Have you read The Sixth Gun yet? You should. You really, really should.
Because it’s unlike anything you’ve read before, yet familiar and comforting like home cooking.
But, first some context: The Sixth Gun is a western/horror comic from Cullen Bunn, a comics vet who’s written such titles as Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Deadpool Killustrated, as well as a bunch of the Fear Itself comics. The story follows Becky Montclief, a tough redhead who inherits a sweet gun, and Drake Sinclair, a Mal Reynolds-type with a pencil ‘stache and a past. The two of them run from a pissed-off undead general and his wife, as well as his henchmen and their guns, each with its own unique imbued power.
Simple, enough, yeah?
After a short prologue, you’re thrown right into the story and the action never lets up. You ride along with Becky and Drake as they attempt to fight off “husk people,” take on an entire saloon (aww yiss) and watch in horror as the general’s wife loses a hand and — well, just see what happens:
As you can see, Brian Hurtt‘s no slouch in the drawing room, either. His lines are crisp, the shadows terrifying and they still exude fun.
And therein lies the key to this whole series — fun.
Whether you’re revelling in a character’s rebirth as a husk person/guardian, watching the general struggle with hubris and his chains, or fearing for Becky’s life as the living embodiment of thunder comes to life, there’s a grin as wide as the Cheshire Cat’s spread across your face. It’s a fascinating study in writing comics that feel so modern, yet harken back to the comics of yore.
So if you’re feeling it, grab a copy of the first trade. You’ll be hooked immediately.