Friday Slice of Heaven
The Sixth Gun #7 - Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Brian Hurtt, published by Oni Press. The main issue I have with this book is that immediately after reading the first TPB of The Sixth Gun Volume 1, I had to scramble to find the following floppies of issue number seven and eight in time before issue nine was released. This week, I found issue seven waiting for me at my LCS, but no eight and no nine.
Along with The Stuff of Legend, Sweet Tooth, and Morning Glories, The Sixth Gun continues to be one of my favorite books on the stand. This issue picks up after the Battle of the Maw and the defeat of General Hume and his ghastly followers. Drake Sinclair is struggling with the weight of possessing four of the six magic guns, the untimely death of his friend (now a mud spirit...trust me on this) and the burden of hiding General Humes's now twice-dead body. Becky Montcrief and Drake have a disagreement when Drake refuses to discuss the past battle, and she ends up meeting a handsome, sharp-shooting cowboy after Drake storms off to search a haunted bayou.
Compelling, well-paced, beautifully illustrated and damn entertaining, The Sixth Gun is unlike anything I have ever read. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
*Note-Cullen Bunn recently announced that he had quit his day job to focus 100% on writing. I hope this means that The Sixth Gun goes weekly, because waiting between issues is a painful prospect. C'mon Brian Hurtt, four issues a month? That's doable right?
|The Sixth Gun #7|
Sweet Tooth #17 and 18 - Written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire, published by Vertigo Comics, a DC Comics imprint. My LCS pulled through again by securing a copy of issue number seventeen, which I had missed after my switch from trade waiting to floppies. I have been sitting on issue eighteen for a month now and the wait to read it was killing me, but I heard that seventeen saw some crazy shit go down. I heard right. Oh man, what a gut punch of an issue.
I'm not going to spoil this other than to say that the two-way assault on the compound was insane, Jepperd hears what he does not want to hear and everyone sees something that they don't want to see. How's that for vague. Dang. The reveal was unexpected, what happens is terrifying, the emotional reaction is saddening and the implications for future issues is...horrific. Lemire does an incredible job of portraying emotion and shock while pulling the reader right into the mess with the characters. Great issue.
Also great was issue number eighteen, which had a horizontal layout and seemed like a children's book at times, but where seventeen was beyond heavy, eighteen succeeded in lightening the mood...slightly.
I cannot wait to see where Sweet Tooth is going and I am happy, and a tad scared, of where Lemire's tale is headed. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
|Sweeth Tooth 17|
|Sweet Tooth 18|
|Morning Glories #7|