Review – The Sixth Gun #8
The series written by Cullen Bunn and art by Brian Hurtt has grown on me over it’s eight issues. The Sixth Gun #8 is a great weird west tale that continues it’s second story arc mixing in southern voodoo from it’s already over the top supernatural bent.
In a decaying mansion in the blackest heart of the Louisiana bog, Drake uncovers more secrets of the Six… and angers a spirit that wants to ensure the gunslinger never leaves the swamp alive! It’s man versus some of the meanest man-eaters to ever crawl out of the marsh!
The story just adds layers and new ideas without ever going over the top. There’s a point that adding too many different supernatural elements a story can go off the rails. With the already iffy “weird west” label attached to it, you can see why I might be a bit nervous over the series. But it’s beyond entertaining and fun.
With all of the gun slinging there’s also a heart, and some great interaction between the characters. Yes, some characters stick to cookie cutter paint by number types, but they also hide some depth that’s slowly creeping out.
I can guess where this arc is taking us, but I expect there’s some twist and turns along the way. It’s a fun series and one worth checking out.
Plot: Bunn has taken what could easily be an over the top concept and has made it entertaining and fun. The characters in the first arc touched a bit on stereotype cookie cutter archetypes but this second story arc adds a bit of depth to them. It’s gotten to a point that this is a series I’m looking forward to reading each month. Rating: 8
Art: Hurtt’s art is also growing on me. It’s consistent with a pretty unique style. The character designs are spooky but at the same time clean. It fits of the feel of the series quite well. Rating: 8
Overall: It’s something that Bunn and Hurtt have basically won me over. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the series when it first came out, but I stuck with it and read it through with each consistent release and it’s grown on me to the point I count myself as a fan. Overall rating: 8
Page count: 24 pages Price: $3.99 Release: 1/25/11
Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.