Posted by inferiorego (24525 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

Jonah and Gina are back in the past, and Gina learns very quickly that the wild west truly is wild. The dynamic is really enjoyable, since we've seen Gina leading Jonah through the future for the past few issues, and now, Jonah is the guide in the past.

The majority of this story is Jonah telling Gina a story about a man he hunted and how Jonah got the best of him. The story Jonah tells is full of a lot of dialogue, which is a bit different than normal for this book, but it really works within the context of the story. What really works here is that is takes a step back from a bit of the madness the past few issues had and slows things down.

Cliff Richards takes over art duties on this issue, with Mike Atiyeh on colors. The art style is a bit different than what ALL STAR WESTERN fans are used to with Moritat, but Richards style is very welcomed here and gives readers a new look at someone everyone is already familiar with. His style is extremely clean and he works wonders with faces and facial expressions.

The Bad

The ending of this issue is a bit of a let down. Without spoiling anything, it feels like it's on the way to a reset button for Jonah Hex. It's not something to get too upset about because Gray and Palmiotti always have something planned in the long run.

The biggest problem with the issue is that the majority of it is a campfire story taking place in Jonah's past. The story itself is fine but it comes off as filler in the overall issue. Twelve pages within the issue are the story within the story. While most of this series has been a lot of fun and easy to love, this is the first time within my time with this book that I wasn't all in.

The Verdict

ALL STAR WESTERN #29 isn't bad, but it's one of the weaker issues in what has been one hell of a series. Cliff Richards art isn't what fans are used to with this series, but the change is nice and he does a great job at sculpting faces throughout the issue. The problem lies in the fact that it's a story within a story and feels a tad like filler. However, this is a series that ultimately always delivers, so we're interested to see where it goes next.

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#1 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33367 posts) - - Show Bio

What issue is the last one?

#2 Edited by CaptainMarvel4Ever (2510 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: The series has not been canceled yet, however it is very close, so if you want it to stay, be sure to buy this issue.

#3 Posted by iaconpoint (1363 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: Hasn't been canceled so hold off on that funeral. Or as Jonah might say, "Hol' back on tham tatars just a might."

#4 Edited by The Mighty Monarch (2238 posts) - - Show Bio

Last issue, I felt, wasn't up to par either. Also, what's up with Jonah's ugly new costume?

#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33367 posts) - - Show Bio
#6 Posted by bladewolf (759 posts) - - Show Bio
#7 Edited by snowbro6 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I really don't like how this series has gone. First they took Hex out of the Wild West, then they got rid of his confederate uniform, and now they 'fixed' his face. Fortunately his personality is the same, but they changed so much of the classic Jonah that he's literally unrecognizable. I didn't want 'pretty boy' Jonah, I want real Jonah. I loved the first two volumes and I wish they would have left him in the west this whole time. The only good thing about his future trip was that it opens the door to a different life result for Hex now that he knows how he died. Which means it opens the door for a new ending. I just wish it was classic Hex that got to experience it, not the 'pretty boy' version.