mistake him for a racist as well, and rescue him then take him into town with them untilhe recovers from the attack. That night, Jonah joins them by the fireplace and takes partin a discussion with them on race and the state of the south. The men confess thingsthey’ve done and affirm their allegiance to the old ways of the south. Jonah, sickenedand furious, ultimately guns them down in their own home rather than allow them thechance to spread their beliefs and in that moment, decides never to rid himself of hisconfederate uniform, but rather to wear it always as a reminder of the poor woman who’sdeath, the evil that all men are capable of, and his own crime in fighting for the south inthe war. Palmiotti and Gray have also introduced Jonah to his son Jason. In this issue, anelderly Jonah is caught in a firefight with a group of bandits and is saved by a “man of the law” who turns out to be his son. Neither realizes it at the time or at least admits to it, but later Jason tracks Jonah to a bar in town and confronts him. Ostensibly, he wants tomake sure Jonah knows he exists and that he has chosen a more honorable path in thefighting the evil of the west, but then goes on to say he wants nothing to do with the bounty hunter and his dark legend. He leaves Jonah sitting alone, thinking of the pastwith only his drink as company.The current series deals with the social problems of today set against the backdropof the old west, and in perhaps one of the most memorable issues so far, Jonah is accosted by a young man seeking vengeance in the name of his “friend” who has been hangedunjustly. Jonah can tell the young man wants blood for blood, not simply justice, andturns down the job. The story then reveals that the “friend” who was hung, was actuallythe young man’s lover, hung not for crimes, but merely for his sexual preference. Thenext Sunday when the murderers, and all of the other folk of the town, are gathered inthe church the young man acts without Jonah, trapping them inside and sets the churchablaze where they all perish in flames. Mission accomplished, he returns to Jonah to brag. Jonah is taken aback by the ghastly deed and forces him to face the horror of whathe’s done before sending him to hell via a bullet in the name of the children who died inthe church as punishment for a crime they did not commit.While many of the titles created in the 2005 boom, as well as older titles that wererelaunched, have met with cancellation, the new Jonah Hex series continues strong today.Its adult themes and fast-paced tales have made it one of DC’s strongest and most popular non-superhero titles, as well developing a strong following for the character. So much sothat DC has begun releasing the back issues of the 2005 series in collectable trade paperbacks that each contain six stories for the extremely low price of $12.99. The highrenewed interest in the character has also led DC comics to include Jonah in its
line collects classic issues of DC’s most popular titles into massive, five hundred page tomes for $16.99 each, a great value with the onlydraw back being that they are black and white to offset the cost of so many pages at solow a price. The first
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volume collected together almost all of Jonah’s early appearances. The second volume picks up with the start of the1977 series. If Jonah’s popularity holds, it is likely his entire history will be reprinted inthis new format.