The GeeksverseThe Sixth Gun #7

The Sixth Gun #7
Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by

Published by: Oni Press
Written by: Cullen Bunn
Illustrated & Lettered by: Brian Hurtt
Colored by: Bill Crabtree
Editor: Charlie Chu

Starting the next chapter in the ongoing Sixth Gun and it doesn’t seem like Bunn is going to let off the accelerator. He doesn’t leave any of the previous stuff in the past, this arc growing naturally off of the events of the last issues. It’s refreshing because most books nowadays are written in arcs, this one seems a true ongoing.

There’s a slight break between #6 and this issue, but it’s not the start of a new arc as it’s just a regrouping. Previous plot points are mentioned and are still a major driving point of this issue. New characters are introduced and a new plot, which is pushed along by the previous. Drake wants to find a way to get rid of the guns.

This issue reveals more of the supernatural cowboy world of The Sixth Gun, focusing on New Orleans and the richness of that area. Bunn does a great job of introducing the new elements, it flows out of the story, enough information given for us to enjoy, but not enough that it detracts from the story.

Bunn’s script flows smoothly, each character having a distinctive voice. I miss Billjohn O’Henry, but am glad he’s still going to have a presence in the book. I think that story is far from done. Kirby Hale seems like he’ll fit in well with the rest of the cast, providing a good counter to Drake’s haunted and dark character. Gord could use some more development, as he seems the weakest of the cast and some more explanation on the hotel where they are staying at would be nice.

I have to comment on the covers to this series. Hurtt has done a great job with them, providing two images with the title’s logo dividing them. None of them contrast with eachother, but stand apart so they don’t blend together. I’m curious how long it takes him to do one and get it just right.

His art in the title itself is excellant. He is able to provide the golem Billjohn with expressions without having much of a face. His work is very detailed, but consistent throughout the issue. He uses a fairly basic page layout, all art within the rectangular and square grids of the page, sizes differing. But he does it extremely well. He doesn’t need to break the panels for the action to draw the eye, and the layouts keep the story flowing smoothly.

The Sixth Gun #7 receives
4 out of 5

Very good book and keeps getting better.

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