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Review Group Week 199 - JONAH HEX #50

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Postby ****** » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:52 am

Chubbles wrote:when did palmiotti and gray come onto the book?


They've been on the current series for the full run
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Chubbles

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Postby Chubbles » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:57 am

amlah6 wrote:They've been on the current series for the full run


ohok so i'll check it out, any particular arc better than the rest for me to try?
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:45 pm

Chubbles wrote:ohok so i'll check it out, any particular arc better than the rest for me to try?

it is all one & dones until you get to the origin arc, so no, not really. It is a really solid book that I am always entertained by, but doesn't just speak READ ME when it comes out (unless Cooke is doing the art).
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Postby GLX » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:50 pm

thefourthman wrote:it is all one & dones until you get to the origin arc, so no, not really. It is a really solid book that I am always entertained by, but doesn't just speak READ ME when it comes out (unless Cooke is doing the art).


What about the JH Williams III issue?
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:54 pm

The Luke Ross issues are also completely gorgeous.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:55 pm

GLX wrote:What about the JH Williams III issue?

well it's JH Williams so of course. If they could get either to be the regular artist, they'd have a top ten book.
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48THRiLLS

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:54 pm

Just finished this... as much as I loved it, damn was that a kick in the balls... review tomorrow-ish.
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Daringd

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Postby Daringd » Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:10 pm

My store sold out=Me pissed I really was looking forward to reading this.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:16 pm

Jonah Hex #50: Now this is how I like my comics. Great story, amazing art with colors and inks that both accent the piece, yet still stand on their own as an amazing piece of art.

And that's what this comic is, actually... art. A masterful tale of love, loss, and tragedy. I've yet to find anything that these writers do that I don't enjoy, and the fact that they have such a diverse range of books out, says a lot.

As for Mr. Cooke - the man is right up there near the top for me. Not since my first days gazing upon the work of George Perez in New Teen Titans have I really found myself mesmerized more with the art of a comic than I am the story.

Anything else I could say would just be fanboy gushing so I'll stop here. An absolute brilliant piece of work. BRILLIANT!!! Thank you for this read. I really need to buy this in trades now.

Story: 10
Art: 10
My Score: 10
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Mr_Batman

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Postby Mr_Batman » Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:33 pm

I love Cooke's art. I can't wait for this. But I am almost positive i can't go this week. So blah
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Postby Punchy » Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:08 am

Jonah Hex #50 - 'The Great Silence' - Gray, Palmiotti and Cooke

Story - I used to read Jonah Hex, but I dropped it. I initially picked up the series with a lot of excitement, I loved Westerns, and the Frank Quitely cover to #1 was absolutely brilliant, but the series itself... there was something missing, I felt that the 'done in one' nature of the issues meant that the endings of each story were too rushed, and hurt the series overall, I thought Palmiotti and Gray should have tried their hand at longer storylines. So I dropped it with #7, and never looked back.

Until I looked back, with #33, an issue which featured artwork by the incomparable Darwyn Cooke (more on him later). I enjoyed that issue a lot, but mostly for the art, and didn't carry on with the series beyond that. But now Cooke is back, for the big 5-0, and wow, hey, Graymiotti have really stepped up their game, this was a fantastic single issue (albeit over-sized) which packed a real punch, and added a new dimension to the usually character-less Hex.

For me, the issue started off oddly, Hex and his girlfriend, Tallulah kill a bunch of Varmints in a pretty exciting fight scene, they go back to a Saloon and fuck, and then Tallulah leaves. Just like that. I was kind of confused as to why, there was a disconnect, and I think Jonah felt it too, if only for a little while, because he's back, hired to kill 50 men (a clever thematic tie-in to the issue's number) for some reason, and he does so in some very witty and funny ways, the panel with Jonah pointing a Cannon at a man on the toilet is an all-time classic. So I thought this was going to be a fun Western romp with Jonah, an all-action issue. But boy, I was wrong.

We catch up with Tallulah and see why she left, she's Pregnant with Jonah's child, and has moved to a peaceful town in order to raise this child. Her story and Jonah's entertwine and come together in a way that shocked and hit me in a way I wasn't expecting from a Jonah Hex book. I don't want to spoil it, because it's a shocker. I just hope no religious readers get offended by how they are portrayed!

Luckily, we and Jonah get our vengeance, and it's particularly brutal, but unlike the other Westernish comic we've reviewed lately (Giant-Size Old Man Logan) this revenge isn't cathartic and enjoyable, it's empty, and Graymiotti and Cooke perfectly convey this.

I was really surprised by how good this issue was, my previous experience with Hex was that it was a decent, if somewhat inconsequential book which had a strict status quo, but this issue... it has changed my perception of the character, and makes me interested into where he's going in the future. Highly recommended.

Art - As my avatar will attest (for those reading the front page article, it's from The Hunter), I am a huge fan of Darwyn Cooke, ever since New Frontier, his style has just clicked with me, it's just what I want from comics. In this issue, he adjusts his style slightly to fit the Western milieu and it really works. In many wats, Jonah is simply a Cowboy version of the Parker character Cooke is currently working on, both are driven and taciturn, it's an interesing comparison to make. The art here is scratchier than his usual style, with more hatching, it's more Kubert, more Russ Heath. It's dusty and expressive, I can't think of anyone better in the industry right now, and it's amazing how well he can adjust his style. I hope he does more Hex, because I'd definitely be up for it. I also loved how he managed to tell the story when Graymiotti choose not to use words, that final page in particular, or when Jonah and the Sherriff are in a stand-off at the Jail.

Best Line - 'Fifty'

9/10
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:27 am

Comparing this thread to last week's... are we better off choosing books that most people hate? It causes more spirited discussion.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:34 am

Punchy wrote:Comparing this thread to last week's... are we better off choosing books that most people hate? It causes more spirited discussion.


I think we need it balanced like this. Sure last week was a hoot, but at the cost of my wallet. I love it when we hit a gem like this one.

BTW, great review and couldn't agree with you more on the artwork. The head Ghuru at my comic shop turned me on to Cooke when I first started going down there and I've been hooked on him ever since.
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Postby Punchy » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:36 am

starlord wrote:I think we need it balanced like this. Sure last week was a hoot, but at the cost of my wallet. I love it when we hit a gem like this one.

BTW, great review and couldn't agree with you more on the artwork. The head Ghuru at my comic shop turned me on to Cooke when I first started going down there and I've been hooked on him ever since.


His art makes even bad stories good, I mean, I found the writing on his Spirit run to be very average, but I still bought every issue because of the art.
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Postby thefourthman » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:48 am

Punchy wrote:His art makes even bad stories good, I mean, I found the writing on his Spirit run to be very average, but I still bought every issue because of the art.

You are such a weird cat. Cooke's Spirit was brilliant in every single facet. It was perfect Homage. It was also a complex story told through multiple single issues.

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