Sunday, March 27, 2005

DC Brings Back the Western

This Fall DC Comics will be unveiling two new ongoing series and both of them are westerns. One will be headlined by a classic character the other by a modern marvel at writing.

The first one is JONAH HEX which brings the well-known western character back to monthly comics. Something that's been missing since about the time of DC's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. After which he was catapulted into the future and turned into a sci-fi western bounty hunter in a short-lived series titled simply, HEX. It was an interesting concept that would probably sell much better today that it would have in the '80s.

This new series will be written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (HAWKMAN,MONOLITH) with an artist to be announced. Covers will be done by guest artists. The first of which is Frank Quietly.

The second new western title debuting this autumn is LOVELESS, written by Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and drawn by Marcelo Frusin (HELLBLAZER). There's not much info about this other than a very promising cover pic. If you're interested if Azzarello can write a western read EL DIABLO, a mini-series he did a while back. It was probably one of the best non-100 BULLETS projects he's done.

With both of these series starting at about the same time one would wonder if there's any chance that their being even considered is due to the success of HBO's Deadwood.
It's quite possible. We've seen shows like the Sopranos make an impact on comics.

But then, it's also possible that Jonah Hex has been waiting in a desk in DC's office for years wanting to get into a book again and only now is there an audience that will accept him and his brethren.
I may actually saddle up.

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