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Review: Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex
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5:32 am
11/22/2010


Ian

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Hex is the classic anti-hero, a staple of the Western genre: that dirty jerk we just know is the best of 'em all.


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5:25 pm
11/24/2010


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Great review! I realy love Jonah Hex, especialy a love character like Jonah, Bat Lash, John Constantine becouse he is bastards but still hero (antihero)

5:27 pm
11/24/2010


Ian

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Absolutely. There's such a pull to characters like that. While I still love me some Superman, Batman is probably more popular because for the same reasons. Ditto Wolverine.

Perhaps it's more moving to see their best moments when we're also aware of their worst.

9:12 pm
12/02/2010


Review: Jonah Hex: G

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[...] still recommend checking out the previous trade, Face Full of Violence, first (and the classic Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex to secure maximum enjoyment.)Back to the theme of vengeance. This is a motif close to the heart of [...]

1:16 pm
12/03/2010


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The B&W pages here look great! That's always my worry with Showcase Presents and Essential volumes — you can never tell if they're readable without color until you've bought the book. (For example, good luck trying to decipher Jim Lee's pencils in some of the later Essential X-Men volumes!)

I think I mentioned before that I was torn between this volume and Welcome to Paradise; if I had to pick one at this point I think I'd pick the Showcase Presents, but honestly I think I'll get them both…this one for the "completist" in me and the other to see some of the stories in color and to read some later issues.

1:21 pm
12/03/2010


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Hopefully my reviews can help a little with guessing the readability. I'll be hitting a lot of showcase volumes once we get into the silver age, at any rate. Might be a bit though, haha.

I'm very happy to have them both, but I'm sure you can tell that I agree that the Showcase is the better buy. Not only because of more pages for the money, but just because Hex's evolution flows a lot better here. It's just too condensed sometimes in Welcome to Paradise, and loses a lot of flavor while looking to focus on the 'story.'

1:28 pm
12/03/2010


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I hear ya. And yeah, good luck keeping up the pace of a review a day once you get into the Showcases! You'll need it…either that, or drugs to keep you awake 24/7.

I actually think DC's art style actually stayed "cleaner" a lot longer than Marvel's did though, so I don't think you'll run into too many problems. And there are a lot less 1970s Showcases than there are 1970s Essentials (although some of Marvel's 1970s horror books actually do look really good in black and white). It's mostly the 1980s and '90s Marvel comics that look awful in B&W, and there aren't too many Showcases like that. The only ones I can think of are Booster Gold and Batman & The Outsiders, both of which look pretty damn good.

1:31 pm
12/03/2010


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hahaha I knowwww, it's gonna be a slog at times. I'm really going to have to alternate between 80s and 90s trades I've already read and the showcase books I'm working through. I've read a lot of the non-showcase stuff from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, though, so that should make it a bit easier.

It's true, DC seems to mostly reserve their phonebook format for 60s stuff, though I'm hoping we'll see a lot more early 80s strangeness collected in some form.

I do have a couple Essentials I'd like to get into at some point, but since they're not really on my to do list and look kind of hard to fit in, I'm not sure when I'll be able to. I've got Ghost Rider and Moon Knight, I think.

2:16 pm
12/03/2010


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I have the first Essential Moon Knight trade and the art in it looks great, although I haven't read the whole thing yet. Part of that, I think, is because a bunch of the stories in the middle were originally published in Hulk! Magazine, which was black and white.

I have the first two Ghost Rider volumes as well, and while they're readable, there are definitely points when you can tell that color would enhance the story.

2:20 pm
12/03/2010


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ah yeah, I think I heard that. I didn't even know about Hulk Magazine until this year, when I was researching for the Marvel section of this site. Interesting – "magazine" probably to get around comic code restrictions, right?

6:21 pm
12/03/2010


Review: Jonah Hex: L

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[...] dug it (obviously) but I think you may be able to jump right in on this one.Nevertheless, read Showcase Presents Jonah Hex and/or Jonah Hex: Welcome to Paradise.Follow that up with Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence, Jonah [...]

6:11 pm
12/07/2010


Review: Jonah Hex: B

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[...] not particularly needed for understanding the main superhero oriented universe.Read first: Read Showcase Presents Jonah Hex and/or Jonah Hex: Welcome to Paradise.Follow that up with Jonah Hex: Face Full of [...]

5:27 am
12/11/2010


Review: Jonah Hex: T

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[...] all on account of Quintin Turnbull. We last saw him in Welcome to Paradise (and the Showcase Presents) where he did his best to make life miserable for Hex (since Turnbull blames Jonah for his [...]

11:21 pm
12/16/2010


Review: Showcase Pre

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[...] darker than their Bronze Age Westerns.While published at the same time, those 70s cowboys took a more nonchalant or even slapstick approach to killing.The soldiers were much more conflicted, representing their [...]

7:02 am
12/13/2012


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Vol 2 has at last been re-solicited; due July 2013

4:53 am
06/23/2013


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10:04 am
08/28/2013


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10:06 am
08/28/2013


etragedy

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I did not write the above thing that starts "My spouse and I…" there must be some site glitch.

What I did writer was:

I finally made it through the Jonah Hex-es up to this point. Wondering if vol. 2 is out yet? (It's now Aug. 2013)


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