I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get around to this one, this week was vacation week for me, I'm in Atlanta and am literally about to go to a Braves game in about 2 hours (its pretty rough for yours truly right now), but I figured since its only the second week I've started doing this, I better make the time.
Fortunately, I managed to read at least one comic right before a certain book dropped, so without further ado…
Writer: Jimmy Palmoiatti & Justin Gray
Artist: Jeff Lemire
To begin, this was a fairly simple story that sets up quickly and gets to the meat, which is a protracted conversation between Hex and his father. Now I could easily be wrong because of my limited reading experience with the character, but as far as I know, this is the first time we've been introduced to Jonah's father in this volume. I'll save the specifics, but the situation finds the man at a point of crisis (to say the least), and Jonah and he share a father son heart to heart of the like rarely seen.
The story is quite engaging, but of course the big draw for me this issue was the art. Jeff Lemire found time somewhere in his schedule of writing 3 or 4 monthlies, as well as drawing his creator-owned SWEET TOOTH, to produce 20 pages of sun-soaked gritty art in the way only Lemire can. Although I have yet to meet anyone who actually dislikes Jeff's art, I would imagine one's perception of it falls in the love-it-or-hate-it-category. I obviously love it, its rough uniqueness that blends the cartoony with a uncanny knack for capturing emotion is in a place of its own visually. He's a great storyteller that makes even the mundane interesting, and thats a strength that plays well this issue, as most of the action takes place off-panel, and Lemire is charged with showcasing an extended conversation between two people.
If you're new to Jonah Hex or an old hat when it comes to the scarred bounty hunter, or if you are even a passing fan of Lemire's work, check out this issue, its Stew-approved.