Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Brian Hurtt
Colored by Bill Crabtree
Lettered by Crank!
Designed by Keith Wood
Edited by Charlie Chu
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 06/15/2016
The First Gun strikes with the force of a cannon shell. The Second Gun expels the very flames of Perdition. The Third Gun spreads a flesh-rotting disease. The Fourth Gun call up the spirits of the men and women it has shot down. The Fifth Gun grants eternal youth and the ability to heal from even a fatal wound. The Sixth Gun speaks to its wielder, revealing the past and the future. Brought together, the Six were the keys to destroying this world and rebuilding the next.
I still remember the first time I read The Sixth Gun, it was the first issue and I believe it was free on Comixology. Upon completing it I immediately went out and bought the first trade and that was all it took, I was hooked!
Before this last arc came out I went back and reread some of the previous chapters to refresh a little and go into these final chapters with my brain straight. What resulted from doing this was just an emotion that rarely occurs in comics, as the realization began to sink in that the end was right there staring me in the face.
Reading back about the town of Penance and its people was heartbreaking, and knowing what had to occur in order to defeat this evil gave me all kinds of feels. I kept playing the ending out in my head trying to visualize how Bunn and Hurtt would close this out, wishing for a happy ending somewhere amongst the inevitable rebuilding that had to occur. Griselda’s origin was equally as tragic and revealed a genuine human element to her story. The role that she (The Grey Witch) and Drake Sinclair have played with the six, now and in the past was brilliant.
Becky Montcrief has to be one of the greatest heroines ever written for comics, period. Watching her grow from the young naïve farm girl to the strong woman she ultimately would become was so gratifying and just fun to read. Perfect character development to go along with unbelievable story-telling made this series special.
The Sixth Gun was an epic Tolkienian-like quest in a supernatural western setting. It contained everything you would want in a comic book with spirit worlds and time travelling and characters that embodied the classic hero vs villain rivalry. This final issue brought back many of those old friends and enemies (some alive, some dead, some in between) for one last battle, which gives readers one of the greatest battles/shootouts I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel.
Thank you Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree for giving these characters a face. Thank you for panel after panel of unreal battle sequences and incredible action. Thank you Chris Crank for making this series enjoyable and easy to read. Thank you Cullen Bunn for your imagination, genius story-telling, and for bringing these characters to life.
When someone falls in love with a story and becomes so invested in its characters, well that’s an amazing thing, and that’s exactly how I would describe my experience with The Sixth Gun and my journey with this series over the last few years. One of the most rewarding finales that I’ve ever read in comics, from beginning to end The Six Gun never lost its spirit. The quintessential supernatural western horror comic, there will never be another like it.
REVIEW: THE SIXTH GUN #50
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)