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The Sixth Gun #3

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The Sixth Gun #3

Credits

  • Words: Cullen Bunn
  • Art: Brian Hurtt
  • Publisher: Oni Press
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Aug 18, 2010

Ahh, the plot thickens…

In this third chapter of Oni Press’ The Sixth Gun, collaborators Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt reveal more of the history of the mystical firearm and Drake Sinclair’s connection to the evil, undead Oliandar Bedford Hume. Each issue of this series continues to build upon the next, in terms of both plotting and sheer quality.

Bunn and Hurtt have really settled into this story and gotten comfortable in the skins of their characters. Motivations become clearer, as does the source of Hume’s enforcers’ supernatural powers. Some mysteries only deepen though, such as the true motives behind Sinclair’s quest for the Sixth Gun and how far he’s willing to go to win it.

Traipsing through the desert sage, on the run from Hume’s infernal posse, Sinclair and his companions travel Hurtt’s stunningly rendered landscapes. The wide open spaces of the Old West yawn before the little party offering no escape from their pursuers despite its size and beauty. Hurtt’s artwork translates the world found in Bunn’s script to virtual perfection, realizing in his rendering of the setting, a living, breathing place and consequently allowing the characters to truly thrive.

Bunn continues to frame his story using a western-accented third person narration but uses it sparingly so that it only serves to accentuate the tone of the story by establishing scenes vividly in the reader’s imagination. His characters also show real growth from one issue to the next, as we find out more about each of them organically and without a feeling of overwrought intrusiveness.

Month in and month out, I’ve looked forward to reading The Sixth Gun – no mean feat, as I seem to prefer my comics in bunches more often, these days. There are a lot of hybrid genre books out there nowadays, mixing and matching conventions and archetypes, plot devices and technique. Some are more successful than others. Many of them seem to be either cashing in on a trend or of sub-standard quality. That isn’t to say there aren’t some hidden gems out there – The Walking Dead springs immediately to mind.

Thanks to smart storytelling and a fully realized fictional world that manages to truly resonate in the imagination, The Sixth Gun races ahead of the genre-bending pack with ingenuity, passion, and craftsmanship. Not just another zombie book and certainly not just another spaghetti western, this is a book that transcends both genres with respect and no little amount of flair.

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