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12/14/2005 Entry: "Jonah Hex 1.0 vs 2.0"

The new and old Jonah Hex series.

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Well, aspects of the new Jonah Hex series, volume 1 and 2, have been bothering me, but this is the first time I've had a chance to write about it. Some will call it nitpicks and they are welcome to do so:

1. Jonah Hex 1 2006 is, at bottom, the same story as Jonah Hex 1 1977:

A little boy, Tommy Royden (JH 1.0.1) or Jacob Foster (JH 2.0.1) is kidnapped from his wealthy family and forced to fight other little boys (JH 1.0.1) or dogs in a pit (JH 2.0.1). His father hires Jonah to find him and bring him home. Jonah finds him, but the kid is already dead (JH 1.0.1) or about to die (JH 2.0.1). Jonah avenges his death by making the boy-abusing kidnappering fight promoters fight each other until they fall off a cliff (JH 1.0.1) or he ties one up, pours blood on him, and lets the dogs in the pit tear him apart (JH 2.0.1). Jonah takes the kid's body home for burial to find that Mr. Royden has died (JH 1.0.1) or Mr. Foster is still alive (JH 2.0.1) and rides off without getting paid. The end.

I loved the prologue to JH 2.0.1, it was very Jonah Hex avenging a murdered woman. However, I found the retelling of JH 1.0.1 was very lurid, creepy, and not as well done as JH 1.0.1. The ending of JH 1.0.1 is so painful, it didn't need any explanation.

Art:

Other than that it was the first story of the old run, I'm not sure why the writers choose to retell this story. Beau Smith over at Silver Bullet wrote that it was a homage to the original series. Well, okay.

2. Jonah's guns:

Somewhere late in the letters of Weird Western Tales, a big discussion broke out because a new artist had drawn Jonah without the gun he wears tucked into his belt in front of his Grays (see scan below). Huge huge huge discussion, and that issue, whichever one it is, is the only issue Jonah has side holsters. I thought it was kind of silly when I first read those letters, but seeing Jonah Hex 2.0.2, I was a little shocked to be shocked.

Art:

So, those are my nitpicks in Issue 1 and 2 of JH 2.0. Oh, and the art in the new series leaves me cold. Maybe I'll learn to like it. Maybe not. Not much compares for me to Tim Truman's work "Two Gun Mojo" and "Riders of the Worm." And there you have it.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson

 

 

 

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