Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta take one last trip “East of West” with December’s issue #45

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta take one last trip “East of West” with December’s issue #45

There’s a lot to be said about comic creators ending a book on their own terms. Robert Kirkman (surprisingly) did it earlier this year with The Walking Dead, and now Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta will follow suit with their acclaimed East of West.

Shipping this December, the series will come to an end with its 45th issue, which will be extra-sized and will wrap up the story precisely how Hickman and Dragotta intend.

And given that it’s an apocalyptic science-fiction western, I’m sure it will be absolutely bonkers insane too. Check out the details below.

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JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK DRAGOTTA’S LONG-RUNNING SCI-FI WESTERN EAST OF WEST TO END WITH THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN

Issue #45 will be the final issue in the series and will land on shelves this December 2019 from Image Comics

PORTLAND, Ore. 10/28/2019 — The long-running, science fiction/western crossover series East of West by Jonathan Hickman (House of X, Powers of X) and artist Nick Dragotta (Howtoons, Fantastic Four) will come to a show-stopping end with the final issue of the series, East of West #45, set to land in stores this December from Image Comics.

“In this business, it isn’t often that you get to end a project exactly the way you want to, and I think that’s what makes this one so special,” said Hickman. “We started East of West with a story we wanted to tell and we’ve had the incredible honor of having a bunch of fans make that story a reality. So, enjoy it. God knows we have."

The beloved dystopian series first launched as a monthly series from Image in March 2013 and explores a dystopian America, divided into seven nations, wherein the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are cast as heroes.

Dragotta added: “It all goes down in East of West #45, an extra-length, action-packed issue that has been one of my favorites to draw. Creatively with Jonathan, Frank, and Rus, East of West has been an incredible ride, and none of it would have been possible without you—the readers—and Image Comics. We did it, 45 issues... thank you and enjoy the end times.”

In East of West #45, the epic world-building, political intrigue, and character drama wrap up into a final showdown that will shock fans.

The East of West series will be collected into ten trade paperbacks and three deluxe hardcover editions total. East of West, Vol. 1-9 trade paperbacks are available now and East of West: Year One and East of West: Year Two deluxe hardcovers are available now.

East of West #45 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on December 25.

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