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[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

[Enemy Ace: War in Heaven] – (Garth Ennis, Chris Weston, Christian Alamy, Russ Heath)
May 14, 2010, 5:36 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Chris Weston, Christian Alamy, Garth Ennis, Russ Heath

Garth Ennis really has a gift for bringing old war stories back to life. This book is based upon the legendary World War I German fighter pilot Hans von Hammer, a.k.a. the Enemy Ace, brought back out of retirement to fight in World war II. “War in Heaven” collects the two part mini series and has the flying ace battling it out in the skies and battling with his conscience  as he grows to resent Hitlers war machine.

Chris Weston’s art work in the first half of the book   is absolutely fantastic. Each frame is meticulously detailed and  manages to capture the essence of war in the skies in an almost cinematic manner.  Russ Heath’s artwork in the second book is very good but it  just lacks  Chris Weston’s magic and this coupled with a change to jet aircrafts hurts the books continuity a little. Great Book [ISBN-13: 978-1563899829]. 8/10.