All-Star Western #5

All-Star Western #5

Writer: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Moritat Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 25, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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Slippery sewer pipes make a brutal place for a fight but that won't stop Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham from facing off against a gang of kidnappers beneath Gotham City. And when the thugs get the best of them, Hex and Arkham find themselves swept away to a pitch-black cave with seemingly no way out and lots of bats! Will they find a way to escape Gotham City's dark underbelly before Hex's matches are all burned out? Also: For the Barbary Ghost, death is only the beginning of her plan for revenge!

  • 9.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Charles Joy Feb 29, 2012

    The Ghost (The Barbary Ghost Part 2) - We learn a great deal more about the Tsen family's tragedy in this, part two of the story. The torment of the protagonist is only matched with the horrific happenstance she is meant to endure. Thus, all the violence and anger doled out by Yan Mei in the first part are certainly justified as we see more of the back-story unfold. Surprisingly, this story will last at least another issue, as Yan Mei continues to hunt down the evil that has forsaken her family. This kind of story is truly haunting. It illustrates all the horrible conditions and situations people had to deal with on a daily basis as new arrivals to a land they thought would bring them peace - never suspecting it instead would leave them in pieces. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 2, 2012

    It's hard to write a Western that breaks out of the strict trappings of the genre, but Gray-Palmiotti are actually starting to do it, in two stories at once. Here's wishing them even more progress in issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 26, 2012

    I don't love paying $3.99 for a book, but when there is 28 pages of actual illustrated story content, with a quality creative team at the helm, it is a bit easier to swallow. I am hopefully optimistic that All-Star Western can have a run as impressive as Jonah Hex, both in terms of quantity and quality. I hope that leaning on the Bat-connections don't grow tiresome, and I hope that the backups continue to be a place to tell slightly left-of-center stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Jan 25, 2012

    The creative team has opened a lot of new doors by presenting new characters in this story and it will be interesting to see what happens next. Another beautiful issue. Definitely one of my favorite series of the "new 52." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Jan 27, 2012

    While this issue travels into more weird territory than what we've seen to this point, the issue is still very fun and gives Hex a lot more than just tracking and killing bad guys. While the backup is a bit generic in origins, the Barbary Ghost is also working as a new character with a lead that is not your typical western heroine. Overall, it's still a very fun issue and should please most fans of Hex and the genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 25, 2012

    Hopefully the writers will pick up the pace of the main story in issue #6, as reading about Hex and Arkham bickering and battling Bat people can only sustain the book for so long. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Jan 29, 2012

    In short, the issue was adequate, but poor artistic representation - and a few problems with plot - made All Star Western #5 much less enjoyable than it should have been. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 31, 2012

    CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 4/10 Read Full Review

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