Monday, July 28, 2014

All Star Western #33 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Staz Johnson
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

A Bloody Good Time

It's almost over.  One of the best, if not the most unique book, is coming to an end.  No matter how many times I promise Eric not to say it, this is the penultimate issue of All Star Western.  It's been a hell of a run for Palmiotti and Gray stretching back before the New 52.  Jonah Hex has literally seen it all, but he's back where he belongs to give a proper goodbye.  You can take the anti hero out of the Old West, but you can't take the Old know how it goes.  Last month, Jonah and the awesome Tallulah Black, did the old back-and-forth with a bounty and each ended up stripped of their iron, on a horse, all-tied up with no place to go, except maybe to Hell. Then things got worse.

This issue is all about revenge, honor and doing the right thing, kind of.  Jonah and Tallulah are chasing their bounty, and it seems to be bouncing around quite a bit.  It's gone from them to the town that rudely kicked them to the curb to a gang of outlaws.  Our heroes want to start the circle all over again and track down the gang.  They aren't alone and that's when things get tricky.

Palmiotti and Gray know and love these characters and it shows.  Jonah is a gruff bastard, but you can't help but root for him.  Tallulah is just a swearing bundle of greatness.  I'm going to miss both of them so much.

The rest of the book should convince anyone not yet on the bandwagon.  Sure, things rarely go as planned for Jonah, but he tries his best to do what's right.  Sometimes that's a grey area, but in this issue it's black and white.  Palmiotti and Gray still manage to give us one hell of a twist.

Staz Johnson nails the look of Jonah and the Old West.  It's dark, dusty, bloody and great.  Just another thing I'm going to miss.

Bits and Pieces:

All Star Western #33 is a tale of deceit, revenge and honor.  It's also damn good.  Palmiotti and Gray show why everyone should have been reading this book and why I'm really going to miss it.  Do yourself a favor and pick up their entire run, it's well worth it.


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