Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jonah Hex #50

Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Darwyn Cooke

Jonah Hex hits issue fifty (which is nothing short of miraculous in and of itself) in style, with a double-sized issue featuring art from Darwyn Cooke.

Cooke's style is an odd choice for Hex - his clean, open faces and cartoonish background characters create a sense of dissonance when paired with the dark, almost mean story that Gray and Pamiotti deliver this month. That dissonance is, I think, what makes this issue so jarring and memorable.

Hex and Talullah Black go their separate ways, and Hex is hired to track down a large gang. While he goes to work hunting the different bounties, Talullah settles down in a small town. Of course, the outlaws end up in the same town, and her and Hex come across each other once again. Mixed in here is a large dose of personal tragedy for our stars, although I'd rather not spoil that.

This is a very good issue of this comic.

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