All Star Western #12 Review

All Star Western #12

Tallulah Black cuts loose in All Star Western #12!

All Star Western #12

While the followers of the Crime Bible plan to sacrifice Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham in a smoldering inferno, Tallulah Black slices her way through some of the followers and crooked cops who search the mansion for her.  As she cuts each one down brutally, Hex reveals his conversation with Mr. Wayne at his casino.  After being attacked by Crime Bible followers, Wayne decides to assist Hex as the bounty hunter makes his final play against the followers.  As thanks for helping bring these murderers to justice, Wayne decides to fund Dr. Arkham’s desire to build an asylum to help the insane.  Just as things seem to be wrapping up nicely, a man introducing himself as Reginald Forsythe invite the three heroes for a drink to discuss business on behalf of his employer – a certain Scottish man named Mr. Jekyll.

In the second part of the Terrence 13 backup, 13 uncovers the mystery of the ghostly highway criminal and uses his powers of deduction to find who has been behind all the robberies just outside of Gotham.

For fans of the Justin Gray/Jimmy Palmiotti created Tallulah Black, this will likely become one of your most favorite comics of the series.  Her systematic dealing with her pursuers is handled so well by both writers and artist Moritat.  There’s an intensity to the scene that’s paced so well visually that every frame is dripping with excitement.  It simply shows how cool of a character Tallulah is because she even takes two blades to the shoulders but keeps coming.

The only real problem I have with this issue in particular is how both the main story is wrapped up and how the Terrance 13 story is concluded.  In the main story, the dialog is a little clunky.  It’s like the final chapter of the Crime Bible arc was just short of what it needed to be.  So there’s a lot of people saying “Thanks”, and “Well, I need to get out of here.”, and “Me too, I should probably head on out of here.”  It’s a little flat compared to what we come to expect from this duo.  The Terrence 13 story could have used an extra part as well.  I liked how he figured out who was behind the crime, but a lot of it was told in retrospect after the criminal hung for killing a cop.  At that point, the whys and wherefores are no longer really necessary.  I would have liked to see that before the hanging.  Plus, there’s a real stiffness in the characters when Mr. Rood (the thief of the story) has accidentally killed his wife and blames Terrence 13 for the killing.  At the end, 13 explains that it wasn’t just his fault and all of it can be blamed on Rood’s actions.  This would have been nice to hear him say directly to Rood instead of just saying, “It’s not my fault…” a couple times.  I’m not sure if the intent was to show Terrence 13 as a particularly hard man who isn’t excitable when a crazed criminal is screaming at him, but it reads a little awkwardly.

The dialog and pacing problems aside in both stories’ conclusions, this book still shines for one reason alone…  Tallulah Black.  That first part of the Hex story is so damn cool that if you were charged $4 for just those pages, you’d come away pretty happy.


Pros Cons
Great Tallulah Black action. Usual cool art from both Moritat in the Hex story and Scott Kollins in the Terrence 13 story. Rough dialog and pacing at the end of both stories.

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