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All Star Western Vol. 3: The Black Diamond Probability [Kindle Edition]

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"This book lives up to its All-Star name, for sure."--USA Today

"All Star Western packs plenty of plusses--starting, of course, with Moritat's gorgeous art."--Time Out Chicago

"Gritty, detailed, sensual, and brutal all at the same time...Perfect." --The Onion AV Club

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When the workers and patrons of Haley's Circus sample Dr. McKee's Cure All, they begin a painful transformation into psychotic killers and it is up to Jonah Hex and Dr. Arkham find the source.

This volume collects ALL STAR WESTERN issues 0, 13-18.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 114680 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (12 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GG4B2UQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Weirder Western Tales 2 May 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER
The stories from issues #13-16 of DC Comics' New 52 series All Star Western are collected, along with issue #0, as All-Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability TP (The New 52) (All Star Western Featuring Jonah Hex). This features the adventures of Jonah Hex in the Gotham City of the 1870s, where he is teamed up with Dr Amadeus Arkham, pioneer criminal psychologist, to investigate various crimes that have brought them together. This is another superb volume in this new series, which features excellent scripting and incredible (though stylised) artwork. Even the backup features - starring a revised Tomahawk in this collection - have excellent scripting and artwork. I am pleasantly surprised that DC are devoting such high-quality resources to what was once a fairly minor (if very popular) character and genre, and more so that the series is now up to volume five.

The main story sees Haly's Circus in town, and its travelling medicine show has a new formula for its products, courtesy of a certain Doctor Jekyll. Gotham is soon overrun with murderous clowns and hyped-up strongmen, who only a bullet through the head can stop. None of that namby-pamby we must not kill when Jonah Hex is in town and hired to find the formula for its original owner, who has sent a certain Mr Hyde to collect it. The Barbary Ghost is also in town, looking for her mother, who was travelling with the circus. It really is an All-Star Western this time out.

Issue #0 is the life story of Jonah Hex - which manages to keep in synch with most if not all of the original Michael Fleischer version, in spirit if not in actual narrative flow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong series 16 April 2014
By J. Hundley - Published on
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I really like this new, rebooted All Star Western series. Bringing Jonah Hex to 1870s-era Gotham was a great idea and as the series unfolds, they are keeping it interesting and entertaining. The Hex - Arkham pairing was great fun, and Hex as fish-out-of-water in the "big city" presents a lot a fodder for its continued success. I recommend you start with Vol. 1, if you are new to this, but if you have already enjoyed 1 & 2 and want to see about 3, then here you go: You'll want this one, too.

Docked 1/2 start for the absurdly silly-assed costumes all of the female characters are put into. I mean, jeez, really? Some of your readers are not slobbery little boys (or their overgrown counterparts).
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Star Western Keeps Getting Better 7 Nov. 2014
By Charlie Brooks - Published on
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All-Star Western continues to be one of the best books in the New 52 lineup with this volume. This time around, we get Jonah Hex taking on Mr. Hyde of Robert Louis Stevenson fame, and it works really well. We get some fascinating character scenes out of Hex as well, especially as we see his reaction to being temporarily crippled by Hyde.

This volume also gives us Jonah Hex's origin story, which stays pretty true to previous tellings of the tale. If you aren't familiar with Hex's past, though, this is a great one-issue recap that will give you new insight to the character.

My only objection here is that my new favorite character in this book, Tallulah Black, leaves about halfway through. But, alas, it's not her story. It's Hex's, and the tale that gets told about him is a great one.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jonah Hex Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 13 Nov. 2013
By Anarchy in the US - Published on
Since the beginning of the New 52, All Star Western has been a romp of a comic to read. It's got some good story telling, but the heart of the matter has always been the characterization of Jonah Hex and his cast as a fun, humorous, and action packed series. Going on to volume 3, thankfully, the series continues all of that, but loses a little something this time around.

ALL STAR WESTERN VOL.3: THE BLACK DIAMOND PROBABILITY collects issues issues #13 - 16, and #0 (Amazon has a wrong description. It does not collect issues #17 and #18). Jonah Hex and company are back in Gotham to round up a formula from Dr. Jekyll that's gotten lost and now it's being produced as medicine. Just so happens Haley's Circus is in town as well, and that same medicine is making its rounds and making people crazy. Hex is going to have to fight his out of this one, even if it means fighting the one being who wants the formula most: Mr. Hyde.

Volume 3 runs heavy on action and sly humor then the previous two volumes, which those two had plenty of to begin with. The story arc is very straight forward in what and how Hex and company want. Really there isn't a whole lot of plot this time around compared to the first volumes. An old character from one of the backup stories does play a prominent role this time around (assuming you read the backup stories from previous books). And playing with historical fiction, we get Jekyll being the good doctor who hates his curse, and his alter ego Hyde who wants to wreck chaos. But again, the characters are still fun to read and watch, especially issue #16 where we get a fairly deep character piece on the mind of Jonah Hex. And the #0 issue goes over all of Hex's origins and he's had one cutthroat lifestyle since his birth. You want to know why he's so tough, smart, and one heck of a dangerous man? This will show you. And for older fans, much of Hex's origins stay in tact pre-52 in Jonah Hex: Origins (All Star Western) (even much of the same panel shots are the same).

The back stories this time around is about Tomahawk, a vengeful American Indian who is fighting back the American's and British during the American Revolution. I thought this was okay, but it's still good, seeing as it fits perfectly with the Bronze Age of comics in writing and presentation.

The art continues with Moritat again doing a rough, sketchy, and gritty art style that matches the tone of the book. In this day and age of fill-in artist, Moritat hasn't missed an issue on art yet. If there is anything he does improve upon in this volume is the horror effect with Mr. Hyde. And the backup stories are drawn by Phil Winslade's art matches the Bronze Age style of art with great detail.

While I loved the first two volumes and enjoyed this third volume, I didn't quite enjoy this as much as I liked. I think because the overall story is very straight forward in itself. Nothing wrong with it, but I felt like it didn't do much in terms of character driven moments or twist and turns. And some parts of it felt like it sped along. Like Dr. Jekyll appears only once, then we don't see him again to understand his turmoil. And a certain character just walks away without much reasoning to believe, as well as an ending that just seems a little too nice and wrapped up. The whole arc felt like it was lacking something I can't quite pin-point. Or maybe I am tired of Hex staying in Gotham. This is the 1880's, so I do wish Hex explore that time period around the old DC Universe more. I would like to see him visit old west Metropolis, Coast City, Central City stuff like that.

Regard, ALL STAR WESTERN VOL.3: THE BLACK DIAMOND PROBABILITY is still an action packed series with great characters, humor, a deeper insight on Hex's complex personality, good art, and a pretty good #0 issue. But something about this arc felt lacking, either it be the sudden departure of a character, the lack of the story itself, over usage of action, the lack of Dr. Jekyll perspective, the ending, or that Hex is still in Gotham where I wish he explore more of the old west DCU. I'm giving this volume a 3 1/2 score out of 4 stars, but round up to 4 stars because I still enjoyed this book and this series. We'll see some game changing moments in the next volume that I'm sure things will pick up with another DC character pops in, All Star Western Vol. 4: Gold Standard (The New 52).
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4.0 out of 5 stars “All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability” Has Jonah Hex Battling a Wanna-Be Mr. Hyde 23 Jan. 2014
By ERSInk . com - Published on
I'm not going to lie. I originally picked up the relaunched adventures of Jonah Hex because of the cover of the first issue. The reluctant hero sitting on a horse next to a Gotham city limit sign reeled me in. Anything that takes place in the Dark Knight's gloomy hometown immediately is put on my must-read list. Hex is still keeping me interested in "All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability."

"All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability" starts off with the origin of Jonah Hex and how he came to acquire his trademark scar and bad attitude he's infamous for. Next, he goes up against a madman obsessed with tracking down the formula for Dr. Jekyll's potion. Can Hex stop him before he finds it and uses it for his own diabolical purposes?

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray should be given co-creator credits for Jonah Hex by this point. The two writers have spent more time with the scruffy ex-soldier-gone-gunslinger than the actual individuals who came up with the character back in 1972. They do a great job keeping the action coming and giving the reader an authentic western feel throughout. The fantasy element of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde mixes surprisingly well where you'd think it shouldn't.

Artist Moritat brings his unique illustrating talents to "All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability." He knows these characters almost as well as Palmiotti and Gray, having worked on all three collections of the ongoing monthly title. I didn't care for Moritat's style when I was first exposed to it in the pages of The Spirit, but have grown to truly appreciate it since.

We get the tale of Tomahawk as an added bonus to "All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability." Palmiotti and Gray pen the story of the heroic Indian warrior while artist Phil Winslade brings their words to vivid life. Some folks might get a little angry with the anti-American sentiments shared in the story, which makes readers re-think the history we're taught in school growing up.

Eight pages of extra material are included in "All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability." There are cover and character sketches provided by Moritat, Phil Winslade, and Ariel Olivetti. A pencil page from Tomahawk is featured as well.

"All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability" is rated T for "Teens." The book features violence, language, and some adult situations. If you're familiar with the monthly series, there's nothing here out of the ordinary.

Thanks to the familiar and fluid talents of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, "All Star Western Volume 3: The Black Diamond Probability" exudes an atmosphere that can be compared to a long-running television show you continue watching. You know the characters and what to expect from them. We just want to spend more time embarking on literary adventures with them.
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