Sci-fi westerns are becoming their own genre nowadays, thanks, Mr. Whedon. “Six-Gun Gorilla” #1 is the latest and greatest version of the old/new west future and reads just as crazy as it sounds. And that’s a good thing, pardners.
WRITTEN BY: Simon Spurrier
ART BY: Jeff Stokely
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: June 12th, 2013
This future seems bleak in most senses. Signing up to become cannon fodder for a war to ensure financial stability for family back home is one example. Having your POV be a live feed for people to experience back home sounds twisted. Having focus group / TV execs focus or hinder the war efforts is a disturbing thought in itself. Where does this book get fun?
Creators Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely somehow keep this depressing sounding future light. How? For starters, the dialogue and banter is so fun and fast paced it’s hard to realize how messed up everything is. Plus, I really enjoyed their swearing. All that &$&@/! always makes me laugh and try to figure out which swears fit best.
Jeff Stokely’s art is just so original and fresh it’s nigh impossible to not be impressed. Giant turtles with tanks on their shells, wind-up guns, crazy creatures, and, of course, the beast with big guns. It’s all so beautiful and insane at the same time I didn’t stand a chance. Andre May’s coloring adds another element that makes it a spectacular first issue.
I’m already hooked on this story and The Six-Gun Gorilla was barely in it! I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady