in a spaghetti Western but that are also elements of science fiction, steampunk, and even fantasy with monsters and magic. This is a strange world that has many diverse elements to it but the only thing that the reader can count on is that the unexpected lurks on every page and the excitement is relentless.
As with all graphic novels, I will first take a look at the art. I found the art in the actual stories to be sufficient if not spectacular. They did a good job following the story and help bring them to life in a visual manner as would be expected from a graphic novel. The pinup art and full page art were spectacular as is to be expected from an artist like Dorman. These illustrations were all very strong and helped to give a deeper sense to the world that Dorman created. Those illustrations alone are worth the price of the book for those who love art and for Dorman’s fans.
As for the story, I thought that there were some good things in this book but it was more a collection of various parts rather than anything that could be turned into a coherent collection. While I enjoyed some of the stories individually, it almost seemed like watching the deleted scenes from a movie that you have never seen before. There just was no unifying theme in this collection of parts that are centered (sometimes only loosely) on Dorman’s world. Now, I do have to admit that I knew nothing about this universe going into the book and so maybe there is a lot more out there that I am unfamiliar with, but I was a little let down overall by the book as I really could not get into the stories. I would recommend that story for those who are familiar with Dorman’s works but I do not think this is the best way for new fans to be introduced to his work.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Magnetic Press for this review copy. “Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus” is available now.