One of Robby's all-time favorite Jonah Hex stories is "Violence at Vera Cruz," written by Michael Fleisher, and drawn by Jose Garcia-Lopez (cover by Gray Morrow). WHY is this one of Robby's favorites? Easy answer: Jose Garcia-Lopez! This man is known in comic book circles as the "artist's artist," and for a very good reason.
His layouts, his figures, his perspective, his faces, his insane level of detail -- in short, because he is an absolute master at everything that makes a comic artist (or any artist) GREAT. And whatever he draws is my favorite.
As for the story itself, written by Michael Fleisher, let me be honest. I'm not even sure I've read it. How can you read words when the pictures that surround them are so intoxicatigly brilliant that you could stare at every panel for HOURS? I mean, just take a gander at the splash page below!
And then there's THIS... reader, this is not a double-page spread that has been reduced in size, it's a SINGLE PANEL seen at the almost same size it was printed at. The uniforms, the rifles, the horses, the everything... all perfecto.
Another mind-blowing single panel from the same story...
...and ANOTHER! Basically, they're all like this. All perfecto.
Close-up shot of Hex's lovely face. Ugly and disfigured, but with Garcia-Lopez drawing it, our pal Jonah has never looked better.
BELOW: We close with a brilliant HEX pencil sketch by Garcia-Lopez.