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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



[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