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All Star Western Vol. 1: Guns and Gotham (The New 52) (edition 2012)

by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Various (Illustrator)

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Title:All Star Western Vol. 1: Guns and Gotham (The New 52)
Authors:Justin Gray
Other authors:Jimmy Palmiotti, Various (Illustrator)
Info:DC Comics (2012), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:iPad comics
Tags:comics, western, crime

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All-Star Western Volume 1: Guns and Gotham by Justin Gray (Author)



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A collection of western stories helmed by Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham mostly. They face off against a couple of different problems. But one of them was the religion of Cain, the Crime Bible. The two of them made an interesting duo, the different sorts of guys that they were and how they nudged and poked at each other with words.

They weren't the only stories though. There was also one with El Diablo, aka Lazarus Lane, and one with the Barbary Ghost. Both interesting stories.

The art was okay, not bad, but not great either.

The one thing that really stood out was how much more violent than the other new New 52 titles this was. THere was more death for sure. These vigilantes didn't really seem to believe in the whole 'don't kill the bad guys' rule. It worked for the stories, but also made it a bit more adult than some of the other New 52 titles.

Over all a good TPB though. ( )
  DanieXJ | Nov 25, 2014 |
All Star Western’s main tale is about Jonah Hex and his “sidekick” Dr. Arkham (who later founds Arkham Asylum, natch) and their adventures in Gotham City, circa 1880s.

Jonah has his own brand of justice and Jimmy Palmiotti knows how to write a good yarn. Lately there have been a lot of early history comics on Gotham involving Batman’s ancestry and this book is no exception.

Loved the early Batcave, with cannibals and ancient Indians plus a prehistoric bat the size of a horse. The book is not really for kids, with villains and heroes taking bullets in a spray of red across the panels. Women shot, blood everywhere.

But Jonah gets his licks in too. Great scenes with guys dressed like the KKK riding in to make an example of Jonah, as Hex greets them with “Evenin’, boys!”.

Decent art by Moritat, but I’ve seen better.

The shorts are pretty entertaining, somewhat original. Also in the same time period we meet El Diablo. Interesting character, reminds me of Spectre (rising from a body he inhabits and gets vengeance), and the Chinese gangs of “The Barbary Ghost” get their comeuppance in a story written by Palmiotti and excellently drawn by Phil Winslade.

Acceptable western entertainment, some blood and mean justice. Great to see DC Comics is not just into superhero comics anymore. Can’t wait for Volume 2!

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  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
All Star Western takes place in Gotham, that's enough for me. Jonah Hex is the main character, and sidekick Amadeus Arkham. If the standard Western-like dialect gets to you, this is not for you. Definitely for fans of all things Gotham, Hex, and Westerns. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Feb 10, 2013 |
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