Friday, July 29, 2011

The Sixth Gun #13

Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Brian Hurtt

Train heists are a lot of fun. It's easy to see the appeal of train robbery movies - the speed, the constant danger of falling, the cluelessness of conductors who don't slow down or simply uncouple wrecked cars...  Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt bring all the excitement of a train heist - with zombies and a mummy, no less - to comics in a way that makes it just as thrilling as any film.

Our two heroes, Drake Sinclair and Becky Moncrief, traveling with the Sword or Abraham group, came under attack from the zombies last issue.  Drake is trying to take the body of General Hume someplace safe, while his widow is trying to retrieve it, hence the zombies.  This entire issue is taken up with the fight (the mummy shows up right at the beginning), and it's all very cool.

I especially like that Drake, who has a pretty shady past and is relatively new to the hero game, knew the mummy in his former life.  The issue ends with a couple of surprises, and leaves us in a place where it's hard to tell what's going to happen next.

Cullen Bunn is beginning to get a fair amount of attention from Marvel.  I've found his Fear Itself: The Deep to be a disappointment, but it appears that he's going to be involved in the post-Fear Itself book.  Like Jonathan Hickman and Jason Aaron before him, his independent work is better than his pay for hire work.  Jump on this now, and if he becomes really popular, you can always say you've been following him for ages.  Comics fans love doing that, right?  You won't be sorry.

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