The GeeksverseSix Guns #1

Six Guns #1
Published on Thursday, November 3, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Andy Diggle
Art by: David Gianfelice
Colored by: Dave McCaig
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Butch Guice w/ Jason Keith
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Alejandro Arbona

When this was solicitated, Diggle said that he wanted to update the western in Marvel. Six Guns was an old western story and this was Diggle’s new take in a new time. None of the characters, at least not yet, match up with the original Six Guns, but damn Diggle has done a great job making a modern western.

This is a western on motorcycles instead of horses. There’s a gang with it’s own moral code. There’s a vigilante lawman. There’s a woman that may be framed. All the ingredients of a good western tale are here, just in 2011 instead of the old west.

The script is solid. At no time were the actions of Black Rider not believable. Diggle did a good job selling that he was upset about the killing of the Ranger and resigned to the fact that it was going to cause bigger trouble down the road. Sometimes when a writer makes a criminal into a hero, or anti-hero, it’s a forced transformation. It doesn’t feel natural. But thats not an issue here because the Rider doesn’t really transform. Diggle establishes the moral code of the Rider and that he will end up helping Dawson is obvious, but not out of character.

The other characters established are as solid as the Rider. Their motivations as murky. Dawson isn’t going after the people that took Tarantula out of a sense of justice. He’s going after them out of a sense of revenge.

This is a solid western story. Fans of those books will enjoy this even though it’s in modern times. Diggle does that good a job.

The art by Gianfelice is very good. He chooses some interesting angles for the panels and his sharp/angular lines give the book a nice feel. Diggle’s story feels like a western and Gianfelice’s pencils make it look like a western. Could almost feel the dust swirling around the characters.

Six Guns #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

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