- Series: The Sixth Gun (Book 5)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Oni Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781620100776
- ISBN-13: 978-1620100776
- ASIN: 1620100770
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sixth Gun Vol. 5: Winter Wolves Paperback – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
CULLEN BUNN is the writer of comic books such THE SIXTH GUN, SHADOW ROADS, THE DAMNED, HELHEIM, and THE TOOTH for Oni Press. He has also written titles including HARROW COUNTY (Dark Horse), UNCANNY X-MEN, and DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY (Marvel). Cullen claims to have worked as an Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Pro Wrestling Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler. He has fought for his life against mountain lions and performed on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he'll tell you all about it. His website is www.cullenbunn.com. Twitter: @cullenbunn
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I’ll just come right out and say it: filler. That’s what Book 5: Winter Wolves reads like. The Sixth Gun’s story is excellent - six enchanted guns which, when united, allows the wielder, good or bad, to remake the world their way - and I love the colourful cast of rogues, bandits, witches, golems and mummies against the romantic frontier days of the wild west. But the story of Becky and co’s mission to defeat the widow Hume is put on hold for this book while the two putter around Narnia slowly figuring out how to defeat the Wendigo, and Gord and the others run in circles.
It’s still written well by Cullen Bunn and there are flashes of brilliance like when we find out about Drake’s past and his last encounter with a Wendigo, and Brian Hurtt’s artwork is as gorgeous as ever, but for me the book didn’t come to life until the final chapter when Becky takes the fight to Missy Hume single-handedly.
The Winter Wolves storyline isn’t bad but I’d have preferred it to be a done-in-one or two story rather than pad out an entire book - the story doesn’t hit the high gears until the final few pages with the reveal of some new characters and an exciting new direction for the next book. I’m looking forward to the sixth book but the fifth one felt like a bit of a wash - the first time the series has been less than brilliant!
Volume 5, "Winter Wolves," is the fifth story arc in the main series, and is a bit slower in pace than the earlier volumes, as is the 6th (not yet collected at the time of this review) arc "Ghost Dance." Within the framework of the larger narrative, this feels to be that middle section where things stop being "fun," where the long-reaching consequences of the characters' action or inaction start to become known, and the likely impossibility of the tasks before them starts to become manifest. This is Luke in Dagobah, Frodo in the swamps, etc. The structural necessity of the ritarded pace is, luckily, balanced by that aformentioned cleverness on the part of Bunn, Hurtt, and Crabtree. The villain that Drake and Becky have to face is a wonderful riff on a traditional western baddie, and the means by which it protects itself from the protagonists is arresting. And the sequences with the unlikely duo of rogueish lothario Kirby Smith and increasingly grumpy nine-foot-tall mystery mummy Asher Cobb showcase that the comic's creators can find the fun and wit in even the darkest situations. The duo's chase scene also features some of the loveliest and unlikeliest coloring one could expect from a book set in the Wild West.
There are a couple story lines in this volume. In one of them, two people, Drake Sinclair and Becky Montcrief, find themselves in possession of 5 of the 6 guns. This makes them a highly sought after target. They find themselves trapped in an alternate world that is frozen. They are trapped by a wendigo that wants to make a trade.
In another story, 2 men and a mummy are being chased by agents of a group called the Sword of Abraham, who want to acquire the guns for their own means. There is a mad chase and an interesting culmination to that story line.
I found the story engaging, but it has lots of flashbacks, so it doesn't move the story forward as much as some might like. I love the combination of western and supernatural. Cullen Bunn's story is tight and full of surprises. Brian Hurtt's illustrations are crisp and scary. I loved the art and look forward to more volumes of this story.
I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this graphic novel.