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The Sixth Gun, Vol. 1: Cold Dead Fingers (The Sixth Gun #1)

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In the passing shadow of the Civil War, defiant Confederate General Oleander Hume waits to be let loose, too evil and warped to die, too mad with bloodlust to let go of his black magic.

He hungers for his lost and most precious possession, an ancient weapon of foreboding doom. Having fallen into the hands of an innocent girl, this la
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Published January 25th 2011 by Oni Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sam Quixote
Post-Civil War America, the Old West. Missy Hume, a menacing woman with mysterious motives, hires Pinkerton agents to track down a valuable gun which belonged to her late husband General Oliander Hume, currently in the possession of a preacher. But the gun falls into the hands of the preacher's daughter, Becky Montcrief, who discovers the gun has supernatural powers and imprints itself to the first person who wields it after its previous owner passes - in other words, only she can use this stran ...more
I need to stop reading comics late at night, especially volumes. Because, strangely enough if it is any good then I can’t stop reading until it’s finished. Lucky for me this first volume of The Sixth Gun was only 159 pages long so it didn’t take that long time to finish it. (Luckily I only had the first volume on the ipad so I couldn’t start with volume 2...

The Sixth Gun is story about a very special gun that makes the carrier see into the future. Also the person that picks up the gun is stuck w

Well hells bells! Look what I found! A horror-western graphic novel with strong characters, history, suspense, and bite. The Sixth Gun is one kickass rooting-tooting ride with enough grit and gore to make this girl giggle and swoon! :D

”There are many augurs in the world…and secrets to uncover…If you know where to look. But looking in the right place and having guts enough to keep your eyes open don’t always go hand in hand.”

Our story begins with a gun. A blasted six-shooter with a dark, dangerou
William Thomas
Ever since Garth Ennis wrote "The Saint of Killers" 4 part story, I have wondered when the next western-horror story was going to come along and why it hadn't taken off as some other trends have (steampunk, vampires, zombies, etc.) One of the original horror-westerns, Jonah Hex, hasn't lived up to my expectations in its most recent incarnation, although American Vampire has become an absolute favorite. So I guess I may be rating this slightly higher than it deserves because I love the genre hybr ...more
This first volume of the series serves mostly as an introduction, as there is an awful lot to set up in this storyline. It mostly revolves around the Six Guns of the title, mysterious and powerful weapons that a large number of people would like to get their hands on, not least of which is one of the Sixth Gun's previous owners, who has come back from the dead to reclaim it.

A lot of characters are introduced, and quite a few of them have died by the end of this story, which is a pity because do
Seth Hahne
It's not easy to sell me on genre books, even when they combustibly mix genres with verve, spice, and zest. I'm perfectly happy to not investigate superhero books, westerns, or efforts that seek to out-Tolkien Tolkien. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, pirates, ninjas? None of these really do it for me. And even though I was once a savage, avid reader of noirish detective-fiction, I've passed on countless opportunities to engage some of the newer works in the genre.

The Sixth Gun by Bunn and Hurtt
[It Might.]

So when I saw that th
A western-flavored horror comic? Yes, I can do this. The sixth gun of the title is the last of six mystical weapons that can only be used by the current owner- always the first person to pick up the weapon after the previous owner has died. After her stepfather's death, Becky has found herself the new owner of the sixth gun. And the owners of the other five guns, plus the dead man who brought them into being and his widow, want to claim it from her.

Great setting, great concept, great story. The
It took me a while to get into the story mainly because it was a bit difficult to follow the story at first. But by the end, I was hooked. I want to know more. There kind of a self-contained story in this volume that also leaves a few things open for future developments. I was afraid the volume was going to end with a huge cliffhanger.
But I think this volume works well as a standalone.
The art was amazing and I loved the main characters: Becky is not a damsel in distress but the opposite (halle
The second series collaboration from the creators of the excellent supernatural noir thriller The Damned offers a creepy, magic-infused Western complete with terrifying beasts -- living and undead -- gunfights, and the occult. Confederate General Oleander Hume seeks out the Sixth Gun, the key to unlocking an unstoppable power. Mysterious gunslinger Drake Sinclair protects the young Becky Moncrief, current owner of the powerful Sixth Gun, against Hume and his magically-enhanced henchman. Bunn' ...more
The Sixth Gun tells the story of a classic western outlaw-type, and a young girl on the lam from a zombified Civil War Confederate general and his gang, who's trying to kill them and retrieve one of six demonic six-shooters and bring all manner of Hell upon our humble Earth.

I went into this knowing absolutely nothing, and was overall pleasantly surprised. The characters were a little two-dimensional, and the story was predictable at times, but come on... Zombies, demons, giant birds, and guns wi
Great concept. Awful execution.

The idea is terrific, an Old West tale about six magical pistols, each with a unique power. Three are just deadly: they strike like a cannon shell, spread the very flames of Perdition, and kill by spreading a flesh-rotting disease. The fourth can call up the spirits of those it has shot down. The fifth grants it's bearer immortality (I was surprised that this wasn't THE gun, the focus of the series). The final gun, the eponymous Sixth Gun, gives visions, knowledge
I love Weird Western stories, and I love ongoing comics that tell a single, ongoing story. So the idea of a monthly Weird Western comic was pretty much irresistible. Having said that, it took a few issues for this series to grow on me, but by the end of the first, six-issue story (collected in this volume), The Sixth Gun had become one of my new favorite comics.

Telling the story of six supernatural guns, the book focuses on Rebecca Moncrief, who inherits one of the guns from her father. The gun
Mike McQuillian

General Hume was a bad dude in the Confederate Army. He's come back from the dead to retrieve his six-shooter, which has supernatural powers.

Becky, a young woman who has just lost her grandfather, has the gun. With the help of Drake Sinclair, a man of questionable integrity, she is trying to survive attacks from Hume and his cronies.

"Weird western" is the genre that gets kicked around when discussing The Sixth Gun. It's got the gunfights and tough talk of a John Wayne movie, as well as zombies,
I've just finished reading the first six issues of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's Sixth Gun, and I have to say, it's one of the BEST graphic novels I've read in SOME time! I will be buying the collected edition just to have it on my bookshelf!
It was ok in the way a blockbuster from Michael Bay is ok. In other words, it wasn't very good. It was filled with terrible cliches and cardboard characters. The plot was mediocre. Even the art was only ok. It was unfortunate, because I was really looking forward to this book, so my disappointment was great. I thought I had heard good things, but I must have been mistaken. I would maybe read the next volume if I got it for free, but I won't be seeking it out. I also realized I have read this aut ...more
The juxtaposition of the Old West and fantasy/undead elements has been done before in other media (Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare and Deadlands RPG to name two), but I haven't encountered any stories with quite this multi-genre mix before now.

Really enjoyed this! Some criticisms (too short, action too abrupt, not enough backstory), but that's the nature of short-form/collected comics I think. I'm hoping more backstory will come through in later volumes, as there's a lot of potential the
Robert Jones
Another Western + Fantasy graphic novel, akin to Desperadoes. Unlike Desperadoes, The Sixth Gun doesn't mute its supernatural forces at all - they're not subtle or the kind of thing that can be glossed over in historical textbooks. We got dragons and huge zombie armies.

The plot focuses around a sextet of revolvers, each with a special magical power. One grants its wielder eternal youth, one can raise the spirits of every man the owner has slain to fight on his behalf, one can create plot-relevan
Kevin Fanning
Casey loaned this to me over the weekend. He said if I liked the Matt Fraction Iron Fist I would like this. He was right! So know I am thinking a lot about what I liked about both, what was different about them, and what it means as far as what I love about certain graphic novels. Some ideas:

* I like a realistic setting where some magic things happen. (This is maybe why I don't like LOTR as much?)
* I like ordinary people waking up to this magic and trying to come to terms with it.
* I like strong
Rajan Khanna
I'm a big fan of weird westerns in any medium so when I read about this comic, and realized it was collected, I knew I had to check it out. And it was good. A nice, quick-paced read, it seemed to find a decent balance between the expected genre tropes and original ideas.

The story concerns six guns, artifacts, with a dark past belonging to the dark and black-magic wielding General Hume. Hume and his men hold five of the guns, but the sixth has found its way to innocent Becky Montcrief. Hume and
Orrin Grey
I've been following Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt for awhile now. Hurtt is one of my favorite artists going, and Bunn is no slouch either, with a style of easy myth-building that seems tailor-made for comics. I liked The Damned, and they outdid themselves with this one. Highly recommended!

[Edit: I re-read this as prep for reading the third volume. It's still good!]
Jared Sandman
I just read through the entire series of The 6th Gun (the first two dozen or so issues), so this review is more a reflection of the whole story rather than any individual volume. This first omnibus is my favorite, however.

Cullen Bunn has created a rich mythology surrounding the Six Guns and the mysterious protagonist, Drake Sinclair. Specific plot elements have been used in other stories and movies (I won't give away spoilers), but they're blended together in a new way with enough original ideas
Joshua Bennett
Wow. This book is just plain fun. It has all the right good stuff: great pace, interesting story, well narrated, interesting characters, art that matches the tone and pace exactly. There is nothing bad about this book at all; it is a joy to read.

A re-imagining of the old west with a bit of a hell boy feel to it (perhaps Firefly as well?) with plenty of adventure/action to go along with it. This would make a great television series IMHO.

The best part of the story is the unfolding of the mystery
Drown Hollum
I absolutely adored this book. This was my first run in with Cullen Bunn, and I was thrilled to see such skilled execution on display. The narrative is contained, and paced masterfully, all to the tune of a weird west horror story. Despite being totally contained and seemingly complete with this volume, a larger world is effectively seeded in the mythology of the guns, striking the exact storytelling balance I look for in comic book story arcs. Hurtt's art is wonderful, with a classic pulp charm ...more
I should not like this book: It is a Western. It has zombies. It's got a high body count. But somehow, this magically works. It is a unique voice in a market glutted with uber-serious or hyper-slasher-porn-sadistic garbage. I cannot recommend this book enough, with sharp dialogue and pacing from Bunn and art that is new and fresh while being reminiscient of really good things that have come before: early Pander Bros., Jeff Smith, and a little Michael Avon Oeming. Those comparisons are not meant ...more
This was the best graphic novel I've read in some time. I love the western theme, and Brian Hurtt's illustrations are clean and dynamic. The action can get a bit gruesome at times, but less so than an episode of Bones. The success of this book rests mainly in the main character of Drake Sinclair, a man of questionable virtue. While the plot does follow the path of the six mystical six-shooters, it mainly serves as a look into Drake's dark origin.

I really enjoyed this, and look forward to additio

This post Peter Clines wrote convinced me to give this series a go. It was mentioned that first volume is merely setting up the base for bigger story and it proved to be true.
Obviously, I need to read more to see the magic because so far we didn't dwell much from predictable plot development nor we saw much from our characters to form some definite opinion.
So, this is Old West story, set in turn of last century, but mashed with fantasy elements.
Legendary confederate general, Oliander Hume used
This book was very interesting...

I felt that my graphic novel theme this year has been revisiting the Old Wild West...

and just like fractured fairy-tale retellings...

It doesn't get old.


The premise was interesting as there are sixth guns in the world that do some heck-of-a-lot of damage if a)they get into the wrong hands b)they get into the wrong hands and are stopped from complete destruction, and then hidden away, and then found again... or c)you have no choice but to proceed with caution becau
Jun 03, 2014 Skjam! rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Weird West fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Brian Hurtt
Becky Montcrief’s stepfather is dying. But the men who’ve come to their remote homestead aren’t willing to wait for him to finish. It seems he’s been hiding a gun all these years, and they want it enough to kill for it. In the heat of the moment after her Pa’s death, Becky grabs the gun and uses it. This means the owlhoots now can’t take it until she’s dead, so they take her to their boss.

Meanwhile, a man named Drake Sinclair is also looking for that gun, and he is no saint either. He’s a step b
Dave Glorioso
This came out of the gate with great art, intrigue, great characters and a dark mood.
A horror western.
And, even cooler, it is mature without vulgarity or overtly explicit violence.
The final books were not as good as the precursors as it moved from good storytelling to hyperaction mode. The art diminished at the end as it became too much spectacle.
I still have high hopes as the story is great and I am looking forward to see what happens to everyone.
Great start
You can read the synopsis by someone else; I"m here just to give feedback.

I gave it 2.5 stars.

The art is okay;it serves. It reminds me though of the 1960s' old horror and ghost comics I read as a kid. Now, this flavor may be JUST what the author wanted…

Chapter 1 was fairly decent- we had action but better, we had developing plot and characters. Chapter 2 wasn't so balanced. Everything became 1 dimensional, thin, questionable- too much action, very little plot. Chapter 3 gives us information on t
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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose se ...more
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