The Sixth Gun 6 (November 2010)

Almost the entire issue is horizontal, meaning the pages are read across. It must have been a lot of work for Hurtt, but it’s done to excellent effect. The issue is another all action issue, but it’s this huge, layered battle scene. There’s an epilogue to it (The Sixth Gun, I believe, was initially a limited series ending here and so the epilogue makes sense as a teaser for what could come next). The epilogue is on regular, vertical pages.

What’s so good about the issue isn’t particularly the battle–though Bunn does plot it rather well. The ending is unexpected and there are some really nice smaller sequences, like Becky going up against Mrs. Hume.

But what’s best about it is how much Bunn infers instead of explains. The Sixth Gun‘s lack of overall exposition should be the standard, not the exception.

It’s a fantastic finish, better than expected.


Writer, Cullen Bunn; artist, colorist and letterer, Brian Hurtt; editors, Charlie Chu and James Lucas Jones; publisher, Oni Press.

One Comment

  1. Vernon Wiley

    Hmmm…somebody’s been reading a lot more comics than I have lately. While ultimately 6th Gun comes across as pretty much genre material, well executed genre material it is indeed. Hurt now has established himself able to draw across a few different subjects to good effect, and the colorist just screams read me throughout the finale. I agree that as much unsaid as said here forms a good balance. Not quite sure how they’re going to be able to keep it at this pace past the initial story line, but I’ll certainly be on board and let you know.

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