Sunday, October 31, 2021

Reading Again--The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust

Since we started the month with the first of these prequel comic series, it seems appropriate to finish with the fourth of them. This one is perhaps my favorite. 


Dust to Dust 1-3

These three issues were originally published from March to May of 2015. Here are my impressions:

  • It is nice to see more of Billjohn O'Henry, since his character was effectively silenced early in the story arc of the main comic.

  • These comics give us another interesting look at two more character groups—Kid Bedlam's gang of not-so-tough hombres, and the traveling show run by Rev. Mad Dog Murray.

  • There's a potential plot hook in the fact that Kid Bedlam apparently hid a statue, perhaps with other loot, and the Pinkertons are looking for it.

  • Billjohn's encounter with Silas “Bitter Ridge” Hedgepeth makes for some ironic foreshadowing. Also, since Silas is traveling by himself, does that mean this series takes place before Sons of the Gun?

  • We also get to see Abigail Redmayne! That means this series must take place before Days of the Dead.

  • Another potential plot hook involves the Reverend's newest elixir, which he threatens to test on Billjohn. Does it have an actual Power?

  • Finally, this short arc is a great of example of how characters' connections can make for a really personal, meaningful tale.

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