Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Sixth Gun #14

Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Tyler Crook

Talk about coming from nowhere.  A couple of months ago, I'd never seen anything by Tyler Crook.  Now, he's popping up all over the place, landing the job as Guy Davis's replacement on BPRD, and having his original graphic novel, Petrograd, come out at the same time.  Now, he's guest artisted this issue of The Sixth Gun.

This is an interlude issue, telling the story of Asher Cobb, the seven-foot mummy that fought Drake Sinclair last issue.  We learn, through the framing sequence of a discussion at a freak show, how Asher came into the world, and the sad story that led to his eventual mummification and undead status.

Bunn has worked hard to create a solid Western mythology in the Sixth Gun world, and this issue helps strengthen that foundation.  Asher's birth was peculiar, as was his appearance and abilities that echo the ones granted by the gun in Becky Moncrief's possession.

Crook's art looks great here.  His style is different enough from regular artist Brian Hurtt that this issue will stand out in a trade, but he also sticks to the basics of this series, and works within the visual milieu that Hurtt has established.  This is always an impressive series (especially when compared to Bunn's recent work at Marvel).

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