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[Jonah Hex: Origins] – (Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Jordi Bernet, Phil Noto, Val Semieks)
January 7, 2011, 7:49 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jonah Hex, Jordi Bernet, Justin Gray, Phil Noto, Val Semieks

“Origins” collects issues #13 to #18 of the DC western series starring the disfigured bounty hunter Jonah Hex.  There are 3 main arcs collected in this TPB and they are all written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray:

  • “Retribution” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • “The Ballad of Tallulah Black” with art by Phil Noto
  • “I Walk Alone” with art by  Val Semieks

The “Origins” in the title of this TPB references the story “Retribution” which gives a back story as to how Jonah hex became like he is. The artwork starts off very simplistic but seems to improve significantly as the story progresses. I am not sure if this is deliberate or that Jordi Bernet just became more comfortable with drawing Hex.

The second arc “”The Ballad of Tallulah Black”  is a great story featuring a woman who has been badly wronged and seeks out Jonah to help her get her revenge.  The art features the unique style and color pallete of Phil Noto which although quite simplistic still packs a visual punch. I am beginning to warm to Noto’s style of art but it still looks slightly out of place in Hex.

The final story is a gem on two accounts. Firstly the story is well crafted and packs a real shocker of a conclusion  and secondly it features the excellent art work of Val Semeiks who is my favorite Jonah Hex artist so far.   This story rounds off nicely the third Jonah Hex collected edition  which is a series that is showing no signs of losing its mojo.

Jonah Hex origins is strongly recommended for fans of the series and fans of the western genre. [ISBN-13: 978-1401214906] . 8/10

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