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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
Paperback, 170 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Oni Press
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Jim Ef
Dec 18, 2015 Jim Ef rated it really liked it
"Each of the guns is more powerful than a ordinary pistol, and they never need to be reloaded. Legend says the guns are loaded with hatred, not bullets"

Intesting plot, good characters. It's Worth a shot ( shot.... see what i did there? No? not funny? ok )
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
William Thomas
Feb 14, 2011 William Thomas rated it liked it
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
Apr 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it

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
Seth T.
Nov 11, 2011 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Feb 09, 2014 Otherwyrld rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
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
Jul 29, 2012 Zedsdead rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Feb 02, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, westerns, horror
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
Jan 14, 2015 Leo rated it really liked it
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
Pandora Black
vachement chouette aussi - et avec un personnage masculin fort séduisant ma foi, hello Drake Sinclair ^^ - des pistolets magiques, du western, une menace apocalyptique et des zombies, franchement, comment refuser?
Jan 31, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2011 Hayden rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2015 Brent rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and fine comics and stories
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Shelves: comics, fiction, sf
This is so good, I want to reread it before I return my library's copy.
I've been a fan of comics artist Brian Hurtt from his work on Queen & Country with writer Greg Rucka, and Hard Time with the late, great writer Steve Gerber. But he really stretches and uses great style in this horror Western together with writer Cullen Bunn. In particular, the layouts, letterin, coloring, are all of a piece, and well-crafted.
Highly recommended.
Nov 26, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing
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!
Javier Muñoz
Jun 27, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Quizás no se merecería más de un 3 o un 3.5, pero es que este comic toca muchos de mis puntos débiles:
- Ambientación western: check
- Magia: check
- Muertos vivientes: check
- Criaturas mitológicas: check

Y al pensarlo la verdad es que suena a batiburrillo considerable, pero está bastante bien llevado, es un cómic que no pasará a la historia por su gran historia (aunque no está mal), pero mezcla muy bien la descripción del mundo, el trasfondo y los personajes con la acción, se hace muy ameno y d
Robert Jones
Jun 07, 2012 Robert Jones rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2011 Kevin Fanning rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Apr 09, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix, fantasy, western
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
Jeff Lanter
Jun 22, 2016 Jeff Lanter rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Mixing the occult and Westerns seems like a great idea and one way to breath life into a genre that has fallen out of favor for many people. Unfortunately, I feel that this first volume of The Sixth Gun is too run of the mill to stand out in a crowded graphic novel market. One issue is that most of the characters are flat in this first volume and they needed something to make them a bit more memorable or interesting to read about. Everything is driven by the plot (which I won't spoil) though cha ...more
Rajan Khanna
Feb 08, 2011 Rajan Khanna rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2013 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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!]
Oct 04, 2013 Kaisersoze rated it really liked it
I went into this one completely cold, not being at all familiar with the work of Cullen Bunn or any of the artists involved. So with that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised. Volume 1 of The Sixth Gun has a bit of many genres - western, adventure, fantasy and most definitely horror - which combines in a unique and satisfying manner. The main protagonist is layered, the villains colourful, and even the requisite damsel-in-distress starts to grow by the end of Cold Dead.

Any negatives - such as th
Drown Hollum
Aug 17, 2014 Drown Hollum rated it it was amazing
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
Jared Sandman
Sep 24, 2012 Jared Sandman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
Apr 07, 2013 Joshua Bennett rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 16, 2011 Craig rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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
Feb 19, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
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
Brion Salazar
Feb 24, 2011 Brion Salazar rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. I may be biased, considering that Cullen and Brian are friends of mine, but the combination of Cullen's unique characters and settings with Brian's amazing artwork is something I will always have a hard time turning down. If Mr. Bunn ever wanted to write a straight western tale, I would say he has the chops, but add in demon-possessed-revolvers, old-west supernatural bad guys, and a dapper hero with a mysterious past and you have a winner.
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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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