Six-gun Gorilla

Six-gun Gorilla

Graphic Novel - 2014
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Lost in a lawless, post-apocalyptic other-world. Good thing your companion is a...Six-Gun Gorilla! Welcome to "the Blister" -- a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there. Written by Simon Spurrier (Marvel's X-Men Legacy, Crossed Wish You Where Here), drawn by hot new talent Jeff Stokely (Fraggle Rock, The Reason for Dragons), and featuring a cover by Eisner Award-winning artist Ramón Pérez (A Tale of Sand, Wolverine & The X-Men), Six-Gun Gorilla is a pulpy mash-up of Western weirdness and lo-fi science fiction unlike anything else!
Publisher: Los Angeles : BOOM! Studios, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781608863907
Branch Call Number: SPU
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations


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Nov 29, 2016

Spurrier is one of my favorite writers, and this book is one of the reasons why. In the 22nd century, humans who want to die can volunteer for a war zone on a colonized planet, where their deaths can be broadcast as reality TV. This time, it doesn't go according to plan. The divorced ex-librarian known as Blue-3425 doesn't die when he's supposed to. He ends up with a watch that's more than it seems, and folks on both sides of the conflict want to take it. And then there's the talking gorilla. It's about truth being manipulated in the service of profit. It's about the power of story. The art is just the right level of weird for the characters and the plot. The colors are extremely rich and well thought-out, changing as the tale shifts between the colony and Earth.

Sep 03, 2014

An unexpected take on the intelligent, gun-toting gorilla trope, Six-Gun Gorilla delivers a biting commentary on pop culture and the sycophantic nature of reality television. In the 22nd century, Earth colonizes a mysterious world known as “The Blister.” As often happens, a civil war breaks out but unlike previous such incursions, the action is played out live on vidscreens for the entertainment of the Earth’s populace. Implanted with recording devices, blue coats, Earthers wanting to die, fight against the rebels. One such suicidal soldier goes rogue and joins up with a unique companion: a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla.

Using this backdrop, Spurrier adroitly explores the confluence of the past and present, haves and have-nots, the observed and the observers, and violence and pacifism. Newcomer Stokely stylistically and expertly renders the proceedings. The highly recommended Six-Gun Gorilla offers a clever and diverting piece science fiction/western entertainment.

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