Sunday, April 10, 2022

Reading Again--The Sixth Gun: Hell and High Water

Here are my thoughts about this story arc. 


Hell and High Water 42-47

This story arc ran for six issues, published from August 2014 to March 2015. Here are my impressions:

  • The first issue of this arc presents a good deal of exposition—important, but one could become impatient for advancing the storyline.

  • We get to see the King of Secrets! He and his servants make a striking impression.

  • Shards of the King's mirror could make for useful relics, given that they connect to similar items carried by Knights of Solomon in the field.

  • “The Six seeded messengers into each new world.” That is interesting, especially when combined with the different forms that the Six have assumed in various worlds.

  • At the end of Issue 43 we see someone standing behind Kalfu. I don't recall if I guessed who that was when I read that issue for the first time, but we eventually learn that it is Gord Cantrell, who struck a deal with that crossroads demon.

  • The appearance of Kirby in his changed form is intriguing. For one thing, it confirms that the snakemen are made from existing humans, which could be a good plot hook. Secondly, it opens the possibility that someone could undergo the transformation process, and yet still retain a semblance of their true identity.

  • Finally, we see a lengthy battle that sprawls throughout a small town. This could make for an exciting encounter in an RPG session, using a town such as Fort Griffin as the backdrop.

  • Oh—riding the Thunderbirds into battle is awesome!

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