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Jonah Hex #69 - The Old Man Review

5

It isn't often that you finish reading a comic book and realize that you're holding a perfect issue. That is exactly the feeling I got after reading the latest issue of Jonah Hex. By far one of the best Jonah Hex comics I have read in a long time!

Issue #69 of Jonah Hex delves into new territory, exploring facets of Hex which are unfamiliar. The issue is incredibly executed, and is essentially, the perfect Jonah Hex story.

The Good

What can I say about this issue? With lines like "Ah pissed in yer whiskey more times than ah can remember," what's not to love? I know, it's a bit harsh, but it's moments like this that will make you laugh out loud. The most interesting thing about this issue, however, isn't only the clever dialogue; it's the premise. If you don't want to spoil the issue, I suggest you stop reading. This issue of Jonah Hex deals with his relationship with his father. Will he save his father from dying, or will he watch him die? Not only is the story beautifully written, it deals with aspects of Hexs character that the reader doesn't normally get to see. Beneath the harsh exterior, Jonah Hex has endured some serious hardships, and the events of this issue give the reader a glimpse of that.

Pair the talents of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with Jeff Lemire, and you have a near perfect issue of Hex. Lemire is absolutely the perfect addition to this team. One look at Lemire's artistic style and it makes perfect sense that the creative team brought him on board. The way Lemire structures the panels containing the in depth conversation between Hex and his father is gorgeous.

The Bad

Nothing! There, I said it.

The Verdict

Sometimes you can read a comic and say to yourself, 'that was pretty fantastic.' Then you walk away from the issue and realize you can't stop thinking about what you just read; that's when you know it's really good. That's exactly what you get with this issue of Jonah Hex. The creative team is perfect for this issue. It's a glimpse into what makes Jonah Hex tick, and so much of what made him who he is, and it's those kinds of stories that are truly memorable.

7 Comments
Posted by DoomDoomDoom

I saw this cover and just drooled in the store. I've never read a Jonah Hex title though and like everyone else I didn't see the movie either. Your review has piqued my interest and I'll probably pick this issue up regardless but would you consider this a fair starting point for someone unfamiliar with the character? 

Posted by Eyz

Jeff Lemire? Nice!
 
My all-time favorite on-going series at DC, and pretty stable and on the same quality level as when it was introduced ~70 issues back.
Can't wait for Palmiotti & Grey All-Star Western.

Edited by longbowhunter

Correct, a near perfect issue of Jonah Hex. Ever since I saw this cover solicited months ago I've been dying to read this story, and it did not disappoint. Mr. Lemire your 2 for 2 this week.
Posted by No_Name_

@DoomDoomDoom said:

I saw this cover and just drooled in the store. I've never read a Jonah Hex title though and like everyone else I didn't see the movie either. Your review has piqued my interest and I'll probably pick this issue up regardless but would you consider this a fair starting point for someone unfamiliar with the character?

Sure! You'll enjoy it, I promise!

Posted by CombatSpoon86
@Babs:  
I just bought this today based on your review Babs. Looks great the cover is something to behold as well. Didn't know that Lemire was penciling it. This will be my first Jonah Hex issue I've ever read so I am excited about it. This might make me decide to try out ALL STAR WESTERN but I think this might be better in trade format.
Posted by thechessclub

I got this today. Thank you(!) for this review because this Lemire appearance might have passed me by otherwise. I like his body of work but my girlfriend LOVES it. She freaks out when a new issue of Sweet Tooth comes out so I got this to give to her...after I read it of course=P

Posted by keith71_98

While I enjoyed the issue I wouldn't call it perfect. I thought the story was fantastic but Lemire's art wasn't that great. While it did capture the tone of the story it was a little to scribbly and inconsistent for me.