Wednesday, October 23, 2013

All-Star Western #24 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Moritat
Cover Price:$3.99
Release Date: October 23, 2013

Weirdo Sex Festival

Jonah is innocent of murder, digs up some gold, buys some guns and heads to a weirdo sex festival.  Oh yea, he runs into a familiar face (for most readers) that will likely make things very interesting for Mr. Hex in the near future...Or maybe his past?

Ever since Jonah Hex has traveled to present day Gotham, All-Star Western has been so much fun. However, Palmiotti and Gray made the right choice by getting Hex out of Gotham and on the road. Yes, Bruce Wayne makes an appearance, but like Jonah himself, the writers don't need to rely on him to make the book a winner.  Mr. Hex and his gal pal, Gina, are the stars and Palmiotti and Gray make them fun to just hang out with.  They drink beer, tell stories and head to a weirdo sex festival.  That actually seems to be the official name.  There they run into a stranger who readers will know will spark trouble and adventure for the duo.

This is a transition issue, but I can't call it filler when I had so much fun reading it.  Seeing Jonah interact and react to modern day happenings just never gets old. The only misstep for me was when Hex tells Gina the true definition of "cowboys".  Just let me tell you, I don't want to be a cowboy no more.

Moritat's art is good, but unlike other issues, I would have liked to see more detail in the panels.  Maybe it's the fact that Jonah is back on the dusty trail, but I was really enjoying Moritat's rendering of the big city.  However, the last panel was a real winner for me.

Palmiotti and Gray continue to write one of the funnest books in the New 52.  Jonah is no longer in Gotham and that seems like a good thing so far.  Moritat's art is good, but I was hoping the detail he brought to the cityscapes would continue into the wide open plains.  The issue ends with a reveal of a guest star that is sure to make the book even more fun.  Highly recommended.

8.8/10

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

8.8!?! What the hell are you smoking? I just finished ASW #24 and it's absolute garbage. The story is completely pointless, the part with Hex talking to the people in the bar was almost as moronic as the dialogue itself. I hope they return to the old west soon otherwise I'm dropping this uninteresting title.

Jim Werner said...

I'd like to make a joke about smoking something at the Weird Sex Festival, but I won't. ASW has become my go to fun book and I thought this issue was fun.