comiXology Unbound's #LongReads
↳Six-Gun Gorilla by sispurrier & jeffstokely
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…
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Molly Brooks recommends Six-Gun Gorilla by sispurrier & jeffstokely
The framing genre of this comic is science fiction– a futuristic couch potato society sending armies to fight a war off-planet– but most of the action takes place in the territory being fought over: a pseudo- old western frontier called the Blister, governed by dream logic and populated by bandits, monsters, and deadly sunlight.
The society fueling the war in the Blister has forgotten the value of crafted fiction in favor of pure spectacle; in a ghoulish extension of reality tv, suicide troops with recording equipment implanted in their brains are sent in with the regular soldiers to capture their (hopefully gruesome) deaths for the audience back home. Wartime tactics are determined by the ratings and advertising figures they’re likely to draw.
The main character, Blue-3425, is one of these suicide troops. Blue is a heartbroken former librarian who thinks he has nothing left to live for, until he gets to the Blister and his brain camera records something it shouldn’t. Suddenly, caught in a warzone in a half-imaginary place, he has a mission again, and a mysterious laconic gorilla commando companion to help him see it through to the end.
Six Gun Gorilla’s strength lies in its worldbuilding; this is a story about story, flipping genres and spitting nonsense at every turn, and it could have easily collapsed into an incoherent mess. But seamless exposition, interesting characters, and a strict adherence to internal logic make it work well as both a sci-fi-cowboy-spy adventure, and as meta-commentary on the value of a good yarn. I enjoyed it immensely, and I highly recommend picking it up!
molly brooks is an artist from nashville currently living in brooklyn. she works at comixology as a digital editor.
Been waiting to show this off for awhile! Ladies and gentlemen JAMES HARREN’s cover for SIX GUN GORILLA!
Shane’s Picks of the Week (10/16/13)
- PICK OF THE WEEK: Hawkeye #13 - I couldn’t wait to read this before I made my picks so I read it and it’s great and bromazing and brobrobrobrobro. So glad it’s back. <3 u fraction.
- Six-Gun Gorilla #5 (of 6) - I don’t know what I’m going to do when this one ends, it’s been my sleeper hit of the year.
- Avengers #21 - I would be entirely okay if this issue is just 22 pages of people high-fiving Thor for his awesome display of radness in Infinity #4
- Sheltered #4 - It’s come to my attention that no one I know is reading this title and I on the other hand am sitting over here loving it. Can one of you check it out and talk to me about how neat it is?!
Shane is the social media dude at comiXology and still can’t feel his legs since NYCC2013
Shane’s Picks of the Week (9/18/13)
- PICK OF THE WEEK: Thor: God of Thunder #13 - How many times do I have to tell y’all that this is one of the most epic books out right now. And yeah, last one was all well and good, but now we’re back to the baddy beating business and Malekith is on deck. Esad Ribic is out on this issue, but he was kind enough to leave us with an awesome cover.
- Five Ghosts vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray - Maaaaan am I excited to read this one. Ghosts AND Literary icons? I’m not sure how you can get any better than that. The only thing that could give it a run for it’s money might be…
- Six-Gun Gorilla #4 - A GORILLA WITH A STEAMPUNK RIFLE! Do I need to say more? Yeah? Okay… well. This has been a surprise favorite for me this summer. Reality-show-satire meets space-western-pastiche. C’mon!
- Captain Marvel #16 - Okay… listen. Maybe you’ve noticed that I have a massive comic-book-crush on Kelly Sue DeConnick, and that would be because I do in fact have a massive comic-book-crush on Kelly Sue DeConnick, but it’s not just because shes lovely but because Captain Marvel is one of the best books out right now and if you’re not reading it by now then I don’t know how to help you. Help me help you. Read this.
Shane is the marketing assistant at comiXology and wishes he was still in high school so he could ask Kelly Sue to go to prom with him.
Six Gun Gorilla #4 gets the nod for our featured book of the week (and also one of the COOLEST COVERS EVER!)
Shane’s Picks of the Week (8/14/13)
- PICK OF THE WEEK: Saga #13 - SAGA’S BACK!
- Thor: God of Thunder #11 - Do you ever feel like you need something really EPIC in your life? This book is it. Also, the finale of the Godbomb arc!
- Six-Gun Gorilla #3 (of 6) - It’s got guns, it’s got gorillas, it’s got romance(?), and its makes fun of reality TV. What else do you need?
- Batman #23 - Zero Year has been so so good. Snyder and Capullo really have done a great job refreshing Batman’s early years.
Shane is the marketing assistant at comiXology and has mentioned Saga to every person he has met over the last year and a half.