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The Sixth Gun

The Sixth Gun

Last weekend Oni Press released the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s new ongoing series The Sixth Gun as one of their Free Comic Book Day offerings. If you missed it last Saturday, never fear — you’ll have the opportunity to buy it (with a new cover) on the same day that issue #2 is due in stores in July. And even better, courtesy of our friends at Oni, you can also read it right here on Robot 6 for free!

Here’s a description of the book: “During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. The Sixth Gun – the most dangerous of the weapons – has vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Villains thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing anyone in their path. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunslinger with a shadowy past, stands in their way.”

But wait, he said, there’s more! As we’ve been anticipating The Sixth Gun for awhile now, we’ve invited the creators to guest blog with us here at “Robot Sixth Gun” over the next few weeks as we get closer to the release of the second issue. We’ve got a lot of cool stuff lined up, from Cullen and Brian helping us out with stuff like Shelf Porn and What are you reading?, to interviews and some secret surprise Sixth Gun stuff.

Check out the full issue after the jump, where you’ll also find a press release about the reissue and an order form you can take to your retailer to reserve the reissue and the second issue. Or you can download it as a PDF.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 7TH 2010

THREE SHOTS FROM THE SIXTH GUN — ONI PRESS’ NEW ONGOING SERIES GETS A NEW COVER, FULL PREVIEW, & WEB SPECIAL!

Last weekend was Free Comic Book Day, and since about noon last Saturday the Oni offices have been getting absolutely slammed with requests from fans and retailers alike who were unable to get their hands on the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s new ongoing series THE SIXTH GUN #1. The fact of the matter is the run is completely out of stock.

BUT YOU’RE IN LUCK! In anticipation of just such a response Oni has decided to reissue THE SIXTH GUN #1, with an amazing new cover, for release on the same day as THE SIXTH GUN #2 and to seal the deal Oni is releasing the entire first issue for you to preview online!

http://onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=417

Secure yourself a copy of the new printing before they sell-out by telling your local comic shop retailer to order you THE SIXTH GUN by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt:

SIXTH GUN #1 ñ Order Code: MAY10 1087

SIXTH GUN #2 ñ Order Code: MAY10 1088

Then you can immediately jump into the new ongoing series that Comic Pros are calling:

“An absolute winner in every way.” -Jason Aaron (SCALPED, WOLVERINE)

“…plants the round of their story square between your eyes. Read it, damn you! Read it!” -Greg Rucka (STUMPTOWN, QUEEN & COUNTRY)

“…came out with guns blazing and I’m ready for more.” -Jeff Parker (AGENTS OF ATLAS, MYSTERIUS THE UNFATHOMABLE)

“…full of creepy, atmospheric scenes and bizarre concepts, beautifully realized.” -Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY TRINITY, AVENGERS)

ìThe west just got a whole lot wilder… and weirder!” -Andy Diggle (DAREDEVIL, THE LOSERS)

“Say hello to your new favorite comic.” -Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, UNCANNY X-MEN)

And, because Oni Press loves you, any purchases made at the Oni Press Online Store (www.onipress.com) between May 8th and May 16th will receive a complimentary copy of the Free Comic Book Day Edition of THE SIXTH GUN #1 (while supplies last)!

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THE SIXTH GUN
by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt

During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. The Sixth Gun – the most dangerous of the weapons – has vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Villains thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing anyone in their path. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunslinger with a shadowy past, stands in their way.

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I picked this up at FCBD, and it’s definitely a cracking debut issue.

To be honest, I am a little ambivalent about the art style. It’s fine, but I’m just not sure it isn’t limiting the work in a way. I’ve got to wonder if a bit more serious, less cartoonish style, with a bit of soot and grit to it rather than slick, clean linework, wouldn’t take this series to a whole other level.

Oh well. I’ll give strong consideration to a collected edition, when such may be made available.

Comic Scholar

May 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I grabbed my issue at Austin Books & Comics on FCBD and got to meet Cullen & Brian. Super nice dudes! Wraith hits it on the nose: it’s definitely a cracking debut issue!

But, I’ve got to disagree with some of your comments about Hurtt’s artwork. I think he’s got this classic style of Toth mixed with Mingola mixed with his own thing. If the book were more gritty it would look like every other book on the market! I think his clean linework and strong use of blacks is the BEST PART of the visual story telling! Instead of some overdone, crosshatched, filter filled comic, he stays true to solid illustration. Do you not like Oeming on Powers cause it’s too cartoony? Or Tim Sale’s Batman?

If Cullen or Brian read this: Sixth Gun is going in my sub box at Austin Books, keep up the great work!

Picked up the FCBD issue, loved it and pre-ordered issue #2. I’ve been suggesting to all the regulars at my LCS to read that issue. Now, I have a great spot to point people who weren’t able to get their hands on the physical copy. Looking forward to July!

Hey, folks!

First of all, thanks to everybody who picked up the comic. Brian and I are really excited about it. It’s always a strange feeling when a book finally hits the shelf — a mixture of excitement and bone-numbing fear — because you just never know what people will think of your work. I’ve been so thrilled with the reaction so far. If you liked it, make sure to tell your friends to pre-order it. As Matt mentions, now you have a great place to point people who missed the FCBD issue.

Second, big thanks to “Robot Sixth Gun!” I think the stuff you have planned for us will be a lot of fun!

CS,

I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em. I don’t think your favorable response to the art style is wrong, by any means. I just suspect that I would, personally, find the story more effective with something different. But, of course, I don’t have a “B version” of the comic to compare side by side.

I do think that there are slightly more shades of gray in style possibilities than just “solid illustration” or “overdone, crosshatched, filter filled [art],” though. As a counterpoint to your examples, what about JH Williams III, Eddie Campbell or John-Paul Leon? Hacks, every one of them? ;-)

Comic Scholar

May 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

Wraith,

Nor do I think your views on the style are ‘wrong’, please don’t misunderstand me. And there are definitely more places in-between “solid illustration” et al. JH, Campbell, Leon – Touché. It’s just so refreshing to this kind of style coming back! It reminds me of the old Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing. My love for the old horror stuff is also probably affecting my opinion here.

Since I know Cullen is reading these I’ve got to take a moment to flatter him. I’m an old comic nerd (probably obvious by the way I post on these things. My kids say I sound like I’m writing letters). I’ve met alot of pros in my day and I’ve stood in alot of lines. I go to two or three cons a year and ever year I feel like the creators I meet get more and more indolent about signing (again, maybe I’m just old). I walked into FCBD this year and here’s two young bucks STANDING behind a tall table with their books in front of them. They shook my hand, chatted with me, signed my comic, and THANKED me for coming. Cullen & Brian, thanks for being a class act.

heh, I understand. Especially about getting old! :-)

You do have to like the creators that make a real effort at cons, alright. Even if they have something that isn’t qutie to my taste I often buy an item anyway, because the enthusiasm will probably be in the work as well.

brian potter

May 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Wow. Great issue. Wish I made it out to Austin Books last week. Keep up the great work, guys!

As far as I’m concerned, it’s because of the readers that I’m allowed to attend these conventions and signings. I’m so very grateful to anyone who takes the time to pick up or order one of my books. And not to speak for Brian, but I know he feels the same way. Yes, our feet and backs were killing us after standing all day long (we were offered chairs, but we preferred to stand), but it was a great day and I wouldn’t change a second of it.

I’m so happy folks are digging the issue!

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