Friday, March 23, 2012

Catching up on All Star Western

All Star Western is an interesting book. It's a departure of the old Jonah Hex series, which usually felt as if it was situated in it's own little universe. This book however, is firmly rooted in Gotham's past, and practically is a love letter to the fictional city's historians.

Want to know why? Well, that's going to require you to hit the jump!

All Star Western #5
The basic premise of All Star Western is a buddy cop movie between Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham, the would be creator of Arkham Asylum. Arkham enlists Hex's help, and things only go down hill from there. The first obstacle the duo faces involves them solving a crimes that seem to be committed by the Religion of Crime, a group familiar to you if you read Batwoman's original run in Detective Comics, among other things. But not far after solving the original mystery, the duo find themselves in search of missing children which begins a series of events that eventually have Hex and Arkham in the bat cave, fighting the Miagani of Return of Bruce Wayne fame, along with a giant ass bat. Said bat is killed by Hex, who gains the respect of the Miagani people by doing so, causing them to help Hex and Arkham out of the cave... where the real Gotham love starts.

All Star Western #6
If you remember your geography right, you should have a pretty good idea where Hex and Arkham end up when the climb out of the cave... right on the front door step of the newly built Wayne Manor, where they meet none other than Alan and Catherine Wayne. Alan, being a man of means, helps them crack down on who was abducting the children. If you remember the post I did a few weeks back, this heavily hints at the Court of Owls' involvement, which is nice, since the Court will be making their presence well known in the title, staring in May during the "Night of the Owls" event, and continuing past that as the Court is pitted against the Religion of Crime, something that sounds like a match up made in dream hell.

And that's where we stand with All Star Western. I'll be covering this book for as long as it stays in Gotham. After that... I don't know how long I'll stay on (posting here, I mean) but we've got at least a few good months of All Star Western coverage coming up.

1 comment :

  1. Nice review! BTW, the first arc of the series ends in issue 5 or 6?