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All-Star Western #12 - The War of Lords and Owls, Part Three; The Haunted Highwayman! Part 2 Review

5

Tallulah Black saves the day in the finale of the current story arc.

The Best

I absolutely love Tallulah Black, and it's obvious that both Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray do as well. I love that Tallulah is this hard, no-nonsense chick who isn't afraid to stand up for herself, and she's portrayed really well here. I absolutely love the fact that without Tallulah, Hex might not have made it out of the mess we see in this issue in one piece. The creative team makes her seem really capable and confident, and some of the best scenes of this issue have her at the center of the conflict.

I really enjoy getting a backstory for Alan Wayne, Bruce's Great-great-grandfather and the first Wayne to make Gotham City his home. I think he's portrayed really well and it's neat to see traces of Bruce in his character. The alluding to his "detective work," and his loyalty to Gotham City are two things that really worked well in this issue. I'm also interested in seeing whether Mayor Cobblepot (clearly the great-great-grandfather of the Penguin) will continue to play with the good guys, or if there's more corruption that the creative team plans to uncover.

There's a great moment where Jonah Hex insists on leaving and going out on his own, but you can tell that he isn't serious. The moments he and Tallulah share on panel are really laugh-out-loud funny, and they are two characters that work really well together. Their banter is part of what makes this title one of my favorites each month.

The Bad

Nothing bad here.

The Verdict

This book is one of the most consistent titles published by DC. I love the interactions between the characters, I think the art (Moritat) is perfect and very complimentary to the story, and I feel like this is a creative team that knows and understands who Jonah Hex and his supporting cast really, truly are. The back-ups in each issue are highly entertaining, and it's great to see some of these old DC characters get a little bit of the spotlight once again. Great story, awesome pacing and brilliant dialogue. You will laugh at every innuendo, I promise.

13 Comments
Posted by Batnandez

finale? Not trying to be a butthead just letting you know.

Edited by cyberchop979

Not to sound like a douche (too late, I know), I loved the review, but I can't get over the fact that you mistakenly put "finally" where "finale" should have gone.

EDIT: dang that slow refresh rate!!!!

Posted by zackattack529

@cyberchop979 said:

Not to sound like a douche (too late, I know), I loved the review, but I can't get over the fact that you mistakenly put "finally" where "finale" should have gone.

EDIT: dang that slow refresh rate!!!!

@Batnandez said: finale? Not trying to be a butthead just letting you know.

:O the Grammar Nazi's have Invaded Comicvine!! D: everyone hide! make sure you have your auto correct, and spell check settings on!

keep your dictionary with you handy at all times!

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Posted by Batnandez

@zackattack529: It was a spelling error actually .

Posted by bladewolf

Honestly I have to disagree with this review. While the comic was enjoyable, it does not deserve a 5 star rating. IMHO, this issue felt really, really rushed. I feel like the confrontation with The Crime Bible was solved far too quickly and easily (in only about 2.5 issues...but even then might as well be 1.5). I did enjoy the humor and banter between Black and Hex, and it was also cool to see Black portrayed as such a tough character. Even so, I feel like this issue was FAR behind the quality of the previous one (aka issue 11).

Posted by longbowhunter

Decent enough story. Could have used another issue to fill out the arc maybe. Alan Wayne was surprising as a stand out character in this issue. I liked him a lot. The Terrence Thirteen backup wrapped up a bit too quickly. I thought the same about the El Diablo story from earlier issues. Liked seeing Scott Kolins on art duties, but felt it wasn't up to par with his usual stuff.

Posted by gunmetalgrey

Nothing bad? They skimped out on the cover!

Posted by Booster_Bronze

Am I the only one that noticed that the cover was a little misleading? I only just NOW realized that it was referring to a flashback. The story did feel a bit rushed, and I would like to see a little more of Terrence Th13teen as he seems to be an interesting character. While I LOVE the fact that they're using early Gotham as the setting, I'm convinced that none of All-Star Western will actually take place IN THE WEST. Great how all the old-time characters are being incorporated, too. I'm simply waiting for others like Solomon Grundy and Ra's al Ghul to make appearances as well. It has a similar feeling to Snyder's Batman run in that while Snyder makes references to Gotham's history and how it affects the present, this book deals WITH the past and lets you see echoes of the present in it.

Posted by MonkeyToe

@bladewolf said:

Honestly I have to disagree with this review. While the comic was enjoyable, it does not deserve a 5 star rating. IMHO, this issue felt really, really rushed. I feel like the confrontation with The Crime Bible was solved far too quickly and easily (in only about 2.5 issues...but even then might as well be 1.5). I did enjoy the humor and banter between Black and Hex, and it was also cool to see Black portrayed as such a tough character. Even so, I feel like this issue was FAR behind the quality of the previous one (aka issue 11).

2.5 issues? Hasn't Hex been dealing with the Crime Bible organization since the beginning of the series?

Posted by Green ankh

I love that DC is giving us something more than Superhero titles. I marvel seem ok with anything as long as it has a X in the title.

Posted by wolfchampion

great review, i tho have to agree that the cover was the worst part of the comic. This comics , red hood. i vampire , teen titans and batman are the best comics of the new 52 hope they never get cancelled cuz i could read them my hole life

Posted by bladewolf

@MonkeyToe said:

@bladewolf said:

Honestly I have to disagree with this review. While the comic was enjoyable, it does not deserve a 5 star rating. IMHO, this issue felt really, really rushed. I feel like the confrontation with The Crime Bible was solved far too quickly and easily (in only about 2.5 issues...but even then might as well be 1.5). I did enjoy the humor and banter between Black and Hex, and it was also cool to see Black portrayed as such a tough character. Even so, I feel like this issue was FAR behind the quality of the previous one (aka issue 11).

2.5 issues? Hasn't Hex been dealing with the Crime Bible organization since the beginning of the series?

Maybe I'm wrong, I did only start reading at Issue 7. Even so, at least the way it's written, I assumed that Issue 9 was the first time we saw all/most of the members of the Crime Bible.

Posted by DocFishstick

i have only picked up one of these books and after reading this I will pick this one up.