REVIEW: All Star Western
Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray find a new way to explain the origin of gunslinger Jonah Hex in "All Star Western" #0.
Full review here.
The review hit on some things I was thinking after reading this book. I still don't know if or how the things that happen in Jonah's life seem to affect him, but I don't care because this is one fun comic that I don't need to wait to see what happens, I just enjoy the next issue when it comes out.
Great White North
Having not read the previous stories — I only started reading Hex after Palmiotti and Gray took over — this was my first encounter with his origin. But I agree with the reviewer wholeheartedly: it's a good primer for the character without making judgments about his past and, more to the point, it's a fantastic teaser to the next issue as well by putting the origin issue into the story rather than just setting it in the past.
It's a fantastic first issue for new readers and will make a great start to the next trade.
But as someone who has bought the series from issue one, I can attest that this is also a great issue for underlining why Palmiotti and Gray receive such praise for the series: they truly understand the character, the setting, and how to write a solid comic in the Western genre month after month. May they never leave this book… I can't think of anyone in the industry who'd be better on this book.
This issue was mostly old hat because it is more or less a clip show of scenes from the Retribution storyline from the previous series. But it was still very well written, well drawn and enjoyable to read even though I've read the origin arc half a dozen times.