I'm outta luck, got the shaft
Missed my comic book, Black Beetle yeah
That kinda sucks, we got more
Stuff you need to read, stuff I adore
The Sixth Gun should fulfill your needs
Chew rocks the roost, fulfills your dreams
Daredevil see? You heard from me
It's all you want, your fantasy
Oh, just one quick peek you can't put it down
Oh Oh, look what you've done
You know you want this comic book
You know you need this comic book
If all you got's a comic book, you know it's enough
Friday Slice of Heaven
***Possible Spoilers Below***
|The Sixth Gun #30|
At the behest of her mother-in-law, the murderous Missy Hume seeks to locate the five sibling guns to the one that keeps her eternally young and healed. Meanwhile, the holders of five of the six guns, Becky Montcrief (one gun) and Drake Sinclair (four guns), along with their eclectic fellow riders (Kirby Hale, Gord Cantrell and the mummy Asher Cobb) have involuntarily joined an Indian war party. Unfortunately, Drake is not doing so well after his dealings with a wendigo, but he is tiptop compared to Becky, who recently used the terrible abilities of her gun inadvertently trapping part of her soul in the spirit world. Becky, unconscious and in the care of their new "allies," walks the spirit world where she encounters her spirit guide who briefly tells her about the guns before being shot dead by mystic invaders. Becky is not alone.
I thought I loved last issue when Becky used her gun's terrible powers to confront Missy Hume, but this month's offering managed to surpass even those stunning events with much less action. Bunn has stepped up the story by revealing and clarifying a bit more information about the purpose and nature of the six guns, cleverly hiding the exposition within the wonderful narrative that has been used since the beginning of the series. We also have some great and humorous (brief though they might be) character moments with Kirby Hale, and the last panel cliffhanger is somewhat terrifying. "Something's wrong. I can't wake up, Drake. I can't wake up, and I'm not alone," sent chills down down spine and desperate for the next issue. It's great to see Becky and Drake, two people forced together by perilous circumstances, become friends who rely on one another, while at the same time not becoming romantically involved. In fact, the only romance within Becky and Drake's group is the understandably ruined one between the scoundrel Kirby and Becky, who wants Kirby dead .
Hurtt manages to outdo himself again with this issue as can be seen in character acting scenes with Kirby Hale and also with the exhausted/dying Becky. The sequentials tell the reader everything they need to know about the story and lead the reader quickly from one panel to the next. Bill Crabtree, the colorist who gives this book its distinct look, gives us a bleak, dreary red and grey spirit world that pushes the creepy isolation of the plane to great effect.
What are you waiting for? If you are not reading this book, do something to change that. The Sixth Gun has it all: a great premise, great characterization, and a beautifully crafted story that keeps me anxiously coming back for more. Not enough people are reading this book! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Applebee's making the most of his quality time with Agent Colby. Wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a mortified shoulder to cry on about the verbal lashing Applebee received from Tony Chu. It's a nice little evening, but after a reveal that Tony has been sent on assignment with the Navy--a rough and tumble yet impeccably fashionable bunch--the director of the USDA shows up and has the gall to call Applebee's Colby a two-timer. The situation gets real real. Meanwhile, Tony and his trusty seamen companions are tasked with the delicate task of bringing in the second-in-command of the terrorist egg worshipping cult known as the Immaculate Ova. There's one problem. They have to get through the terrorists's bodyguard, a ciboinvalescor, or rather someone who gains immense strength after eating. This looks like a job for the killer chicken Poyo! Too bad Poyo's on assignment elsewhere.
Dang if this issue was not a total hoot! Layman and Guillory continue to surprise with some great and amusingly touching moments between Colby and Applebee on the first page splash and each following page only gets better. The action scenes with Tony versus the bodyguard left me whipping through to see what happens next. I especially liked that abrupt halt in pacing to quickly tell the story of the superpowered bodyguard only to return after Tony has vanquished his foe. The Lettering on this issue--something I rarely mention--is phenomenal as it vanishes within the art only to leap out at the reader to become a grand component of the artwork.
I always love Chew, but something was goin' on this month as this issue was especially funny and riveting. But if you follow this book, you know this already. If you're not reading Chew because it's "too disgusting" or "too weird"--well, okay, you're right on both counts, but you're really missing out on the most unique and fun book currently being released. Chew is one of the reasons why I sitll love comics. It's Milk Magic! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Sons of the Gun #3
Bunn and Hurtt give us yet another heck of a messed up individual, who managed to saddle up with Hume's group to the point of being trusted enough to own one of the six. Like the other two previous installments we follow one of Hume's lieutenants from the point after Hume's death and before their own in the pages of the first The Sixth Gun TPB. Bunn and Hurtt continue to provide a glimpse into the cruel nature and damaged lives of Hume's four men. We have not yet seen when they each received their guns or how they first came across Hume, but I hope that moment is coming soon as that is what I have been wondering since we first met these interesting characters. Churilla continues to provide art that fits wonderfully with The Sixth Gun look and style, and Bill Crabtree's colors (I'm a huge fan) only enhance Churilla's beautiful illustrations.
I neglected to mention issue 2 last month, but I will mention that I very much enjoyed its look at "Filthy" Ben Kinney, the once owner of the Third Gun which spreads a flesh-rotting disease. If you are a The Sixth Gun fan this mini-series should not be missed. If you are new to this series, then I must recommend that you start with the first four trades of the series proper and by then pick up the trade for the Sons of the Gun chapter, as this mini will hold less impact without knowing what happened in the main story. For fans I will say this book is RECOMMENDED!
While at his friend and business partner's hospital bedside, Matt Murdoch is approached by a man claiming to have information on experimentation on inmates in an effort to reproduce the accident that gave Matt his extraordinary senses. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, especially of the trojan variety, Matt knowingly follows the man into a trap. What he finds is someone who knows all about his life: the toxic waste, his father's boxing robe, even his father's shaving cream. Ikari (Japanese for "fury") makes his presence known and appears dressed in an outfit reminiscent of Daredevil's first costume. This new villain also has most of Daredevil's fighting skills and abilities without any of the weaknesses. Ikari is also not the one who has been upending Matt's life, but a puppet working for mysterious master. Full Spoiler...Daredevil loses this one, folks.
Man, this was a fantastic action packed issue. Fight scenes are not easy to write, but Waid and Samnee have zero problem making this issue a page turner. With the final panel and Ikari's last word balloon, this Donist can't wait to see what happens next and to finally learn the identity of the one calling the shots. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
|Age of Ultron #6|
Wolverine has gone back to the past to terminate Hank Pym before he can create the murderous artificial intelligence, Ultron. He quickly learns that he was followed by Susan Storm (Invisible Woman), the last remaining member of the Fantastic Four. She seeks to sway Wolverine from his dark mission, but as she discovers, even she is leaning toward removing Pym from the equation that doomed their world years in the future. Meanwhile, Captain America and his band make their futuristic move on Ultron to disastrous effect. Whether in the past or in the future, life is going to be very different for all.
All past comments about the decompressed storytelling of the previous issues is not a concern here. This issue kicks into high gear...almost too much so, especially with the scenes in the Ultron future. Losing Bryan Hitch is a bit jarring, and there was one clunky piece of dialogue that I had to reread a few times to kind of understand what was being said. Still, I enjoyed this issue and there were two particularly shocking moments that will bring me back to see how this story plays out. For an "event" book, I'm pretty darn happy with how this is turning out. RECOMMENDED!
Slice Into the Woods
What the Hell Is Wrong With This Week? - I have really tried to keep my language on Donist World clean--just compare recent posts to some of my earlier posts...wow--but sometimes you gotta cut loose. To quote a fictionalized piece from The New Yorker a while back, "Shit's some fucked up shit." If there is a better sentence to describe the past five days (not even five FULL days), I've not yet found one. Premeditated bombings at the Boston Marathon by a couple of psychopaths allegedly with a "cause" of some sort? A police officer shot and killed? Corporate greed loyalists in the Senate shooting down (deliberate word choice here) gun control measures wanted by a majority of Americans? It's all so ridiculous and shameful. I'm honestly stunned. Then I hear about even more corporate nonsense as loyal employees get kicked in the teeth this week and then I hear about businesses lowering employee hours to avoid paying them health insurance AFTER executives give themselves massive pay increases (Fuck you, Regal Cinemas). So, yeah, it's been an all around shitty week thus far and Friday has barely even started. Blah.