“The Night of the Owls” might be menacing Batman and his allies in the present day by Jonah Hex got them first!
All Star Western #9
The August 7 have captured Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham and plan to blow them up along with an immigrant ship. However, the joke’s on the August 7 as a set up is revealed all along. As Hex and Arkham free themselves, Nighthawk and Cinnamon spring into action to stop the domestic terrorists. Across town, Thurston Moody, the whole reason for Hex being in New Orleans is being chased down by a Talon sent by the Court of Owls to make sure no one else comes as close as Hex did to discovering the plans for Gotham City. Three weeks later, in Gotham, a discussion about a land deal is interrupted by none other than Tallulah Black.
In the backup story, Nighthawk and Cinnamon is finally face to face with the arch-nemesis they’ve been tracking down the whole time. After taking care of their business, they discuss how they plan to spend the rest of their lives tied to New Orleans and each other.
The great thing about reading a Jonah Hex story, and this is either in the New 52′s All Star Western or in previous Jonah Hex series, is that Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti is sure to entertain. It’s also safe to say that neither series was ever really, truly “plot driven”. It’s always been about Hex. In this new series, Hex remains as great as ever, but he also has Amadeus Arkham along for the ride. Arkham has turned out to be one of the most surprising supporting characters in the new DCU. The two of them together is just fantastic to read in every new issue of All Star Western. Even when other characters like Nighthawk and Cinnamon come in, the interaction with Hex is priceless. Hex is such a surly character everyone else’s reaction to his abrasive attitude gives this book a pep that’s not really matched in any other book out there.
On the art side, Moritat still thrills and is such a great match for this series. His action is top-notch and each frame is full of cool stuff to stare at for a while. He’s even given some great opportunities to showcase different shots and scenes in splash pages that are simply gorgeous. Even Patrick Scherberger’s art in the backup story fits so well that from front to back you just get to immerse yourself in the western genre.
And now Tallulah Black is back and certainly going to be handful for Jonah in the issues to come.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Entertaining story and interestingly tied to Night of the Owls as a kicker. Great art from front to back. Nice set up for the next arc.||I expected a bit more to the Night of the Owls event, but the pure entertainment of the story shines above it.|
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