The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.
By Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (Back to Brooklyn with Garth Ennis), this book is roughly twice as long as any other DC #1 I’ve read. It also has a good amount of fresh material, with some pretty obvious references to the current DCU.
It’s Gotham in the late 19th century, and Jonah Hex is investigating a Jack-the-Ripper-type serial killer spree with the nebbish Doctor Amadeus Arkham. The plot is thick and twisted, and the heroes aren’t heroes. It’s gritty and a western and I couldn’t be happier. The art is all details and effective crowd scenes. Barroom brawls followed by intense close-ups and neither suffer.
Pick this book up if you are a fan of a real spaghetti westerns (A Bullet for the General, Death Rides a Horse, or Once Upon a Time in the West), or if you like a good mystery (BBC’s Sherlock, 100 Bullets, or The Usual Suspects). It isn’t the first DC #1 I’ve felt strongly about getting the next issue, but it’s all of a sudden the most important.