[The TPB Vault] ‘The Sixth Gun’
Every once in a while you pick up a trade of a series you skipped or missed out on. Inevitably, the trade in question is mind-blowing and you kick yourself for not catching it an issue at a time. (Don’t Locke & Key yourself like me) That’s the beauty of trades though and they’re coming out quicker than ever – and in more volume. This happened to me again with the wonderfully evil and weird The Sixth Gun. The old west and horror are a perfect marriage. You might think the mash-up doesn’t work, but it’s an easy sell for me. America was a rapidly developing time after the Civil War, and the old west was crawling with common thugs trying to make a quick buck, prostitution, and remnants of the Confederacy not so quick to accept defeat. The political climate alone sets the stage in my opinion. The official synopsis for book one:
During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.
The Sixth Gun has a slick hero, Drake Sinclair, the focused gunfighter who stares evil in the face – just the kind of gunslinger protagonist we adore. Sinclair is paired with the reluctant and tragic hero, Becky Montcief, a buxom redhead that compliments the title nicely. Bunn and Hurtt lured me in and kept me there. The writing and art are hypnotic and sometimes just flat-out perfect – this is the kind of book that I get lost in. Mysterious and engaging, filled with the darkest ghouls the west had to offer, this book is incredible. Pick up volume one while I wait to say “I told you so.” I can’t recommend this one enough.
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