Jonah Hex #50.
Everytime I read this book, I wonder just why it is I am not reading this book. Of course, it helps that the last time I read it was for this group and also had art by the incomparable Darwyn Cooke. The creative team here is just perfect. Seriously, this would be a contender for DC if the three always worked on it together.
I don't like the design on Black. It's a little too perfect to have her be literally scarred like Jonah. I would have much preferred she just have an eyepatch.
As perfect as I think the creative team is and as good as this comic is, the first half of it took me a long time to get through. However many months it is from the date of release to right now, as a matter of fact. Even reading it and having it all come together, something is just off about the first half of the book. The bounty in this issue seems to be unnecessary, in fact, I would have much rather it just been about the two and Jonah's life was non existent while it focused on Black and the baby.
What is so surprising about the book is its feel. It really makes me wish that there had been some convergence of stars so that Eastwood could have been directed by Ford in an adaptation of this, Western fans know what I am asking for there and this is what this book feels like by its end... the perfect Western no one ever made.
It's just so epic in scope. It is almost exhausting to attempt to read in one sitting, which is surprising given the lack of words not only in the beginning sequence, but through out the story. Gray and Palmiotti know that Cook is a far better story teller than they and they use that knowledge to their benefit. However, it is clear that this is their story and as such, it is still a superlative example of what the medium should strive towards, even in its imperfections, it is perfect.
Given the emotional fortitude of the plot and the strong yet reserved characterization given Hex, Black and the town's sheriff, it would almost seem absurd to ask the script for anymore, but Abigal is a truly disturbing character, like Lennie from Of Mice and Men but with some venomous evil lurking beneath the dim exterior.
Not a masterwork, the book is better for its slight flaw. A breath taking a magical journey by a team that should work together more often
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman