Friday, October 21, 2011

Review the DCnU: All-Star Western #1

Jonah Hex is one of those characters I have always had a soft spot for.  While I don't read many Western comics I have always liked Jonah Hex.  Seeing that Jonah Hex the famous bounty hunter's new book was going to be taking place in a old Gotham City is actually a really cool idea that I was looking forward to reading.

Jonah Hex and all characters
copyrighted by DC Comics
by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Moritat

Jonah Hex and all characters
copyrighted by DC Comics
Jonah Hex and all characters
copyrighted by DC Comics
The first thing that DC has done right with this book is by bringing in long time Jonah Hex writers Gray and Palmiotti on board.  The first issue of All-Star Western serves well as both an introduction to the character as well as some strong story telling.

While the first issues relies heavily on narration it doesn't take away or hinder the flow of the book like some others have had trouble with excessive narration in the new DCU.  The best part of the narration though is that its not Jonah Hex narrating his tale, no here its Amadeus Arkham.  His narration serves greatly here and delves into the psyche of Jonah Hex.

Jonah Hex and all characters
copyrighted by DC Comics
Jonah Hex and all characters
copyrighted by DC Comics
A team-up is not something you would normally expect out of a Jonah Hex book, but it works well here, especially considering the polar opposites that the two characters represent here. The clash of personalities between the two is what makes this first issue work so well here.

The artwork done by Moritat in this book is beyond impressive.  His spot on work really makes you feel like you are reading a book from a different era and the style works marvelous with the period of time that is being presented here. Moritat does nothing but add to the atmosphere of the book and helps to make it an even stronger issue.

Jonah Hex and all characters
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This book is great and if you haven't picked it up yet you are missing out.  Also seeing some of the different famous names of Gotham lore thrown out throughout the tale was a nice touch.  This is a book that you will not want to miss out on.

Jonah Hex and all characters
copyrighted by DC Comics
GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The storytelling as well as the artwork in the book was nicely done.  This is one of the better books to come out of the new DCU.  I can easily go on and on with the praise for this book, but I will just simply say this book is amazing and it deserves the A that I am giving it.

WILL IT SUCCEED: Western books are tough sells, but Jonah Hex is a popular character and this book is being done by the previous team.  I have no doubt that while the book may not post Justice League numbers, it is going to do well enough to continue on.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED:You simply can't say enough good things about this book.  The team did a great job of drawing you into the book and really making you feel like you were actually there and a part of the era that this book is taking place in.

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