Six Gun Gorilla #1
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Six Gun Gorilla #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Jeff Stokely Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: June 12, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 1
8.4Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

Welcome to "the Blister" -- a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jun 13, 2013

    Whoa! What the heck was that? Simon Spurrier unleashes a new sci-fi series that will just floor you with its inventive plot and original premise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 12, 2013

    And after all that, I didn't even talk about the characters! They're interesting and there's enough humanity instilled in the protagonist for you to root for him. The gorilla doesn't get a lot of play this issue"he's used more as a surprise at the end"but judging by his guru-like demeanor I'm sure we'll get a lot of him next month. This is an impeccable first issue made all the more strong due to its pacing and structure. Buy this book! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jun 12, 2013

    Jeff Stokely's art is on another plane of existence. Page after page, your jaw will drop at the frantic detail, the scratchy intensity. If you just read the stuff that goes on in this issue, you would probably laugh. It's unreal beyond belief. But, Stokely's cartooning gives it life and makes it engrossing. Seriously, even if this thing didn't have a word printed on it, it'd be worth your money. It's a visual feast that'll fill you up like Thanksgiving and still, some how, leave you wanting more. The wait for the next issue is going to be a long one. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Addicts - Anant Sagar Jun 17, 2013

    This is a Sci-fi western debut that has exploded and it leaves me begging for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Jun 13, 2013

    At first, I wasn't too keen on the story, but after a reread, I loved it. It's full of some great sci-fi moments, but also has some nice nods to the original material. The world of Blister and the state of Earth are both things that a sci-fi fan can get caught up in and enjoy. Perfect for fans of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Jun 13, 2013

    SGG #1 is loaded with social commentary and a bit of the old ultra-violence " it's the perfect remedy for the oft uttered complaint of "all the books are too similar". Spurrier draws you in with character and then punches you, repeatedly, in the face, with high concept sci-fi. You could drop ANYTHING on your pull list for this series and you wouldn't regret it. Stokely's art is the perfect match, as are Andre May's colours. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 15, 2013

    A goofy high-concept gimmick can be death for any story, and this comic combines that with the fact that it's a reboot of an old, musty public domain character who's in even less demand these days than someone like The Shadow or The Green Hornet. But Spurrier and Stokely overcome these handicaps with passion and sincerity, and whatever lingering doubts remain are dispelled by their engagement with the context of their work. While Dynamite comics (to use the most obvious example) seems to be desperate to convince us that the unreconstructed heroes of the pulp era are still relevant, Six Gun Gorilla works to shape them into something new. That's the only way pulp, as a genre, is going to escape being trapped in amber. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 15, 2013

    Jeff Stokely's artwork is something quite unique but wholly effective and entertaining. His style looks a bit like a cross between the weird but simple approach of Jeff (Sweet Tooth) Lemire or Scott (Ancient Joe) Morse, and the kinetic, elongated lines of Rafael (American Vampire) Albuquerque's work. The designs for the sci-fi elements - from the giant tortoises making their way across a barren landscape to the steampunk weaponry - are striking and inventive, but more importantly, especially given the nature of the title character, Stokely conveys an over-the-top sense of action and motion. Despite its colorful title and protagonist, this comic book is likely to be overlooked by many, and it's definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jun 14, 2013

    This is a comic that surprised me on many level, be it with the concepts and the many ways it plays around with them or the lovely art by Jeff Stokely. Such a daring comic deserves some love and I urge people to try it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - John Scott Jun 14, 2013

    On every page I was like "WTF is going on here?" and was eagerly awaiting the next page. I'm totally gonna be picking up the rest of this series. Not much Gorilla gunning in this issue as they have to establish the status quo first, but the next issue certainly looks to be exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Leslie Love Jun 13, 2013

    That in itself is enough to intrigue any comic fan, and pair that with artist Jeff Stokelys gritty, angular art and colorist Andre Mays warm-hued color palate, (a combination that is a clear homage to the pulp era of comics) and you have the recipe for a great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jul 6, 2013

    A unique sci-fi world with action and a touch of wry humor compliments of both Si Spurrier's story and the perfectly matched art by Jeff Stokely. We meet the Gorilla near the end in spectacular fashion and are set up for what promises to be a roller-coaster ride of action, humor, and sci-fi/western mash-up goodness in issues #2-6. It's only the relative lack of the Gorilla's presence in more of the story that kept this from a higher grade, we'll be seeing more of him as the series progresses. I'm in for the duration! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 14, 2013

    Six-Gun Gorilla promises to kick it up a notch next issue, now that the title character has made his showy entrance by blowing some heads clean off. You might want to get in while the gettin's good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady Jun 14, 2013

    I'm already hooked on this story and The Six-Gun Gorilla was barely in it! I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 22, 2013

    For the originality and difference alone the comic is a buy. It definitely isn't for everyone and for it's title, there really is little gorilla in this first issue. It's all set-up in what might be the strangest comic of the year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 31, 2013

    The comic is more dystopian and less whimsical than I expected from the title. The world writer Simon Spurrier and artist Jeff Stokely throw is into takes awhile to get used to (and I could have done without the number of oddball sci-fi terms thrown in). I'm not sure it's a comic that I'll stick with it, but it's certainly worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 12, 2013

    While the notion of reality shows gone wrong is running a little thin, Spurrier takes a simple concept and drops it in with other simple concepts, but each of those notions is just a little left of center, mixing together into a bizarre gumbo that makes "Six-Gun Gorilla" #1 a comic book worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Ket's Comics - Michael Bowie Jun 20, 2013

    Is any of that a bad thing? No, it really isn't. The truth of the matter is that the ideas present here are executed quite well. By no means is this a bad book, it's just not a book that, knowing what I know now, I would run to pick up. I'll give the book another go next month, an hopefully find a great deal more gun-toting gorilla. Who knows, this may yet turn into something amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    JRenzi Jun 19, 2013

    An unexpected gem! Proving the old addage true, I mostly bought it for the gorilla on the cover. But the book turned out to be so much more than I expected. Great mix of very original high concept and surrealism with wry sense of humor. The art beautifully matches the tone and feel of the book. I am on board for the rest of the journey. Highly recommend!

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