As the Lone Ranger rides into Ute territory seeking help for his dying companion we see more of Tonto‘s past including the slaughter of tribe including his wife and child and the first steps on a journey that would lead him to abandon the life he knew and eventually ride alongside the Lone Ranger.
I’m not going to lie, this issue (even with the massacre) feels a little like filler as writer Ande Parks takes his time showcasing Tonto’s happy life before the massacre (which will no doubt be in drastic contrast to the Tonto we see in next issue).
Fans who have always wanted to see more Tonto are certainly getting their wish as the Ranger and Tonto’s current condition are barely mentioned in favor of more panels about the Indian’s past. But by next issue I’d expect to see more of the current storyline woven in involving more on the severity of Tonto’s injuries (otherwise why not simply release the story as a Tonto mini-series and forget the need to make it fit inside the ongoing title?). For fans.