The Sixth Gun #12 – Oni Press
This book had been on my radar for a while but my LCS didn’t have it and I wasn’t liquid enough to ask them to order yet another title for me. So at #NYCC this year I went looking for them. It took me a while but when I came upon their booth there were two guys in it just hanging out talking. If you’ve ever been to Comic Con you know it’s a madhouse you can never be sure who’s in a booth, it may be the artist, the writer, the publisher or somebody’s aunt you really never know. So I remark that I’d been wanting to check this book out for a while and just hadn’t gotten the chance. And this to me is what makes #NYCC great, I spent the next 5 minutes discussing the series with Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt. Two really cool nice guys who assured me that issue #12 was a great jumping on point and I should give it a shot.
From the synopsis: 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.
We find our cast of characters on a train Drake Sinclair and Becky Montcrief (who are in possession of 5 of the 6 guns) along with Brother Roberto escorting the body of Gen. Hume (the big bad) to “Holy Ground”. Seems though they’ve tried before the General doesn’t want to stay dead. Hot on their trail is the General’s wife (widow?) Missy Hume, possessor of the 6th gun, who wants not only her husband but the rest of the guns as well. What follows is a huge on the run gunfight between our heroes and a bunch of undead bad guys!
Violent and creepy but not over the top (this ain’t Walking Dead or Jonah Hex) the gore is kept to a minimum with the introduction of a very freaky looking bad guy at the end. I’d heartily recommend this book to fans of western’s, the occult, zombies and just really well written beautifully drawn comics!
I know I’ll be sticking around for the next issue.