In the past, my experience with comics has heavily involved superheroes. I am also not known to jump into the middle of stories. However, as I have begun venturing into the worlds of other stories, I had the pleasure of stumbling across The Sixth Gun.
The Sixth Gun is based in a Civil War time period, and this issue has the aura of Game of Thrones meets the Civil War meets an old western. A delicate combination to be sure, but I enjoyed it. The premise involves a world where there are 6 highly sought after supernatural pistols, the 6th of which being the most powerful of all. The Sixth Gun has fallen into the hands of a young girl, Becky Montcrief, but when she came into possession of the Gun, dark forces awaken and all kinds of mayhem ensue. A strong gunman, named Drake Sinclair, protects Becky from various groups trying kill her and take the Sixth Gun.
For never reading this series before, this issue definitely left me wanting more. I really like the art in this book, which is done by Brian Hurtt. The art is clean and the colors match the mood of the story. A small part I enjoyed is that the speech bubbles are often short and quick. This not only allows for quick reading, but it makes the illustrations tell the story. Being new to the series, I think it is important to note that there is a summary within the first few pages of past events, along with a character tree giving a small description and backstory of each character. Very helpful and conducive to new readers.
I think I will have to read a few more issues before I am totally sold on the series. I do not want to give too much away, but there are more supernatural things than just the Guns in this story. This is all well and good, but I was disappointed a bit with how some of the supernatural occurrences came into play. It seemed a but random and anticlimactic. This, by no means, turned me off to the series, but I think I will need to read more to fully appreciate it. I am just not used to seeing a giant wolf, Wendigo, completely decimate a cabin in a few short panels. In this issue, you also get to learn about a few of the other Guns, which I look forward to seeing in future appearances. I especially am looking forward to learning more about the powers of the Sixth Gun. I think the storyline, written by Cullen Bunn, is a cool concept, so I am excited to see more.
Overall Rating 4/5