Reflecting Hex

Posted: February 10, 2015 by Ty in Musings
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Jonah Hex is a well-known, unknown character within the DC Universe (New 52 or otherwise). He is part of a cadre of Western style heroes, and set in DC’s old west (except when Hex had a sci-fi series, which c’mon DC where’s the collection on that puppy?). Justin Gray and Jimmy Palimiotti have put together some of the best western adventures.

But Hex did have a Vertigo stop over tying back to his “weird” horroresque Western adventures of the 1970’s. Yet who is this character? He is a bounty hunter, a Confederate soldier with a heart even though he tries to hide it. An abusive father after murdering his mother, sold him into slavery himself. He fell in love with an aboriginal woman, and paid the price with the scarification of his face. Yet that did not stop him.

Yes there was the Josh Brolin Movie, which aside from Meghan Fox as Tallulah Black, I   must admit I enjoy, it is a good take on Hex, and ties more to his Vertigo stories than his New 52 or regular DC comics’ adventures. But at its core what the Hex stories are is a story of redemption. Tallulah Black is a character that can be explored within feminism. For she is the victim of atrocities, yet rises up to claim a destiny she was not expecting, and turning her pain into power, and rising to equality with the gun hands of the day.

Within the new 52, he came to Gotham City in its infancy, and was partnered with Amadeus Arkham for the first 3 volumes of the series. The shift of the country boy to the city, created other explorations of character, and the psyche of not only Hex, but of other characters within. It looked deeper into the thrust of how evil can shape a city.

Yes it went a bit sideways when Booster Gold came to the West and Hex became displaced in time to the modern DCnU. Yet even in that it became a character study around destiny, around truth, and more importantly for a damaged anti-hero like Hex, what would a happy ending look like. As before the series was too early cancelled in this writer’s opinion, Hex would return to the west for a happy ending, well as happy as one can expect in the legend that is Hex.

So is any Hex collection worth picking up? Definitely, as whether they are the modern pre-New 52 one off issue collections, or the collected mini-series from Vertigo, or the Showcase Presents of older yarns, to the serialized connected adventures of the New 52 what is found is not a traditional super hero take. What is found within these stories, is the essence of a heroic journey, and one that can be dissected for arche types, and for deeper meanings just like any of the modern myths of our time found in the four colour genre if you will.

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