Featuring guest; Art by Danijel Zezelj (EL DIABLO, CONGO BILL)! America's dirty and violent underside was exposed during the Civil War and Reconstruction. However, for Atticus Mann, a former slave turned Freeman, the struggle to survived was doubled in the face of racism and brutality.
The story of Ruth Cutter—Wes's wife and partner in crime—is not a glamorous one. But then again, very few women living during the Civil War or reconstruction had it very easy. In this stand-alone issue, Ruth's secrets are revealed, showing the brutality of the era, and memories that haunt her.
Artist Marcelo Frusin returns for the first installment of the new story arc "Thicker Than Blackwater." Wes Cutter's the new sheriff in town, and what better way to welcome him to the job than with a grisly murder. But when Sheriff Wes starts to investigate the brutal killing, he finds something familiar — and he doesn't like what he sees.
As Blackwater suffers under the crushing boot of a sadistic Federal captain, Ruth finds herself an unlikely ally, and in an even more unlikely position.Will she have to save Blackwater before she can burn it down?
The year is 1927. In the hills and back roads of Missouri, two fugitives are about to experience how little times change, as they come across secrets from a not too distant past, and a local legend guarding them closely.
Since arriving in the town of Blackwater, Wes Cutter has been the embodiment of fear to the townsfolk, and a thorn in the side of the U.S. government. But was Wes born bad, or simply a product of the brutal times? Find out in this issue, which tells the origin of a violent man looking for peace.
If the good citizens of Blackwater thought they had it bad before, they're about to find out how good it was as the Federal Army takes real control of Blackwater. Without a sheriff, the town's at the mercy of the invaders — and they don't take prisoners.
Atticus continues to try his hand at bounty hunting, with some shocking results. As the Federals dig their heels into Blackwater, Ruth finds the hills around the town getting too crowded for comfort. Will her secret be exposed? And what of Wes?