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Jonah Hex
Only the Good Die Young


Authors: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists: Phil Noto, Jordi Bernet and David Michael Beck
Titan Books
RRP: £8.99, US $12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 786 0
ISBN-10: 1 84576 786 1
Available 23 May 2008

With an inhuman lack of sympathy, a steady gun hand and an immeasurable desire to collect bounties, Jonah Hex, the disfigured ex-Confederate soldier, continues to dispense justice in the Old West with an unconventional sense of morality. From murderous madams to the animated inventions of Thomas Edison to a prairie witch's reign of terror, Hex answers to no one and death follows him wherever he rides...

Only the Good Die Young collects issues #19 to 24 of the Jonah Hex comic book.

On the rangy plains of the Wild West rides a man named Jonah Hex, who has no companions save two: death itself, and the acrid smell of gun smoke. Hex's hunt for bounty in the Old West continues, bringing him face-to-scarred-face with good men and bad alike - not to mention Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Plus, events take a turn for the supernatural, as Hex meets El Diablo and teams up with Bat Lash.

This collection features another helping of justice the Hex way. While all of the tales here are interesting, the continuous pattern of Hex hunting down and serving justice on his bounty may start to feel a little too repetitive for some. So, it was great to see Hex on the trial of Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb, the phonograph and the motion picture camera) after a man claims that Edison stole his invention and now wants him dead.

Those that have been following Hex's exploits will love this collection, and it's also an ideal point for new readers to jump on board. As I mentioned before, the only slight complaint is that the adventures, on the whole, are starting to become a little formulaic.


Pete Boomer

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