I have enjoyed the current Jonah Hex series from the start. With its consistent pair or writers (Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray) and rotating group of artists, the comic delivers great western stories every month. It is amazing that DC Comics would keep publishing this book month after month, especially since their Jonah Hex movie flopped (hopefully it will get a True Grit bump, though). The comic is in fact much closer to True Grit than to the Jonah Hex movie.
Each incarnation of Jonah Hex has been a mix of violent and funny, with the latest issue #63 taking us to new levels. Palmiotti and Gray have a way of periodically weaving flashbacks into stories, fleshing out Jonah Hex’s back story as well as explaining how one man can be so honorably good yet violently sociopathic at the same time (hint: it almost always comes back to Daddy issues). This issue walks us back through Jonah’s early encounter with a child molester meeting frontier justice, an experience which determines the kind of bloody justice he will exact on another criminal later in life.
Like most of the series, issue #63 is a standalone story. With a few exceptions the Jonah Hex stories from this run are either single issue stories or told in two to three issue arcs, and these stories don’t take place in any particular chronological order. This makes the series particularly easy for a new reader to jump in and read an occasional issue, as you don’t need to understand an exhaustive back story and mythology to enjoy an occasional issue, unlike so many other comics published today. Also, at $2.99 per issue they remain one of the most affordable comics on the market. Go pick up a copy, pard, and enjoy a face full of justice.