Book: The Sixth Gun Volume 1: Cold Dead Fingers
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Hurtt
Summary from Comixology: “Collecting issues #1 – #6 of the hit new series by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt! During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun. the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.”
I’m not going to lie, I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I bought this book. Most of the time I do some research before buying comics (or anything), because I am boringly cautious, so I was a little worried when I bought this based solely on a tweet from comic writer/artist, Chris Schweizer.
Dagummit, my new #6thgun trade came in the mail, which means that I have to reread all the old ones before I crack it.
— Chris Schweizer (@schweizercomics) September 24, 2014
Mr. Schweizer is a nice guy and I liked his graphic novel, Crogan’s Vengeance, so I headed down to Comic Collector Live: the Store to pick up Volume 1 (and to show off my newborn, but mainly to pick up The Sixth Gun).
As it turns out, this comic is an amalgamation of several of my favorite genres, including: Westerns, Adventures, with a dash of Fantasy and Horror thrown in for good measure. There are elements throughout the story that remind me of two of my favorite series, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and Stephen King’s, The Dark Tower. Drake Sinclair is a fun protagonist that reminds me of Han Solo, in a very roundabout way. Sinclair is a man with a checkered past who must make a choice between his treasure and his conscience, and it’s fun to see his character develop through the first six issues. The villains – a posthumous Civil War General who is hellbent on retrieving his magical pistol to bring about Armageddon, his immortal wife, and his four lieutenants that are reminiscent of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse – are excellent antagonists (also, Zombie Cowboys). Cullen Bunn’s tone is matched terrifically Brian Hurtt’s art. The characters and set pieces are clean, and I love the overall aesthetic.
There’s nothing inherently bad here. It’s a solid story with solid art, which is the ultimate goal for comics, right? I would like to see more of the other protagonist, Becky Montcrief, but with another six trades to get through, I am sure there will be plenty of back-story filled in over time. Also, the overall tone might not appeal to everyone. If you don’t like Westerns/Adventures, you might not care for this tale all that much (there is also a chance you are dead to me).
The Final Say
I flew through this book. I tried in vain to set it down so I wouldn’t get through it too quickly, but, like every action hero in the 90’s, it just kept pulling me back in for more. I give this book a 4 out of 4. Head on down to your local comic shop, pick up the trade, and let us know what you think in the comments section!