Filed under: 7 stars, David Michael Beck, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jonah Hex, Jordi Bernet, Justin Gray, Phil Noto
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
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
Filed under: 8 Stars, David Michael Beck, Dylan Teague, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jonah Hex, Justin Gray, Paul Gulacy, Phil Noto, Val Semieks
“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