“Halloween in Hell Town”
Writers: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: David Michael Beck
Publisher: DC Comics
Let me tell you a story.
Five years ago, due to a severe bout of lunacy, I lost my best friend. I turned into a nutjob, and she couldn’t take it so she hit the road.
About two months ago, we started up an email exchange and seemed to be well on our way to renewing our friendship. Then, this time for reasons I don’t understand, she hit the road again.
What’s my point? Not sure why you should care about this story?
Well good, because that’s exactly how I feel about Jonah Hex #24.
Warning: I don’t know how to critique this anemic plot without resorting to spoilers, so they’re lurking up ahead. You’ve been warned.
So Hex is hanging out with Bat Lash when he gets a hooker-gram telling him to vamoose over to a brothel run by an old friend of his. There he meets up with El Diablo, who temporarily gives Hex his powers so Hex can go kill some demons, which he does. The end.
Yeah. OK. High Plains Drifter it is not.
OK. Let’s look at the good. First off, Beck’s art is gorgeous, if you can describe panel after panel of bare-knuckle boxing, Hex’s hideous mug and demons being blasted back to hell as gorgeous. If you can, this qualifies. Second, the dialogue is terrific. Bat Lash is a lot of fun and Hex’s lines are so awesomely cool that it seems like his word balloons could take me ‘round back, beat me up and take my lunch money.
Beyond that, though, there just isn’t much to recommend this issue. In fact, this book has been on a downward spiral overall as of late, with #23 being a noteworthy exception. It’s getting to the point that if you’ve read one issue of Hex, you’ve read them all.
If you’re a hardcore Hex fan, if you’re a demon fetishist, or if you like bare-knuckle boxing, check this one out. If you’re not any of those things, save your $2.99. If you’re name is Ericka, good luck to you and I’ll drop you a line in another five years.
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