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Praise for Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti's Jonah Hex:

"A book that anybody who loves Westerns should be reading.... Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti have crafted Hex into a character who stacks up with any played by John Wayne or Clint Eastwood."—Philadelphia Daily News

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Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi-award winning, multifaceted comic creator. He is a co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights as well as Paperfilms. Palmiotti entered the field as an inker, but at DC he quickly demonstrated his versatility as a writer, authoring such titles as MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE as well as Painkiller Jane, which was developed into a series for Syfy. In addition to being the co-writer of acclaimed series such as MANHUNTER, UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS and JONAH HEX, Palmiotti has since further broadened his comic vision beyond the printed page, co-scripting the story behind the successful Midway video game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

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Product Details

  • Series: All Star Western
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237097
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on November 6, 2012
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I will admit right now I never read a solo Jonah Hex comic before the DC New 52. I knew of Jonah Hex for years, but never read his solo adventures. I love spaghetti Westerns and badass cowboys like Clint Eastwood, so with the New 52, I wanted to try out him out. That and my father have wanted to read about him for some time now. And after picking up issue #1, I will say this: I'm officially a fan of Jonah Hex.

ALL-STAR WESTERN VOL.1: GUNS AND GOTHAM collects issues #1-6 and takes place in the 1880's. We see Jonah Hex being called into Gotham by Doctor Amadeus Arkham to help with the investigation of a series of murders from the Gotham Butcher. But after a personal friend of Hex's is found dead, both characters unravel a powerful society within Gotham called the Religion of Crime. This leads to a series to understand the organization and it's foothold on Gotham.

I knew before the New 52, writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti received critical acclaim for revitalizing the character back in 2005 and going on to write 6 years worth of stories. Each one being one-in-done tales. But Gray and Palmiotti write an actual narrative of stories tied together that works out really good, as well as taking place away from most the continuity of the DC Universe. So this way, you do not get bogged down by continuity, as well as being an old reader to understand anything. You can be just like me and start this out a new reader.

Jonah Hex represents the Clint Eastwood Man with No Name type, who is a tough as-nails badass anti-hero of sorts, who teams up with his polar opposite Amadeus Arkham being a educated doctor, but is the cowardly comedic relief.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Brooks on January 10, 2014
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All-Star Western has the benefit of being relatively separate from the rest of the rebooted DC Universe, which gives the creators a lot of freedom to work with. It also has the benefit of featuring Jonah Hex, who is one of the better nontraditional DC characters. In this volume, the story kicks off by moving Jonah out of his traditional old west environment and to 19th century Gotham City.

Despite the book's title, the adventures here are not traditional westerns. They are closer to horror stories with Jonah's down-to-earth, simplistic, and brutal views guiding him through bizarre troubles. He is teamed with Amadeus Arkham, which makes for a very entertaining story as Arkham tries repeatedly to psychoanalyze Jonah, only to meet with failure every time.

This volume takes a little bit to get going, as it needs to establish the characters. It comes with some backup stories that are only tangentially connected to Jonah's adventures but which help to flesh out the setting as a whole. Overall, this is a good comic, and by the end of it you'll be looking forward to volume two.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roy Cowing on November 7, 2012
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I always liked the idea of the Jonah Hex character, (Man w no Name and Outlaw Josey Wales, gunfighter type) but never clicked with a particular series until the Truman/Lansdale Riders of the Worm story Jonah Hex Riders of the Worm and Such (1995) #2 (Now out of print and will probably never be printed due to a lawsuit w Johnny Winters). Wow did I love it. When Palmiotti and Gray revived the character, I was psyched. Great books, consistent kick ass western stories every issue. Great Art, top notch stories of the man that was just too mean to die. Then it ended. I was terrified that the new 52 launch would wreck it. I am now glad to say, this new series is just as good. Thank you Jimmy and Justin, moritat and ladronn. You have restored and retained my love of the HEX.
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If you like action packed western movies, books, graphic novels and stories, this "All Star Western" Volume 1 is a winner. The first and longest story "Guns and Gotham" has my favorite bounty hunter, Jonah Hex, who we all know likes to work alone; however, winds up working with Amadeus Arkham, an intellectual criminal psychologist. The contrast in styles really makes this story a great read. The hard boiled and ruthless bounty hunter going about his business of knocking off the bad guys, as professor Arkham attempts to explain intellectually what is going on in the mind of the criminals as well as Jonah's personality is very amusing.

As the professor evaluates the criminal situation in an academic pseudo-intellectual way like many college professors do, Jonah Hex is doing what he does best, killing the bad guys. It is like watching someone who is dealing with the reality of evil and violence and someone who is giving a lecture on crime and criminals in a college class, but has never actually had any real life experience on the street dealing with criminals. Nevertheless, the professor becomes the student as Jonah shows him how criminals should be treated. The story takes place in early Gotham City, which later becomes Batman's home town.

There are also two other short stories one starring Barbary Ghost, who is a mistress of vengeance hunting down the thugs who killed her family, and a whip swinging El Diablo, who resembles Zorro, knocking off zombies.

In conclusion, this is one of the best graphic westerns I have ever read. The story and characters come to life with the great illustrations and writers. If you are into graphic action stories, you should check out this volume. I hope they have more in the works. A great read.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
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