Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jonah Hex No Way Back

Anyone who reads the monthly Jonah Hex comic, written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and drawn by a rotating line-up of great artists, already knows what a great, consistently entertaining comic it is. The Jonah Hex No Way Back original hardcover graphic novel that came out this week, also written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, provides more of their Jonah Hex high octane entertainment with a story that gets to run rampant over 130 pages. Jonah Hex No Way Back is a story about Jonah Hex's early family life and how that's made him the hard gunning, no compromising character he is and plays well to people new and old to the Jonah Hex character.

I hope the upcoming Jonah Hex movie is good, but while reading Jonah Hex No Way Back, I was thinking that if the Jonah Hex movie used as their story this story, the movie would universally be considered one of the best movie Westerns in some time.
In addition to the great treat that a lengthened Gray and Palmiotti Jonah Hex story is, the biggest treat on display in Jonah Hex No Way Back is legendary artist Tony DeZuniga, returning to a character he is the co-creator of and a character he'd drawn for years. Tony DeZuniga had drawn comics in his native country, the Philippines, for years prior to drawing comics for DC and later Marvel in the late 1960's and went on to draw for both companies (and others) well into the 1980's. So while Tony DeZuniga drew comics for years, it's been years since he's done so, but the gritty art style he uses for Jonah Hex No Way Back, perfectly fits this gritty story.
This photo was taken at this year's San Francisco Wondercon convention in early April. Meeting and being in a photo with Tony DeZuniga was one of my highlights of that convention (photo taken by his wife). And I'd like to say thanks again for all of the great comics you've drawn over the years, Tony DeZuniga!

1 comment:

beamertravis said...

Hey Ralph,

Glad to hear the Jonah Hex GN reads more like a straight western story than a weird western tale, like the movie is shaping up to be. May just have to buy this one...

Thanks,

Wayne

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