Daily Archives: October 1, 2011

A New 52 Review: All Star Western #1

All Star Western #1
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist/Cover artist: Moritat
Colors: Gabriel Bautista
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

The script for this first issue suggests one of the underlying conflicts is Jonah Hex’s effort to adjust to a different setting, taking from the open spaces of the Wild West and sticking him in an urban setting that’s practically alien to him. But let’s face facts: the reason DC has plunked Hex in Gotham City is an effort to sell more comics. The publisher’s hoping familiar names such as Arkham and Cobblepot will lure in super-hero genre fans. I don’t know if that’ll achieve its goal, but what should is a fun Victorian crime story and absolutely stunning artwork. The influences that shaped Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray’s story are far from subtle, and the obvious nature of those inspirations actually took me out of the story at times. Nevertheless, there’s enough of what made Palmiotti and Gray’s Jonah Hex fun to please its fans, and the art alone should be more than enough to grab a hold of new readers (and never let go).

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