All-Star Western #6

Writer: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Moritat Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 22, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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Jonah Hex fights a giant bat to the death! But even with his winged foe slain, will he and Amadeus Arkham survive being trapped in a cave with the lost tribe of Miagani Indians? Hex and Arkham must enlist help including some familiar faces and some surprising saviors if they're going to make it out of this death trap and bring justice to the enslaver of Gotham's underprivileged children. Plus: The Barbary Ghost proves that a girl can be a gang boss's worst nightmare when she has vengeance on her mind.

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 22, 2012

    This backup story, much like the El Diablo story in issues 2 and 3, is short, but there's a classic feel to it. These types of quick hit stories was a staple of old DC and Marvel anthologies of the 70s and early 80s. While they aren't as deep or decompressed as the comics we read these days, they give just the right amount of story and action in their fast paced format to be entertaining. I guess a good way to approach a back up story is to not expect anything that would be on the same level as the main story. They are short format for a reason and they are written to be just that – quick and fun. Phil Winslade's art in the Barbary Ghost story is not only fits the story well, but also fits the series too. It looks like it belongs in All Star Western, but it also fits the art style of those old anthology books. That makes the entire series feel like I've gotten a box full of old western books and it makes the experience reading it all that much more fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Feb 27, 2012

    The art is without reproach in both stories and the combination of art and colouring carries a wonderfully faded grittiness to it that really brings out every mood and facet of the excellent layouts and detailing and I look forward to much more of the same in issues ahead! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 27, 2012

    This creative team has had a long, strong run on Hex, and it continues here - and given the guest stars who appear on the last page of the Hex story, the future should be very interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Charles Joy Feb 25, 2012

    I am glad that the Jonah story has come to a transition point even though the same old plot will bleed over into the next issue. The change of venue and addition of some new characters should bring new life to the story - at least this is my hope. I still love the gritty, violent and action packed nature of his journey, but like Jonah, it shouldn't remain stagnant for any period of time, lest interest be lost. The conclusion to the Barbary story was satisfying. They even managed to include an unexpected twist which allows for future stories to be told. While it was a good three issue run, I am looking forward to the next secondary story in this All-Star book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Feb 22, 2012

    If you are one of those people who is really stuck on continuity, then you won't mind taking a trip back in time to find out how some of the concepts we see in current continuity relate to Gotham's past. How far back goes the history of the Court of Owls really go? Definitely an interesting read, but not altogether new reader friendly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 22, 2012

    The Barbary Ghost backup tale proves entertaining in its final chapter, if also a bit rushed in its own way. Luckily, the story leaves room for more adventures with this unique Western heroine. And both the lead and backup features boast impressive visuals. Moritat delivers some of his moodiest and most consistent work of the series to date. And Phil Winslade's bold figures and striking imagery go a long way towards elevating the Barbary Ghost pages. Hopefully he can continue to play a role in this series as it moves forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 29, 2012

    Some great art and a solid wrap to Hex's second arc gets weighed down by a highly disappointing finale to the back-up. Can you say mixed feelings? Read Full Review

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