Friday, July 16, 2010

The Sixth Gun #2

Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Brian Hurtt

So far as supernatural Westerns go, this is a pretty decent one.  Where the first issue (which was given out free on Free Comic Book Day, as well as re-released this week for paying customers) took its time to set up the main character, Drake Sinclair, the villain, General Oliander Bedford, and the supernatural titular gun, this issue is more action-oriented.

Sinclair tracks down the location of the gun, with the girl whose stepfather had previously owned it, in a saloon somewhere.  He attempts to rescue her, just as Bedford shows up with his spirit soldiers, and we get a big fight.  A few other characters are introduced, like the card sharp who helps Sinclair, and the strange characters riding with Bedford.

This comic obviously owes something to Jonah Hex and some of the stranger things that have shown up in that comic, but at the same time, it has its own original approach to the Western genre.  This is reading as a good action comic, with some interesting story elements.

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