Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw
72pp Sepia tones, includes an interview with the creator June 2005 | $12.95
By Don Hudson
Three women in the wild west forsake men and seek their fortune as outlaws. When their leader is shot by a vengeful marshal, the other girls become fugitives and must overcome their mistrust, prejudice and fears to survive! Action-packed with gorgeous art, this 7.2" x 10" OGN is printed in beautiful sepia tones. Design by Comicraft, cover color and tones by Steve Buccellato.
Quotes and Reviews
"Starts off playing on both Western and gender stereotypes, and then quickly turns it on its head. A genuinely entertaining tale and one heck of a Western." (4 out of 5 stars)
— Adam White, ComicCritique.com
"A different sort of western that knows how to have fun. Female outlaws — an orphan girl with no home and an Indian woman who refuses to live on a reservation — cut a swath through Texas in the late 1800s."
— Steven Grant
"A rollicking western by Forever Amber's Don Hudson; an artist who follows Neal Adams' footsteps with a little Ernie Colon back treading. The heroes and villains of the piece aren't quite so easily shelved in the white hat/black hat section of the general store. Normally shades of gray characters make me ill and only seem pretentious, but Hudson's view is historically accurate, and the characterization is so strong that you find yourself wanting more of the adventure."
— Ray Tate, SilverBulletComicBooks.com
"Terrific gunfight choreography."
— Randy Lander, TheFourthRail.com
"Moves, guts and raw emotion."
Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw — Character Descriptions
Outlaw Squaw (Anuteh Iron Bear)
The Indian wars have destroyed her community and what's left of her family has been sent to the reservation. She broke away believing that the way to survive in a white man's world is with money. Her decision to go outlaw as made her an outcast with her people and cost her the love of her husband, Iron Bear.
I didn't read the comic, but I skimmed it in the shop. I didn't buy it for the following reasons:
If, say, 5% of Western outlaws were women and 5% were Indians, the odds of any outlaw being an Indian woman would be 1 in 400. If only 1% of Western outlaws were women and 1% were Indians, the odds of any outlaw being an Indian woman would be 1 in 10,000. In short, this character doesn't seem very plausible.
My conclusion: The Outlaw Squaw appears to be a strong character who thinks and acts independently but has no connection to any real tribe or culture. For other Indians of this type, see the original appearances of Tonto, Turok, Wyatt Wingfoot, Thunderbird, et al.
Squaw: the s-word
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