Jonah Hex #69
At the beginning of the second chapter of this comic, there is a panel of the rag tag band formed in the first chapter riding out to do their task. That panel is everything I love about Lemiere, there is more emotion and story telling in that simple, otherwise banal, almost clichéd shot, then most comics on the shelves. He is evoking the western mythos and creating a scene, a unique hue even to his own vision through the art, it is breath taking in its scope and minimalist in its execution.
The choices the guy makes are unbelievable. Most artists obscure the scarred side of Hex’s face, the old what you imagine it to be like is worse than reality angle. Here, Lemiere obscures the good side of the face calling attention to the grotesque part of the bounty hunter’s countenance. As a result, you get inside the characters heads. You realize that a sane person would either avoid his face altogether or stare at it. Gaping at the reality that is Hex’s face.
The story is awesome. I don’t know, maybe you can have too much of a good thing or a solid thing and that is why I don’t follow the book on a regular basis, but the occasional issue with the superstar artist is always a surprise.
Here we have a Boy Named Sue through a filter of Sterling and Leone. The interesting thing is using Hex to get past the bluff of the old man’s exterior to break him down and apologize not only for what he did to others, but to himself, it is an interesting character study handled deftly.
As good as the script is here, the real star and the obvious talent is the artist. He is a real artist working among ad print guys. My biggest fear is that we will lose him to “real art” like Jean. As a result, I will cherish every moment we get with him and secretly wish for more.
Story - 4
Art - 5
Overall - 9