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All-Star Western #19 - Panning for Gold; The Master Gunfighter Review

5

Things tend to get a little crazy for Jonah Hex but they're about to get even crazier. There's a new sheriff in town and you can imagine what Hex will think of him.

The Good

It's great to see how much variation this book has. As a fan of the previous volume, I was a bit concerned over some of the ideas being presented in the this series. The idea of Jonah Hex being tied to Gotham City or Amadeus Arkham was a little strange. Throw in the Court of Owls from the BATMAN crossover, and it just seemed a little weird. The key to the success has been Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

Palmiotti and Gray previously wrote seventy consecutive issues of JONAH HEX. It's no surprise how well they know the character. Adding ties to modern continuity has been something they've handled with ease. It started becoming a welcomed idea seeing the bridge between the two time periods. When Arkham departed the series, I was a little bummed even though I sometimes questioned the need for him.

In this issue, we get a new connection to the present. Even one to the future, in a way. It might be a spoiler but word has gotten out that Booster Gold appears in this issue. This isn't as odd of a crossover as some might think considering they sort of met in 2007's BOOSTER GOLD #3 (although whether or not that still happened is another issue). There has been some question as to what happened to Booster in JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 and hopefully we'll get some answers here. Jonah Hex is a serious character and it's a treat when he's paired with someone who isn't as serious. There definitely is something going on here.

Moritat continues to shine in this series. Caution needs to be used when illustrating a Western comic. He always manages to perfectly capture the vibe of the series and time period.

There is another STORMWATCH back up here. We're getting pieces to a bigger puzzle and there is some fascination in seeing the story play out while wondering where it's going to go.

The Bad

It took a couple seconds to realize the main story ended and the back up was beginning. There wasn't a clearly labeled "End" or opening credits on the following page. The back up story was interesting, but only in trying to figure out how it's going to fit into the bigger picture. At this point it didn't feel absolutely necessary. At least it didn't just yet. We'll have to wait and see what comes of it.

The Verdict

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have done it again. We've seen some strange gatefold covers on the DC Comics this month but this one makes sense. We've seen crazy crossovers before but the appearance of Booster Gold here opens up more questions rather than answer the ones since his disappearance in the New 52. Watching the events unfold is just one of the charming aspects of this issue. In an age where Western comics may not be at the top of readers' lists, Palmiotti and Gray show us that doesn't have to be the case. With the various connections we're seeing to the modern continuity, you get a feeling of anything goes even though certain events still need to be set in stone. Moritat continues to capture the vibe of the series. There's no telling what may happen next and that's the fun part of the series.

7 Comments
Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I really enjoy this book. I just wish it was 2.99. Really don't care about the backups.

Posted by bladewolf

This book is usually good...which is why I was surprised how mediocre this issue was. It wasn't bad...but it's a 3/5 at best. The plot was rather slow and meandering. That said, I think there's potential for the team up of these two, though as Channel 52 showed, they SHOULD be heading back to Gotham at some point.

Posted by longbowhunter

I haven't picked this book up for sometime. A Booster appearance makes me wanna jump back on.

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Edited by iceslick

Finally!! All-Star Western gets a review!! So happy!! :-)

Edited by Reignmaker

Nice to see a non-superhero book get some more exposure.

@madeinbangladesh said:

I really enjoy this book. I just wish it was 2.99. Really don't care about the backups.

This is a book where I think the backups work really well. I agree that some of it is hit or miss, but I like the variety of the stories and characters they've done.

Edited by Rich711

I really enjoy this book. I just wish it was 2.99. Really don't care about the backups.

You can say that again. Okay, I will. I really enjoy this book but it should be 2.99 because I dont care about the backups. There are very few characters that I would pay $1 to read 8 pages. Larfleeze in "Threshold" is the only one I can think of. Oddly enough, if Jonah Hex was an 8 page backup in another book, I wouldnt mine paying the extra $1.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@rich711 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

I really enjoy this book. I just wish it was 2.99. Really don't care about the backups.

You can say that again. Okay, I will. I really enjoy this book but it should be 2.99 because I dont care about the backups. There are very few characters that I would pay $1 to read 8 pages. Larfleeze in "Threshold" is the only one I can think of. Oddly enough, if Jonah Hex was an 8 page backup in another book, I wouldnt mine paying the extra $1.

agree.