DCnU Take 2: Moving Day for JONAH HEX in ALL-STAR WESTERN
DCnU HEX Still HEX Says Writer
But in the case of All-Star Western, the new comic starring Jonah Hex, this "alternate" genre isn't exactly something new. Just before the relaunch, DC had successfully published a Western comic, Jonah Hex, for 70 issues.
The publisher is not only keeping the same character, but the same writing team. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray will write the new All-Star Western with the help of artist Moritat.
Gray and Palmiotti had already established a loyal following for their Jonah Hex series, and the pair are well-known for their many independent series as well. We also spoke yesterday to Gray and Palmiotti about their new The Ray mini-series, which launches in December.
"The difference is that it's not stand-alone stories," Gray told Newsarama the first time we spoke to him about the new series' launch. "It's ongoing. But it will have the same passion and drive to tell the best Western stories possible with the greatest characters available to us.
"He's in Gotham now, and that makes a really nice dynamic," Gray said. "What we really looked at was authenticity, and what Gotham would look like and feel like at that moment in history. And that provides not only a lot of beautiful scene setting, because Gotham looks amazing, but it also presents historical things that make for good story-telling."
Newsarama: As you get ready to launch All-Star Western, we're hearing more and more about the title. Now that it's only a couple weeks away, what can you tell us about the story you're telling?
Justin Gray: We’re placing Jonah Hex in unfamiliar territory, that’s clear, but we’re also taking a more action/adventure approach to the storytelling. There’s mystery and on the far outside you could look at this as a kind of Bizarro version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. We’re exploring the idea that Gotham’s history of crime began during its formation.
Nrama: Who are the characters we'll be seeing? And are there any new names you can reveal?
Gray: You’ll see a connection to some of the characters in Gates of Gotham, but because we’re dealing with a shadowy time in history the hope is to reveal different new characters.
Nrama: Now that you're into the series a bit, how has the comic evolved?
Nrama: What's the overall feel of it? Similar to the old Jonah Hex? Or different? How?
Palmiotti: The same but different. It will be interesting to see how the readers view the series…personally the die hard Hex fans will love it I think…and new readers will totally embrace the concept on a number of levels. At the end of the day, no matter what genre is presented, a solid well told story will always find an audience and I think we really accomplished something unique with All Star Western.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!