Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Spotlight: The Sixth Gun
Artist: Brian Hurtt
Company: Oni Press
Supernatural. Western. Two genres that while different, oddly enough, when put together work hand in hand to create something new. This is shown to be true in the pages of The Sixth Gun, a book that bleeds both genres together in an unnatural comic book peanut butter and jelly sandwich to form something that is unique, interesting, and unforgettably captivating. The same creative team of The Sixth Gun were also responsible for another title, a book named The Damned. When The Damned came out, I was hooked immediately by it's Prohibition Era Monster tale and found Bunn's characters to be full of life. The Sixth Gun's premise/story and its characters are equally as intriguing, but what makes it stand out from
its predecessor is that the execution is more refined, leading to more heights of awesomeness.
The fast paced, good (and sometimes grey) versus evil story of The Sixth Gun revolves, as you might imagine, around six guns. Each one grants the bearer of said gun a special ability and are essentially evil creations that are meant to bring about the end times. Seems dire, which it is and should be, but not everything is pitch black and gloomy. The huge cast of characters, be them good or evil, often add moments of levity and are used to great effect to endear them to the reader and to tell the story. I was actually unsure of where writer Cullen (Fear Itself The Deep/The Tooth) Bunn would eventually take this story after the first arc, which sees our main characters take on a ruthless Civil War general named Hume that wants to bring about said apocalypse, but he has time and time again shown the possibilities that this world he has created has.
With an ever evolving plot that leads to the exploration of the bowls of both the Supernatural and Western genres, I can't wait to see what Bunn and Hurt come up with. It's refreshing, creepy, and downright fun. In other words, The Sixth Gun continues to do everything right.