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Issue by Issue – Hex #2

Writer – Michael Fleisher
Artist – Mark Texeira
Colours – Bob LeRose
Letters – Peter Iro

Michael Fleisher and Mark Texeira pick things right up from the last action-packed issue which sees a helicopter from the Vietnam War suddenly appear, careening out of control and straight into Jonah Hex. Hex, of course, has no idea what the helicopter is, but what he does know is that he has to get out of the way if he wants to live. He is soon introduced to a number of soldiers straight from that aforementioned war, men who are just as confused as Hex as to where they are and what has happened. Borsten, the man who has brought these soldiers forward in time, is not happy to see them meet up with Hex and so he sends his men out after them, seeking to claim that which he perceives to own with Hex the top prize. Texeira’s artwork is incredible to behold and he introduces some incredibly fantastical elements in the vehicles that the villains use to attack the heroes. While they are quite menacing, they are no match for Hex and so Borsten has to send out a different kind of weapon, one previously introduced in the form of Stiletta. Though this book is essentially about a man out of time, or men as it were, they manage to adapt quickly enough that they are able to come up with a plan which may just get them back home if they are lucky. Fleisher throws a lot at these soldiers, from the desolate climate of a dystopian future to giant war-wheels to robotic dogs which cannot be stopped and all of it never deters them from holding on to that bit of hope that maybe, they might get home. All of it comes to a head when they reach Borsten’s compound, the very place that Hex broke out of not long past and where Stiletta’s treachery comes to light though she pleads innocence. Most of the soldiers are killed during what happens next, Stilleta is wounded, one soldier is captured and yet again, Hex manages to make his escape with Borsten angrier than ever. The book is a fantastic read, paced exceptionally well between moments of all-out action and tense drama and while it might not cater to everyone seeing Jonah Hex out of his usual western element, it is written and drawn so well that one cannot help but like it.

4 out of 5

1 reply »

  1. Totally agree on Texs work. He was the RIGHT artist for this title and really made it sing! It is this reason why Giffens work later in the run was such a harsh contrast and just didnt work…at all!!

    Anyways good times with Hex!

    Thanks for writing!

    Chris

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