Jonah Hex: Bury Me in Hell

Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and various. DC, $17.99 trade paper (192p) ISBN 978-1401232498
Gray and Palmiotti collaborate with several artists in a series of independent tales of uneven quality in this compilation of horror western tales. The stories take place at various points in the career of Old West bounty hunter Jonah Hex, who is known for having the devil’s own luck, and vary in tone, with the redemption story, “Snowblind,” lifting up the bleaker tales, “Bury Me in Hell,” in which Hex hunts and tortures a necrophiliac pedophile, and “Casket Canyon,” in which a widow feeds her starving children the flesh of dead men. The art also varies dramatically in style; Fiona Staples (“Casket Canyon”) uses a realistic style that lends horror to the sunken faces of the starving characters, while Jeff Lemire’s (“Old Man”) stylized version of Hex’s mangled face produces a touching moment as Hex buries the father who forsook him. “Weird Western,” the final story, relies most heavily on the rest of the Hex mythology, jumping in and out of Hex’s time line. The collection will appeal most to those already familiar with Hex, but those new to the series may be intrigued enough to seek out more. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/12/2011
Release date: 12/01/2011
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