Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Tyler Crook
Colored by Bill Crabtree
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 03/11/2015
As we get closer and closer to end of The Sixth Gun, it gives me great joy and hope that Cullen Bunn and company continue to put out these captivating prequels. Like Sons of the Gun and Days of the Dead, this week sees the release of another untold chapter that takes place before the events of the main title, this time with The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust.
With this story we have the return of Billjohn O’Henry, a central character from main TSG series and Bunn’s favorite. We get to visit a time in Billjohn’s life before it was taken in the Battle of the Maw. The first issue quickly jumps right to the gun play as we see a character who before, had only been mentioned in The Sixth Gun. O’Henry’s encounter with Kid Bedlam lives up to its legend, with a riveting scene that is both stirring and a bit emotional.
The story continues as we see some conflict between Billjohn and The Pinks, and we get an appearance from Drake Sinclair. One of the things that I enjoyed the most from this story was the relationship between father and daughter, as Billjohn’s love for is ailing daughter Sally is evident. Issue one ends with a nice little cliffhanger that reveals a villain that TSG readers will find familiar.
The illustrations from Tyler Crook are incredible, especially those haunting images that our protagonist appears to be seeing in certain moments of this first issue. Crook, who has done some work on previous TSG issues, perfectly captures the look and feel you would expect to see in the series. Along with Crabtree’s colors, the art in this series appears to be in great hands.
This series will be short as it is planned only as a three issue limited series, which leads me to my lone criticism in that a character like Billjohn O’Henry deserves a much more extensive account. That being said, it is obvious that this is not about quantity but quality. At the beginning of this review I mentioned joy and hope. The joy is reading everything and anything related to this amazing western horror. The hope is that Bunn has many more stories like this that are out there just waiting to be told. Dust to Dust #1 is a personal and impassioned tale of one of Bunn’s most beloved characters, and the best The Sixth Gun prequel I have read yet.
REVIEW: THE SIXTH GUN: DUST TO DUST #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Strong story-telling, great artwork.
Limited to only three issues.