THE SIXTH GUN VOL. 1 (Oni Press, 2013; Hardcover)
Collects The Sixth Gun Nos. 1-11 (cover dates May, 2010- April, 2011)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Hurtt
Colorist: Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree
My OCD homeskillet, Ferjo Byroy insisted...nay, demanded that I read this book which is his current obsession. After much dodging, I agreed...if he would loan it to me. This book is pretty straightforward. There are six guns that carry a curse, and when they are all brought together they can open a portal that is a treasure...or a curse, depending on one's viewpoint. All signs point to it being a curse.
The writing is crisp and moves at a decent clip without feeling like it is lazy or a ripoff. There is plenty of action and macabre happenings that should please fans of horror comics. This horror/old west hybrid has been employed a number of times elsewhere. This isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. It is presented with a freshness that makes it entertaining and worth a read. I enjoyed it but not enough to buy it. Truth be told, I have too many irons in the fire now and can't keep up with this stupid
hobby lifestyle any more.
The artwork and coloring are decent and have a borderline cartoony style to them that keeps things lighter than the subject matter otherwise would be. If you had a more photo realistic penciler or a more heavy handed colorist this would feel more like a straight up horror story. As it stands it is more lighthearted and fun. There are certainly far worse books on the stands these days. If horror tinged old west gunfighters sounds like your cup of tea then this should do you nicely. Maybe I'll even borrow the next hardcover from Ferjo. Maybe.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone- This book is huge, standing 13.2 inches (33.582 centimeters for the non-English system of measurement outside of the United States) tall. It also has a built in ribbon bookmark. Some fans really like this, I could not care less.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: The previously web comic exclusive story Them What Ails Ya (22 pages).
22 page cover gallery including the Free Comic Book Day, Volume 1 and 2 trade paperback covers, as well as cover roughs.
Artwork from original pitch (12 pages).
Production artwork (13 pages).
Art print for Challenger's Comics Chicago, IL. (1 page).
Creator biographies (3 pages).
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Thick uncoated stock with zero sheen under any light source.
Binding rating: 5 out of 5. Smyth sewn binding, 10 stitches per signature. The book block appears to be glued square to the casing. It does not flex or hollow at all. The book does lay mostly flat, so it doesn't matter.
Hardback casewrap coating rating: 5 out of 5. Spot varnishing complimenting a thick waxlike coating, making this a highly durable hardback.