Friday, 20 September 2013

The Sixth Gun, Volume 3: Bound by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, and Tyler Crook Review

Drake, Becky and the Brotherhood of the Sword of Abraham are escorting General Hume’s locked coffin back to the Brotherhood’s fortress but the General’s wife, the witchy Missy Hume, is mustering her dark forces to save her husband once more. Meanwhile Gord Cantrell heads to his former master’s home to find a way to destroy the guns - and face some personal demons.

The Sixth Gun series continues to be a thrilling delight and, three books in, shows no sign of slowing. In this book alone we have a daring train heist, a giant mummy, and a fortress breakout and that’s not even counting the emotional upheavals in Gord and Becky’s stories! Early on Drake gets separated from the group so the characters we follow in this book are mostly Becky and Gord and we’re also introduced to a new character - Asher Cobb, the giant mummy.

The book contains what readers of the series love best: wild west action and dollops of supernatural craziness thrown in. Asher Cobb’s story is tragic and mesmerising, almost Shakespearean in some details, drawn by Tyler Crook as series regular artist Brian Hurtt sits out one issue. You’ve got zombies attacking a speeding train and ghosts aplenty - I really want to talk about details in the book but don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it.  

I’ll say that Gord gets some much needed character work while Becky continues to be a brilliant heroine who manages to get herself out of some pretty sticky situations with her wits and her gun. Drake’s fate is a tantalising one as all members of the group are scattered but it looks like it’s up to Becky herself to save him and, given her practicality and skill shown so far, I’d say she’s more than capable of saving the man damsel in distress. And of course Brian Hurtt’s art again is absolutely incredible. The sequences at the estate of Braxton Bell Hood were just amazing: haunting and desolate one minute, colourful and bursting with life the next - Hurtt is an artist who is so versatile, he can do it all and do it all with such panache and vision, it’s unbelievable. If I see his name on a book, I’m picking it up - The Sixth Gun has made me a fan of his for life!

The Sixth Gun, Volume 3: Bound is another fine book in the series that won’t disappoint readers - and if you’re not reading this series, guys, check it out, it is a straight up awesome comic. 

The Sixth Gun Volume 3: Bound

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