Comic book cowboy is still in the saddleWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
You can’t keep a good cowboy down: Jonah Hex, DC Comics’ infamous bad-boy gunslinger, resurfaces with a double-barrel shotgun burst of Old West action. His big-budget theatrical movie didn’t exactly set the sagebrush on fire but the character, created in 1972, is still kickin’ like an angry mule in his original medium.
Paul Shiple, comic rustler at The Game Room, corrals his thoughts and brands them with his own unique take on the whole shootin’ match.
“Movie? What movie?” he spits out like a plug o’ tobacco. “Possibly the summer’s most disappointing release, ‘Jonah Hex’ received horrible reviews and a tepid box office take. Fortunately for fans of the character, the Jonah Hex comic is about as good as it gets. I find the title to be consistently the strongest mainstream book that DC publishes today.
“The format is key: Each issue is a 22-page, self-contained story with constantly inventive tales by series writers Justin Grey and Jimmy Palmiotti, with a rotating stable of some of the finest international artists working today. Top-rate stuff!”
If you saddle up and mosey on over to your local comic shop today, you’ll be able to lasso not only a copy of “Jonah Hex” No. 61 but also the latest trade paperback collection of the bounty hunter’s previous trailblazing, “Jonah Hex: Counting Corpses.”
Hex is a former Civil War soldier whose facial scarring ranks as some of the most unique in fiction. His world is populated by all the various kinds of scallywags you’d expect in the Old West and his problems tend toward the violent.
Issue No. 61 features a new character in Hex’s life: Mai Ling, a butt-kickin’ cutie who claims to be the cowboy’s wife. Yep, gonna be a hot time on the cold prairie tonight.