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Review – The Sixth Gun #1-6

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SIXTH GUN #6 COVERI’ve read all six issues of The Sixth Gun and kept saying, I’ll do a review of the latest issue tomorrow.  For all six issues I’ve failed to do just that.  And in a weird way, I’m glad I’ve waited.  Taken as single issues The Sixth Gun is entertaining enough, but put together the six issues are definitely greater than their individual pieces.

Written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt, the story centers on a possessed gun and the disgraced civil war undead general who wants to get it back.  It’s a weird west tale with possessed guns that have crazy powers.  It’s entertaining as all hell, but does it really stand out?

I can’t say the first six issues blew me away, but I was definitely entertained.  I can see how some folks would love this, and others shrug their shoulders.  The characters are interesting, but I just don’t get much depth out of them.  You have the daughter who wants to avenge the death of her father, the bad guy turned good, the evil bad guy who does horrible things (though we never really witness any of that) and the woman who’s in love/obsessed with him.

As I said, it’s entertaining and a fun read and it might be for you, but for me I can’t quite recommend the pricey comics.  For $1.99 it’s a buy, maybe even for $2.99, but at $3.99 a pop, this is only a read to me.

Plot: Bunn weaves an entertaining enough tale.  I think the first six issues would actually do better as a cartoon than a comic and that has something to do with Hurtt’s art.  The characters are pretty predictable and don’t quite have the depth you’d hope.  The villain is also pretty cookie cutter and nothing memorable.  They’re all entertaining enough, but still wish there was more depth.  Rating: 7.5

Art: Hurtt’s art is actually some of the most entertaining things about these six issues.  There’s an interesting style that I know would look great on the television screen.  It’s hard to describe, but each character is definitely unique.  Even the undead mud like creatures stand out.  There’s a great mix of action and quiet moments, with each showing off a fine amount of detail but never being overwhelming.  I definitely want to see what else Hurtt can do and looking forward to seeing what’s to come.  Rating: 7.75

Overall: While I can’t say the comic is my cup of tea, but it’s entertaining enough.  My biggest issue is the bang for the buck.  It’s a bit expensive, and that’s my biggest hesitation.  If you like weird west tales though, this comic is absolutely for you, but for those who are iffy, I can understand if you want to hold on to your hard earned dollar.  Overall rating: 7.5

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 25 to 35 pages    Price: $3.99    Release Date: Out Now

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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