‘Six-Gun Gorilla’ #1: The Comic You Should Be Reading This Week

We’ve got this week’s release list, and a lot of reviews from DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and Valiant. Not to mention our favorite book of the week, about a talking, well-armed gorilla.

You can find the full release list on the last slide, but if you’re in a rush, here are the highlights.

  • DC launches Batman: Zero Year with Batman #21, and also Scott Snyder’s take on Superman, Superman Unchained; we reviewed both yesterday. There’s also more Suicide Squad and Lil’ Gotham.
  • Marvel finishes Alpha: Big Time and has more of the wonderful Wolverine.
  • Image has more Manhattan Projects and Great Pacific.
  • Dark Horse finishes the superb Black Beetle: No Way Out, and starts both Breath Of Bones: A Tale of The Golem and The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys.
  • IDW lauches Thumbprint, and a new Crow miniseries, Curare.
  • Boom! launches Six-Gun Gorilla and has more Bravest Warriors.
  • And Valiant continues Harbinger Wars.

And now for the reviews, starting with the comic you should be reading this week.

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Comics owe a lot to the pulps, and in fact we’re in the middle of a pulp revival right now, spearheaded by Dynamite and by books like The Black Beetle. But Simon Spurrier, best known around here for the superb miniseries Extermination and his work on X-Men Legacy, has a very different take on the pulps.

Six-Gun Gorilla is “pulpy”, but “pulpy” in the sense that “goofy things are presented without comment.” This is a book that takes place in the middle of a war in an alternate dimension where only pneumatic weapons and clockwork tools actually function, armies use giant turtles as bases, and the news is projected live via tumors that make you psychic. It’s undeniably pulp, but pulp in a different sense from other books on the stands.

And it’s rooted in character. Our hero isn’t the aforementioned primate but rather a nameless librarian, obsessed with the pulps, who chose becoming a bloody smear in an alternate dimension over dealing with his problems. Spurrier can be a real smart-ass when he wants to be, but here he sets that tone aside for something a bit more sincere and heartfelt.