Sixth Gun is a great example of a series that uses covers to tease the reader into the story. Each month, the main image on the cover provides the general idea that will be covered in the issue, while the smaller image on the top third of the cover provides a glimpse of one of the scenes. In all matters of design and theme, Sixth Gun is an artwork in tune with itself. Only a few creators work on this book each month, allowing easier collaboration for this team rather than the handful of creators and editors involved in projects at the big two companies.
In issue #4, we pick up directly where we left off from last month with one of General Hume’s evil soldiers holding Becky at gunpoint. In their unfortunate meeting, Becky and the evil gunmen have accidentally trespassed on the territory of a thunderbird. I’m not talking about a classic car or a program to manage your email. A thunderbird in the world of Sixth Gun is a creature that looks similar to a gryphon. For those readers who may not remember, a gryphon has the body of a lion and the wings, talons, and head of an eagle. The difference between the mythical creatures is that a thunderbird is apparently the size of a barn!
This issue is packed with action as General Hume continues to pursue Becky and as the thunderbird attacks Hume and his men. Surprisingly, this issue has six pages where one word balloon or less is used, and these lines of dialogue consist of sound effects like sigh, gasp, and hrrr…. In fact, one could hardly call these pages silent, as the written sound effects figure so prominently into the art. The sound effect phrases are layered on top of one another in some panels to create an audio background as dense as a summer blockbuster. If you could hear this book in the movie theater, you would need earplugs.
Sixth Gun is one of my favorite new series, and the reveals of each issue draw me deeper into this mystical version of the Wild West.
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