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Farewell to Jonah Hex/All-Star Western (Spoilers)

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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:47 pm

And so this long adventure that Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have taken us on has finally come to an end. Of the two series that these two gentlemen wrote in their run, I think I preferred Jonah Hex. I had some problems with All-Star Western and I don't think it was as strong a series as Jonah Hex. Having said that, I still very much enjoyed reading that series as well.

as for this issue, first, a spoiler space:



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Wow, what a way to end this series.

I wasn't sure about taking away Hex's scars, but now that I see where Palmiotti and Gray were going with it I have no problem with what they have done. Changing things so that the long known stuffed and displayed body of Jonah Hex was the body of an imposter who was claiming to be Jonah Hex when he was killed by the real Hex is a retcon, but a good retcon. It plays very nicely into a lot of Old West legends about famous outlaws faking their deaths.

I loved the final page with Hex and Tallulah Black sailing off into the sunset. I wonder if he ever became a pirate like he was saying he would.
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Pink_Orchid

The Virgin Connie Swail

Postby Pink_Orchid » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:36 pm

I always figured the stuffed guy in a museum bit would be quietly forgotten. So creepy.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:56 pm

I have been a vocal Jonah Hex fan ever since the Gray/Palmiotti #1 back in late 2005. It has always been a top of the stack book and it was a rare thing if an issue was a clunker.

Jonah Hex for almost the first 70 issues were one and done stories. How refreshing that was in a world where everything has to be some multi-part epic (the one true multi-parter they did do "The Six Gun War" was incredible) . From the introduction of Tallulah Black to the occasional team up with El Dialblo or Bat Lash, to the mandatory reading of #50's Tallulah heart-wrenching tale, to #69 father/son reunion that was years in the making.

Then came the New 52 and All-Star Western. Continuous story-telling begins as Palmiotti/Gray take Jonah to Gotham (a great move). New sidekicks are found and lost (like Amadeus Arkham who I'd read if he had a spin-off book. And speaking of lost, Jonah himself gets time displaced to the modern day. Debate raged that he was staying there too long (or not long enough) but when he returned it was time to wrap up the series, and as Stephen mentioned above, it was an excellent finish.

Many great artist have worked on the series, but Jordi Bennet and Moritat get a special call-out not just for the number of issues they did but for the impeccable artistic work performed within.

This was such an under-rated series. I'll miss it. Thanks Jimmy & Justin!

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The Shadow

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby The Shadow » Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:48 pm

Were the sales bad or was it just the end of the story?
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Draco x

Fagorstorm

Postby Draco x » Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:38 pm

Those are some nice covers here.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:36 am

The Shadow wrote:Were the sales bad or was it just the end of the story?

Sales weren't great, there were other titles that could have gone before this.

The story didn't have to end - I'm guessing that after 8 years Jimmy & Justin (who iirc, never missed a monthly deadline) were ready, combined with the less than great sales, it was just time to say goodbye.

Kudus to DC for producing a Western comic in the 21st Century for as long as they did. Non-Spandex characters are few in number nowadays, especially ones with thier own titles.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:57 pm

Amoebas wrote:I have been a vocal Jonah Hex fan ever since the Gray/Palmiotti #1 back in late 2005. It has always been a top of the stack book and it was a rare thing if an issue was a clunker.

Jonah Hex for almost the first 70 issues were one and done stories. How refreshing that was in a world where everything has to be some multi-part epic (the one true multi-parter they did do "The Six Gun War" was incredible) . From the introduction of Tallulah Black to the occasional team up with El Dialblo or Bat Lash, to the mandatory reading of #50's Tallulah heart-wrenching tale, to #69 father/son reunion that was years in the making.

Then came the New 52 and All-Star Western. Continuous story-telling begins as Palmiotti/Gray take Jonah to Gotham (a great move). New sidekicks are found and lost (like Amadeus Arkham who I'd read if he had a spin-off book. And speaking of lost, Jonah himself gets time displaced to the modern day. Debate raged that he was staying there too long (or not long enough) but when he returned it was time to wrap up the series, and as Stephen mentioned above, it was an excellent finish.

Many great artist have worked on the series, but Jordi Bennet and Moritat get a special call-out not just for the number of issues they did but for the impeccable artistic work performed within.

This was such an under-rated series. I'll miss it. Thanks Jimmy & Justin!



Great post. I bolded your statement on Hex's reunion with his father due to the fact that I think that may have been the best issue that Palmiotti and Gray wrote during their run.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:21 pm

I'd put issue #50 over #69 (but not by much).

andresjsalazar

Whippersnapper

Postby andresjsalazar » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:23 pm

Seriously one of my favorite books. One of my inspirations for my own book, Pariah Missouri.

I love Jonah.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:28 pm

Amoebas wrote:I'd put issue #50 over #69 (but not by much).


Issue #50 is a close second for me, but not by much. For me #69 perfectly encapsulates Jonah Hex. I'd say that if somebody wants to understand the kind of character Hex is, their start would be that issue. Every aspect of Hex's character is on display in that issue, both the good and the bad.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:09 pm

The irregular Darwyn Cooke issues were always amazing and I also really dug the Jeff Lemire and JH Williams III issues, but overall I found this book to be too hit and miss.

I do like that it existed though, and that DC found room for a non-superhero title in their ranks.

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