Six-Gun Gorilla #1 (Boom!)


Rating: 4/5 – Not what I expected, solid sci-fi story

I’m not sure why I skipped pre-ordering this, but I flipped through the issue on the rack at the local LCS and it looked good so I bought my copy ,took it home to read and am glad I did.  I must not have read the solicit, because it sounds cool and is the kind of thing I usually put on my pre-order:

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 across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there.

That pretty much sets the stage for the issue, but be warned that the #1 is a lot of setup to get us to where we’re going to be wandering around the wilderness with the eponymous Gorilla and his sidekick.  This issue pretty much sets up the sidekick, Blue-3425, a hopeless fellow who volunteered for what seems to be a suicide brigade set to fight in the Blister and is wired for TV coverage much to the amusement of the people back on Earth.

A unique sci-fi world with action and a touch of wry humor compliments of both Si Spurrier’s story and the perfectly matched art by Jeff Stokely.  We meet the Gorilla near the end in spectacular fashion and are set up for what promises to be a roller-coaster ride of action, humor, and sci-fi/western mash-up goodness in issues #2-6.  It’s only the relative lack of the Gorilla’s presence in more of the story that kept this from a higher grade, we’ll be seeing more of him as the series progresses.  I’m in for the duration!

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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