Jonah Hex Volume 1 (Showcase Presents) Paperback – 2 Apr 2008
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An unusual treat from DCs past - well recommended.
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Hex was a bounty hunter. His stories weren't the John Wayne All American type of Western. He was an anti hero hero. You can see many old western style stories stolen and adapted within the Hex collection, from such Westerns like The Man who Shot Liberty Vallence, Shane, the Shootist, Sante Fe, The Searchers and Red River
Also in this collection towards the end of the book is the back up tales of Outlaw, DC Comics's jesse James style book. Some with great art from Gil Kane, showcasing his artistic skills.
This volume only touches the Hex comics history, with any hope there will be a volume two and three and so on. One can hope that DC is smart enough to also release a further volume of Western Characters like Scalphunter, El Diablo and of course the loveable rogue Bat Lash in a separate collection
It nice that DC Comics started to release its older comics and unique series in a black and white format similar to Marvel Essentals
Its a great collection for anyone who like the Hex Legend
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
Jonah Hex is a bounty hunter in the post-Civil War West. Although he fought with the Confederates, he soon became disillusioned with their cause; he wasn't much happier with the North, however. Along the way, in a way that's left unsaid (at least in this volume), he was hideously disfigured and rather embittered at the same time. A great gunfighter (in fact, deadly with almost any weapon), he sullenly wanders from town to town, seemingly with no interest other than money.
What makes Hex such a wonderful character is that he has more depth than he lets on. As mercenary as he often acts, he actually has a moral code. His callous attitude is really more of an emotional wall that keeps some obvious pain hidden. He knows that he will never have a normal life and sometimes that bitterness seeps through.
Of course, it also helps that the stories are almost all well-written. Hex may be almost unbeatable as a gunfighter, but he is often manipulated into bad situations. Typically, at the end of a Hex story, there are few people left alive, and most of the dead deserve to be (at least in Hex's mind).
The only negative to this book is that it is not all Hex. The last fifth of the book features other characters in stories that are best forgotten. Maybe in another context, these stories may be passable, but after the excellent Jonah Hex tales, they are a major letdown. Nonetheless, I am giving this book a full five stars because most of the Hex stories are that caliber. Even if you're not a fan of western comics (as I am not), this is still one collection worth reading.