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Green Lantern #36 [Review]

Full review posted to comixtreme.com.

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Jonah Hex #39 [Review]

Cowardice

Writer: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Rafa Garres
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Edits: Elisabeth Gehrlein & Sean Ryan
Cover: Rafa Garres
Publisher: DC Comics

This issue picks up with Hex in a bar just before the town goes dry. Meanwhile, some shady individuals seem to be on the run, and wind up with murder on their hands–such that Hex gets involved when the deputy Sherriff doesn’t seem to be effective. Hex faces these outlaws and provides a lesson to the now new Sherriff as well.

The writing here isn’t bad. It isn’t blow-me-away wonderful, either, by any means. The story seems rather basic and cliched…though I’m not convinced that’s a bad thing in this case.

The art really isn’t to my liking. It’s quite stylistic, bordering on surreal to me. I recognize the title character by the flesh from the upper lip to lower and the grimace. Other than that, it wasn’t all that easy to figure out who was who–what I eventually figured out toward telling the characters apart came from context-clues in the writing and process of elimination.

This was my first issue of the series–I’ve heard about it for years though I never got around to trying an issue. For the slow week this was and the local shop being sold out alredy of half the issues I’d intended to buy, I decided on a whim to snag this issue, in the hopes it would indeed be a one-off. By that, I was not disappointed–from the opening to the conflict to the resolution, we have a complete single “episode” in the life of Jonah Hex under one cover. I’m sure there’s an over-arching plot at play that would make this issue all the more enjoyable were I more familiar with the character.

Given that, I’m by no means turned away from this series…though this issue was not sufficient to hook me on specifically planning to seek out future issues or hunt down back issues.

Story: 6/10
Art: 4/10
Whole: 5/10

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