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Six-Gun Gorilla

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Lost in a lawless, post-apocalyptic other-world. Good thing your companion is a...Six-Gun Gorilla!

Welcome to the Blister -- a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by BOOM! Studios
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Drown Hollum
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I ended up being incredibly surprised by this book, after picking it up almost entirely on the notion of "The Gorilla with No Name." What presents itself as a goofy, western romp, turns out to be a Morrison level, meta-fiction, about the nature of stories and the path ahead for virtual entertainment. Characters who appear one sided at the start of the book evolve into rounded people by the end, as does the conspiracy plot, which itself does well to subvert expectations. The world is so vast that ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
The title and the concept are great: Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name character – as a GORILLA! With GUNS! Six Gun Gorilla!!

Oh, if only the comic lived up to that fun potential!

The book is instead a clumsy commentary on “war as entertainment” set in a generic futuristic dystopia. Writer Si Spurrier tosses in an unconvincing romance subplot and mixes in an unclear enemy on a distant planet where guns don’t work for some reason before finally introducing the Six Gun Gorilla (whose guns do work be
I came into this knowing Sam gave this one star, so perhaps my expectations were just really low... but I kind of enjoyed this one. It's got some interesting ideas while being completely crazy.
Ander Luque
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE (in Gary Oldman's voice)

This is the story of a corpse and a ghost, but there is no body —just an idea. It’s the story of a bizarre creation from more than half a century back, returning to the present through the creative will of an author, Simon Spurrier. The writer takes a walk outside Plato’s cave to enter that world inhabited only by ideas, past, present and future, and decides to bring back a weird concept: the Six-Gun Gorilla , creator unknown, first published by Wizard magazine in the late ’30s.

When Spurrier,
Alex Sarll
With a title like that, to some extent you know what you're getting. And yes, there is a gorilla, and yes, he has two six-guns, which he uses with aplomb in a clockpunk bubble-dimension Wild West warzone. Jeff Stokely, whose work is new to me, draws the Blister's semi-biological nightmares and its equally awful human interlopers in a fevered style that emphasises the echoes of the classic Bad Company. But when that style needs to shift, it does - and he can also do perfect pastiches of Marshal L ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Packs so much into 6 short issues. It has beautiful art (the color work is divine), which I have come to always expect from BOOM! books. It's a book about creation, love, the meaning of art and importance of fiction, love, the idea of work long outlasting its creator in time and importance, politics, war, love, corporations, media, genre and love. Western, sci-fi, old school pulp and comics, all mixed together into a beautiful glorious stew. The world itself is also fascinating to spend time, so ...more
Scott Schmidt
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This miniseries based off of a public domain pulp character is definitely not what I expected it be. But, being a work from Simon Spurrier, I probably should have expected the unexpected. I'm a really, REALLY hard sell when it comes to comics. If the first issue doesn't grab me, I'm usually out. And while this first issue really left me with little enthusiasm, by the time I finished the trade, I was impressed with the story that ended up being told. Looking forward to reading it again down the r ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Spurrier's become one of my favorite writers, but this is a lesser effort from him. Still, it was a fun read and the artwork is very well-d0ne.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s really funny
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely fucking fantastic. It is the most pleasantly surprised I think I've ever been by a title, and I've never so much wanted to buy a book's creators a beer. So highly recommended.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok

The story was interesting but underdeveloped in favour of long prose going on and on about war as a source of entertainment. Spurrier seemed so caught up in the metaphors and idea of "story" that he forgot to tell an actual compelling narrative.

Straight up, the art wasn't my cup of tea. I found it distracting in places and a little inconsistent.

*part of the Epic Reads Challenge 2019 "4 - Read a Book that's a Graphic Novel"*
Matthew Sargent
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Six-Gun Gorilla is a surreal cyberpunk/western about the power and value of storytelling. It was quite a bit weirder than I expected (and my expectations were pretty high considering there was a simian gunslinger involved), which I enjoyed a lot. The art style isn't really my cup of tea and occasionally looks sloppy, but it overall fits the bizarre nature of the story.
Tyler Kroon
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an absolutely phenomenal read. A pulpy sci-fi western with a truly original concept, genuinely good plot twists, oh and a giant, genetically-modified, revolver-toting gorilla of course. A ton of fun, with gorgeously bright yet gritty illustrations to depict all the action, violence, and everything in-between, this became an instant favorite of mine!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story, excellent art. A timely fable for today's media-saturated world. Funny and overflowing with clever and engaging ideas. A great read.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dennis Lynch
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exceedingly strange but amusing. The Gorilla only seems to pop in occasionally, but the rest of the story remains interesting.
Kyle Burley
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I could tell you that it has a surprisingly complex, and poignant story (It does).
I could also mention that it has lovely, stylized art, largely inspired by Hayao Miyazaki (It does, and it is).
Honestly though, who DOESN'T want to read a book called "Six-Gun Gorilla"?
Calvin Daniels
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review appeared originally at

The old adage about not judging book by its cover certainly holds true for the graphic novel Six-Gun Gorilla.

I had initially expected the book by author Simon Spurrier to be a light-hearted spoof, sort of Magilla Gorilla meets Wyatt Earp. After all a six-gun touting gorilla is just a bit hard to envision as a serious character.

But the title character here is really only the marquee concept in a book which is far from a comedy.

I’ll grant t
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-scifi
The universe is complex here and you are thrown in without any preamble. Things are explained along the way, but it's still a heavy dose of stuff, some of which you can't really place until later in the story. I assume this is because of the complexity of what the author tried to do and the very short run of the comic. The dialogue is western-style. Kinda quirky to put it in a scifi, but it's been done before and I suppose it works here too. The artwork is dynamic and gritty, but not spectacular ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
An unexpected take on the intelligent, gun-toting gorilla trope, Six-Gun Gorilla delivers a biting commentary on pop culture and the sycophantic nature of reality television. In the 22nd century, Earth colonizes a mysterious world known as “The Blister.” As often happens, a civil war breaks out but unlike previous such incursions, the action is played out live on vidscreens for the entertainment of the Earth’s populace. Implanted with recording devices, blue coats, Earthers wanting to die, fight ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
For a book that advertises itself with a gun toting simian, there's a heck of a lot going on here; it's a story about stories; the ones we tell, the ones that are told to us, and the reasons for each. Our nameless hero (Blue-2365 or something) is suicidal, and dumped in a war zone to die quickly as entertainment for the masses. But instead of immediate death, he is rescued by the titular character, and dumped into a world of intrigue, over-the-top violence, and more. Underneath it all, though is ...more
Marcelo Sanchez
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cuando un libro tiene un gorila con pistolas en la portada, te estas esperando un tipo de historia muy distinta a lo que te vas a encontrar acá. Te esperas algo ridículo, repleto de acción y carente de sentido.
No te esperas una historia interesante con personajes y momentos que te emocionan, con una trama profunda con un misterio a resolver y varios cuestionamientos acerca de la naturaleza de las historias, todo esto mientras mantiene una buena cantidad de acción y de ridículo. No te esperas est
Adam  McPhee
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh hell yes. A forgotten pulp story resurrected in a way that reminds us what was fun about those stories in the first place. Self-contained, which is something I normally value in a comic but kind of a shame here because every page hints at so many other directions this story could veer off into. Alas.

It's a passion project from Spurrier who resurrected the character from a now public domain series of pulp stories by an unknown author. I was kind of pissed that at least one other studio rushed
Skye Kilaen
Spurrier is one of my favorite writers, and this book is one of the reasons why. In the 22nd century, humans who want to die can volunteer for a war zone on a colonized planet, where their deaths can be broadcast as reality TV. This time, it doesn't go according to plan. The divorced ex-librarian known as Blue-3425 doesn't die when he's supposed to. He ends up with a watch that's more than it seems, and folks on both sides of the conflict want to take it. And then there's the talking gorilla. It ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
One of the great, bizarre forgotten characters of the golden age of comics is brought back to a hodgepodge mess that tries and fails to create the sort of sci-fi fun and action you can read in Atomic-Robo.

The title character gets only a cameo in the first issue as we spend the rest of it setting up a convoluted sci-fi world and a human character that might have been more interesting if we weren't aware he is wasting page space that should be about a freakin' gorilla with a gun!

This could have be
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I have been grossly disappointed by most graphic novels. Either the art sucks, the pace is glacial, the mood is pre-pubescent or the target audience is even nerdier than me (which is saying something). Anyway, this book is an exception to the rule. It is a mixture of Sergio Leone Western, Edgar Rice Burroughs era Sci-Fi, CBS’s Survivor and excellent psychotropic drugs. And it works in spades. Good guys, bad women, lots of violence, alien weirdness and a ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that manages to escape its own confines. It's start as a very good sci-fi book about a civil war on a strange alien world where gunpowder doesn't work. The main character is essenitally a disposable soldier, beaming his view of the war back to the TV-watching populace. Then he meets a mutant cowboy gorilla with the wisdom of Yoda and two six-shooters. (Thus, of course, the title.) If that sounds like a fantastic idea, let me just say that the end gets very meta, and ends up saying ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great fun. A sci-fi, civil war western with government conspiracy and assassins. It would be too easy for it all to be disappointingly brainless, yet this comic is anything but. There are some nice themes about loss, the cognitive construction of reality, and multiple facets of human nature. Ultimately, a lot of the philosophical matters could have been explored more deeply, but there is still enough there to satisfy. It is an engaging read with good pacing, and I enjoyed it from beginning to en ...more
Demian Katz
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm professionally obligated to give this four stars based on the fact that its protagonist is a library cataloger obsessed with early twentieth century popular fiction. Fortunately, I can also do this in good conscience because it does an impressive amount of world-building and story-telling in a relatively slim volume. It's certainly not perfect -- I think there's room for more development here -- but it does what it sets out to do in an economical fashion, and there's something to be said for ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Way, way, better than expected. The neatest futuristic/"weird Western" setting I've read in ages, and a really solid thematic core. Sketch-pulp art is a blast, too. I hope this one picks up attention via word of mouth, because comics publishers should do more things kinda like this --that is, labor-of-love miniseries from talented but perhaps under-noticed creators.

(Read digitally, which is why I've marked the collection read in advance of release.)
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