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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


[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