Review: The Dark Gun #1

The power people put over objects and their value has made materialism almost a way of life. The thoughts that usually come up when one considers such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, the words “masterpiece” and “brilliant” tend to flood conversations. Just because we label such items with this “value,” do they truly deserve it? Does that value come from the rarity and creators behind such pieces?

Another such item with a long history is the Stradivarius violin. One requires a city permit from Cremona Italy, before it gets played by any musician and has been in existence since 1720.The movie Red Violin was based on the violin’s immense history but with a sinister twist. I always wondered how this would be applied to different objects, and how would it affect the world around it? In Matt Durand and Taylan Kurtulus’ The Dark Gun, we get a wild twist on objects with hidden histories, one that changes everyone around it.

We meet Jon Ambrose, as he writes a letter to his son, knowing he might not see tomorrow, he tells the truth of what happened when he was an Army cavalryman in 1876. For one morning, one of the men in charge of the artillery gives him brand new gun, one that he feels an uncanny connection to and one which feels as if its otherworldly. As heads off on patrol for the first time, he was warned of the tribes that still inhabit the land, mostly legends and some of it true, but all of it to scare new soldiers. As this becomes the first time, he brandishes the gun, his aim becomes perfect, killing whomever is front of him, as they take out a few natives and imprisoning the others. Unexpectedly, the gun calls to Jon once more, causing him to kill everyone in sight including his fellow cavalryman. By issue’s end, Jon meets his ultimate fate but not without his telling the true power of the weapon.

Overall, a powerful story about choice, legacy, and those forces beyond our control. The story by Durand is enigmatic, action packed and ultimately, grim. The art by Kurtulus is gorgeous and well drawn. Altogether, a story that shows how paramount selection is and how it affects your world.

Story: Matt Durand Art: Taylan Kurtulus
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy