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Jonah Hex: No Way Back (All Star Western) Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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Judging from DC Comics' synopsis of this book, I was expecting a full re-telling of Hex's origin, but that is not the case, here, which is GOOD, because this writing team already told that story (in the "Origins" trade). This one does dive into his past a bit more, but instead of focusing on his abusive father as much, his dying mother is the focus, along with Hex learning for the first time that he has a half brother. It's interesting to see Hex through his brother's eyes, who shares Hex's blood, but is on a completely different path as a preacher.
The book is good, and any recent Hex fan, like myself, will enjoy the story, for sure. However, the art is not for everyone. DeZuniga is Jonah Hex's co-creator and original artist, but I was never a fan of his work, personally. It's too "sketchy" for my taste. Some of his closeups are fantastic, though. So he's quite talented, but for the most part, I'm not a fan. Check out DC Comics' June 3rd post on their blog, The Source for a preview.
Bottom Line: Although I'm not crazy about the art, the writing is still great, and if you're a fan, you should have this in your collection.
That brings us to No Way Back. Continuing Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti's run on our anti-hero, they have given readers a back story that is very compelling (and dark too). We have all wondered why Jonah is why he is, now we know. An abusive father, and an abandonment by his mother, will create a certain bitterness in anyone. Add the tomahawk to his face, and the process is complete.
They say that our eyes mirror our souls, and our demeanor reveals our inner `sense'. Jonah Hex is clearly a troubled man. His brother, Joshua Dazzleby, raised by his mother AFTER her abandonment of Jonah, has turned to the Lord for comfort. Both preacher and lawman, he rules Heavens' Gate with grace and strength. Jonah, while bringing the body of his mother for burial, unsettles the town yet prepared them for El Papagayo and his revenge against Jonah Hex's father. This time, the sins of the father are revisited upon the children and those around them. How will Jonah prepare the citizens of peaceful Heaven's Gate for the murderers? Is Hex blood thicker than water?
Firstly, I am pleased to finally learn who Jonah is , and how he became this way. Secondly, the art of Mr DeZuniga (for 140 pages) is awesome! Storywise, Gray and Palmiotti are consistant, yet portray a Hex that Mr Fleischer was unable to in his day. Our version of Hex is that of a man ruled by passions, temptations, and bounties. This is a violent book. This is a disturbing book in many ways.Read more ›
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I have been an enthusiastic fan of the DC comic book character Jonah Hex for several years. I love western theme books, movies and graphic novels. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Joseph J. Truncale
I truly enjoyed the original Jonah Hex stories collected in that massive trade paperback a few years back.
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One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. Jonah Hex comes to life, guns blazing and all. Excellent. A good read.Published on April 1, 2013 by Henri Cheramie
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