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[Jonah Hex – Bullets Dont Lie] – (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paulo Siqueira, Jordi Bernet, Darwin Cooke, Mark Sparacio, J.H. Williams III, Rafa Garres)

“Bullets Dont Lie” is the 6th Jonah Hex TPB  and it collects Jonah Hex #31-#36. The book contains:

  • #31 “The Red Mask” with art by Paulo Siqueira.
  • #32 “The Matador” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #33 “The Hunting Trip” with art by Darwin Cooke.
  • #34 “Outrunning Shadows” with art by Mark Sparacio.
  • #35 “A Crude Offer” with art by J.H. Williams III
  • #36 “Seven Graves Six Feet Deep” with art by Rafa Garres.
This is another solid collection and worth shelf space in any Jonah Hex collection.  I really enjoyed the first 4 stories and 5th was also pretty good  but  the 6th (seven Graves Six Feet Deep)  where Hex’s confederate uniform is explained  didn’t really capture my imagination.  It suffered from “Rafa Garres” artwork and panel layout which is very nice to look at but really hard work to follow and a contrived plot that seemed to have the authors battling with political correctness. It really didn’t work for me.
“Red mask” and “The matador” were both classic Jonah Hex style stories with great art and an easy to follow pulp western sytle.  “The Hunting Trip” at first seemed out of character with the normal Hex stuff as it was set in the frozen north complete with Darwin Cookes unique art style.  This story was really something a bit different but no less enjoyable for it.  Mark Sparacio’s artwork in “Outrunning Shadows” was a huge contrast to Darwin’s and it verged almost on the photo realistic. This  was  another story that puts Hex out of his usual environment and it worked well.  I was uncomfortable with some of J.H. Williams panel layouts in “A Crude Offer” and it prevented me from truly engaging with the story. It was also a story that was a little light on Dialogue. This was by no means a bad Jonah Hex story but not one of my favorites.
If you like the first 5 Jonah Hex TPB’s there is no reason why you should enjoy this one. ISBN-13: 978-1401221577. 8/10
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[Time Bomb] – (Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy)
August 24, 2011, 11:38 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy

Many radical books read like movie adaptations and “Time Bomb” is no exception.  As I read it I could really imagine this book being up there on the silver screen.  The book has an interesting plot about a Nazi super weapon being uncovered in present day (or perhaps near future) Berlin. When activated the weapon starts to wipe out the entire human race and humanities last hope is a team of special agents who are sent back in time to WW2 Germany  to prevent the catastrophe.

The book was well paced and easy to read with just enough twists, turns and betrayals to hold my attention.  The artwork was excellent throughout and it captured Hitler’s Germany and the advanced Nazi tech really well.  Gulacy’s artwork has a pleasing comic book style, unlike some of the photo realistic stuff you sometimes find in Radical publications, and the book was better for it.  Special mention must also go to the color pallette which suited the story well and added a lot of atmosphere.

“Time Bomb” is a well drawn Radical action book with a great central idea and at 168 glossy pages it represents great value for money. If you enjoy Radical’s movie like stories and presentation you should also enjoy this book. [ISBN-13: 978-1935417408]. 8/10



[Jonah Hex – Luck Runs Out] – (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Russ Heath, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Jordi Bernet, John Higgins, Rafa Garres)

“Luck Runs Out” is the 5th Jonah Hex TPB  and it collects Jonah Hex #25 to #30. The book contains:

  • #25 “My Name is Nobody” with art by Russ Heath
  • #26 “Four Little Pigs : A Grindhouse Western” with art by Guiseppe Camuncoli
  • #27 “Starman” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #28 “Town Killer” with art by John Higgins
  • #29 “Return to Devils Paw” with art by “Rafa Garres”
  • #30 “Luck Runs Out” with art by Jordi Bernet

“Luck Runs Out” is a tremendous Jonah Hex collection. All 6 stories are of a really high standard and they are inventive too.   My favorite story in the collection is “Starman” which really captures the spirit of Jonah Hex and my least favorite was the “Return to Devils Paw”. Although “Return to Devils Paw” was a good tale that follows on from the excellent original story I found the artwork made it quite difficult to read. Special mention must go to the four little pigs story that crossed over into the grind-house horror genre to great effect (not for the squeamish).

This book cemented Jordi Bernet as my favorite Hex artist. I love his character drawings and his story telling is absolutely spot on. His early work was a bit simplistic but his artwork in this collected edition is really good and shows that he just keeps getting better and better.

Rafa Garres artwork is fantastic to look at but the layouts made it quite hard to follow and to tell what was going on. His art in the “Return To Devils Paw” was absolutely gorgeous to look at a bit of a challenge to read.

John Higgins and Russ Heaths artwork were good and were quite similar in style but Higgins artwork had a more realistic look to it.  Out of the two I would say that Heaths more comic style was more pleasing to my eye.

Guiseppe Camuncoli’s  Panel layouts and content seemed more suited to a Top Cow style glossy comic than the usual Hex fare but they certainly packed a visual punch. I really enjoyed the artwork in this story and it ranks up amongst the best in the Hex tales.

This is one of the best out of the first 4 TPB’s and a recommended buy for any Jonah Hex fans. ISBN-13: 978-1401219604. 8/10



[Jonah Hex – Only The Good Die Young] – (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Noto, Jordi Bernet, David Michael Beck)

Jonah Hex – “Only the Good Die Young” is the 4th TPB in the Jonah Hex series and it collects issues #19 to 24. It includes the following stories:

  • #19 “Texas Money” with art by Phil Noto.
  • #20 “Unfinished Business”  with art by Phil Noto.
  • #21 “Devil’s Paw” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #22 “The Current War” with art by Phil Noto.
  • #23 “Who Lives and Who Dies” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #24 “All Hallows Eve”  with art by David Michael Beck.

“Texas Money” and “Unfinished Business” cover one story arc and form a pretty average Hex story. I found Phil Noto’s art to be very inconsistent and I didnt warm to it at all. I really don’t like how he draws Hex either.

“The Devils Paw” featured Jordi Bernetts excellent art style that In my opinion  fits Jonah Hex perfectly. It was a classic Hex story of revenge that has a very satisfying conclusion.

“The Current War” was an unusual Hex tale with a bit of a steam punk feel to it. Hex meets up with Thomas Eddison and the story explores Eddisons reputation for stealing other peoples ideas. Although it wasn’t a bad read I found the whole thing a bit unsatisfying.  Noto’s art did nothing to add to the story.

“Who Lives and Who Dies” was the highlight of this collection for me with a really good story told through the eyes of a schoolteacher and blessed with excellent art by Jordi Bernet.  I enjoyed how this story explored moral dilemmas and the end of the Native Americans without any misplaced sentiment.

“All Hallows Eve” featured impressive almost photo realistic art by David Beck.  It was a bit of Horror Genre departure for Hex and I imagine this issue was released around October 31st . I really enjoyed this story and it was my second favorite story in this book.

“Only the Good Die Young” is a nice addition to the ongoing Hex series but with a slightly weaker overall impression than the previous three volumes.  This book should still appeal to Hex fans and it took me a while to find it. ISBN-13: 978-1401216894. 7/10



[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



[Jonah Hex : Guns of Vengeance] – (Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Luke Ross, Dylan Teague, Val Semieks, Tony Dezuniga, Phil Noto, David Michael Beck, Paul Gulacy)

“Guns of Vegeneance” collects issues #7 to #12 of the ongoing DC Jonah hex Western series. All the stories are written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin gray.

  • “One wedding and fifty funerals”  illustrated by Luke Ross.
  • “Never turn a blind eye” illustrated by Dylan Teague and Val Semieks.
  • “Getting un-haunted” illustrated by Tony Dezuniga.
  • “Gator bait” illustrated by Phil Noto.
  • “The Hanging Tree” illustrated by David Michael Beck.
  • “Bloodstained Snow” illustrated by Paul Gulacy.

This second collected edition of the disfigured bounty hunter Jonah Hex continues on with the high standards set in the first volume.  If you liked the first book or you like westerns  you will like this one.  I really enjoyed every story with the exception of “Getting un-haunted” which in my opinion was overly complex and quite hard to follow. It was still a good story with a satisfying ending but a bit more Twilight Zone than classic western.

The art in “Jonah Hex” is a real treat for the eyes and absolutely spot on for the Western genre. The art is of a very high standard throughout with Tony Dezuniga and Phil Noto being the weakest links. This is not to say that their work was poor it is just that their styles appealed to me less.  I am not a huge fan of  Tony DeZuniga’s scratch art style and I am not sure if that had some bearing in “Getting un-haunted” being my least favorite story in the book. Special mention should go to Val Semieks, who’s art style I really enjoyed, and Paul Gulacy for his incredibly detailed renditions.

Jonah Hex volume 2 has some fantastic art, great western stories and is printed on good quality paper. I can really reccomend it to fans of the western genre. [ISBN-13: 978-1401212490]. 8/10



[Back To Brooklyn Volume 1] – (Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mihailo Vukelic)
July 26, 2010, 10:27 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mihailo Vukelic

“Back to Brooklyn” is a mob style crime drama featuring the talents of  Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti. This is a much better effort than their previous project “the Pro”.  Although the story is based on a pretty familiar theme of a family member turning evidence against the mob,  the execution is inventively  crafted  and it keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the very end.  The book is very violent but in a realistic way (not like the Punisher) which makes it all the more shocking .  The artwork is soft focussed with an almost sepia tone palette and I found it to be a bit drab. This TPB has plenty of shock value and reads like watching a good R rated movie.  Jimmy Palmiotti’s background articles are also a nice touch and well worth a read.    [ISBN-13: 978-1607060604]. 8/10