Review: THE SIXTH GUN #24

Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Brian Hurtt
Release Date: August 29, 2012

Bunn & Hurtt are back for another installment of The Sixth Gun, this month kicking off the Winter Wolves arc. Becky and Drake have been through an intense roller coaster these past 23 issues and if this first issue is any indication, nothing is going to get easier for this duo. Cullen Bunn’s pacing and storylines are getting tighter and more well crafted as this series continues, and Winter Wolves is already looking to be like one hell of a lot of fun. This issue is setting up a lot more conflict, as the first of any arc does, but is also filled with a creepy tension that has been masterfully woven through the entire series. Each issue we get a little bit more information about these guns and what they mean in the cosmic balance, and, to be trite, the plot thickens. This series, and this issue, are masterfully written and ever single moment in this comic feels like it matters. Nothing in any comic is an accident, but everything in The Sixth Gun feels immensely purposeful and absolutely critical to the development of the series.

Brian Hurtt’s art is solid, as per usual. This is his world, and the comfort that comes with that shows. These characters are expressive, and Hurtt’s ability to convey emotion with simple facial shifts is impressive. There isn’t a ton of dialogue at times in this book, and Hurtt moves the story along very well. The subtle touches aren’t the only pieces of this book that are great: there are some great visual moments at the end of the issue that are brimming with power and intensity. Hurtt and Bunn are completely in sync and we are all the beneficiaries of this great duo knowing each other (and this world) so well.

This is one of the best comics on store shelves today. The Sixth Gun is one of the most consistently well crafted titles I’ve read in a very long time and issue #24 is no exception.

Verdict: 8.5/10


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