Wynonna Earp Legends: The Earp Sisters #4 ComicWow! Review

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Beau Smith has worked for DC, IDW, and other publishers.  His credits include Catwoman/Wildcat and Batman/Wildcat for DC, as well as Guy Gardner: Warrior, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, and more.  He has done Aliens for Dark Horse, and Boof/Boof & the Bruise Crew and Bezerker for Image. He is the original creator of Wynonna Earp.

Chris Evenhuis worked on both Wynonna Earp and Wynonna: Earp Legends.  He also did GI Joe, Streetfighter/GI Joe, Action Man, Shadow Show, ROM, Magic, C.O.W.L., Outlaw Territory, and more.

This is the fourth (and final) issue of the miniseries. This series explores the relationship between the Earp sisters, Wynona and Waverly.  These characters are different from the original version of the comic. Originally, Wynona Earp was a blonde in the Baywatch mode, but now she is more of a “normal” person.  In this series, she is more of a realistically strong woman in an unrealistic situation – more Joss Whedon and less Hugh Hefner.  This new version of Wynona Earp includes a younger sister, Waverly.  There is something of a more mature version of the Buffy/Dawn dynamic here.

In a great many ways, Wynona Earp is a grown-up version of Buffy Summers.  This is not to say that Whedon’s character was not well-developed; the exact opposite is true.  A part of Buffy was the coming-of-age story.  Wynona Earp is an adult.

Likewise, there are Supernatural (Sam & Dean) elements here – siblings who are involved in a legacy of monster hunting.

Obviously, this miniseries, with its photo variant covers, is an outreach to fans of the popular series, but it retcons certain elements.  Wynonna is transporting Amy Jane – a compliant and friendly feral – to the Blackrock facility. There, she discovers that Waverly (now a genius hacker) has worked her way into the Black Badge division of the US Marshall Service.

Wynonna freaks out.  Her intention was to keep Waverly far away and safe.  Waverly, on the other hand, felt an obligation to do her part to help keep up the family legacy.  Waverly and Wynonna have an amazingly well-written conversation – not about monsters, but about their romantic relationships – Wynonna does not know about Waverly’s relationship with Nicole Haught (the ship known by the portmanteau “Wayhaught” to series devotees), all with Amy Jane watching in fascination a heretofore unseen aspect of the human condition.

Anybody can write an action scene, but creating realistic human dialogue about everyday things is very difficult.  People don’t know about revenants, curses, and enchanted revolvers, so an author can get by with dialogue that is less than top-notch.  Most people have siblings, and fake, poorly written sibling dialogue would be easily spotted. Smith and Scorfano do a fine job with it.

Evenhuis’ artwork walks the fine balance between the fantastic and the realistic.  He manages to realistically capture the characters from the show and the characters from the comic – and bring the various supernatural creatures into the mix without taking anything away from the milieu.

If you have not read the first three issues, it may be hard to “jump in” at the last issue, but with writing and artwork of this quality, a trade paperback is sure to follow.

Written by: Beau Smith & Melanie Scrofano

Illustrated by: Chris Evenhuis