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All Star Western Vol. 1: Guns and Gotham (The New 52) Paperback – November 6, 2012
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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
About the Author
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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The last two stories, about some undead zombie killer and some chinese woman with fireworks (the ones that didn't include Jonah Hex) where a total and complete waste of good comic book pages that could have been used to tell more Hex stories.
But a great book, I suggest you pick it up.
Jonah has his own brand of justice and Jimmy Palmiotti knows how to write a good yarn. Lately there have been a lot of early history comics on Gotham involving Batman's ancestry and this book is no exception.
Loved the early Batcave, with cannibals and ancient Indians plus a prehistoric bat the size of a horse. The book is not really for kids, with villains and heroes taking bullets in a spray of red across the panels. Women shot, blood everywhere.
But Jonah gets his licks in too. Great scenes with guys dressed like the KKK riding in to make an example of Jonah, as Hex greets them with "Evenin', boys!".
Decent art by Moritat, but I've seen better.
The shorts are pretty entertaining, somewhat original. Also in the same time period we meet El Diablo. Interesting character, reminds me of Spectre (rising from a body he inhabits and gets vengeance), and the Chinese gangs of "The Barbary Ghost" get their comeuppance in a story written by Palmiotti and excellently drawn by Phil Winslade.
Acceptable western entertainment, some blood and mean justice. Great to see DC Comics is not just into superhero comics anymore. Can't wait for Volume 2!
For all you Batman fans that haven't heard, the story takes place in Gotham City. It feels more like a Sherlock Holmes story than a Western at times as it's a mystery story.
Problems with the book? DC seriously needs to hire a historical consultant, particularly one familiar with Chinese culture and history. The book depicts the Tiandihui as gangsters who migrated to the US? Ridiculous. Don't get me started on how inaccurate General August in Iron (from Justice League International) as a Chinese character.