This Jonah Hex original graphic novel is written by current Jonah Hex writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Jonah Hex co-creator Tony DeZuniga. The story is the sort of thing that we’ve seen a million times before in Jonah Hex comics – Hex defending a town full of cowardly, unarmed innocents from bandits – but here he is also briefly reunited with his mother, who abandoned him to his cruel father as a child, and discovers that he has a half-brother who is a priest. It’s a decent story, and just as good as an average issue of the current Jonah Hex series. Unfortunately, Tony DeZuniga’s art has seen much better days. I’m not going to complain about it too much, as DeZuniga is about 70 years old now and I love to see the old guys getting work - plus it’s not like the art was terrible, just a bit messy and hurried-looking - but it did drag the story down a bit, in my opinion. Still, while this book is no classic, I enjoyed reading it while I was reading it and didn’t pay much for it at all.
This hardcover edition has a recommended retail price of £14.99 / $19.99. You can get it from online for nearer £10.00 but I got my copy as part of a pretty great eBay win, which included this book, the first six trade paperbacks collecting the current JH series, all eighteen issues of that Hex series from the 1980s, where JH got sent to the future, plus eight more JH comics, for £25.00 (including postage). Bingo!