The Sixth Gun
|The Sixth Gun|
Cover of The Sixth Gun #1 (May 2010). Art by Brian Hurtt.
|Publication date||May 2010 – June 2016|
|No. of issues||50|
|Created by||Cullen Bunn|
|Written by||Cullen Bunn|
Tyler Crook (#14, #23, #41)
|Colorist(s)||Brian Hurtt (#1–5)|
- 1 Summary
- 2 Publication History
- 3 Critical reception
- 4 Adaptations
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Sixth Gun takes place in the old west, shortly after the end of the Civil War. The story centers around a set of six pistols, each imbued with dark powers. The wielder of each pistol gains an ability unique to that weapon, and is tied to the pistol until their death. The guns are numbered, with the titular Sixth Gun belonging to one of the story's primary protagonists: Becky Montcrief. The other main protagonist is Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a very pragmatic outlook on the guns.
The villains of the series include recurring antagonist General Hume and his four horsemen, the Knights of Solomon, the Sword of Abraham, and the Grey Witch.
Cold Dead Fingers
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Shortly after the Civil War, Drake Sinclair is searching for the Hanging Tree—an oracle that can tell him how to access General Hume's vault, and the untold riches lying within. The souls of the tree tell Drake to seek out the Montcrief family. Meanwhile, Becky Montcrief is taking care of her dying stepfather, a preacher. Just as he asks Becky to toss an old wooden case into the deepest fishing hole she can find, they're attacked by agents of the Pinkerton Agency (who were hired by Hume's wife, Missy) and some thugs. The preacher removes a gun from the case and shoots several of the men, only to be shot and killed himself. Becky picks up the gun and shoots another man, but is captured immediately afterward. Drake shows up that evening, seeing he's too late. He interrogates one of the surviving men, who explains they were hired by a woman in the town of Brimstone.
At the same time, four bandits, each wielding one of the six pistols, attack and kill everyone in a monastery to retrieve Oliander Bedford Hume's body. Hume, thanks to his dark dealings, is undead; his imprisonment on holy ground has left him weakened. The five head back to Brimstone, where Missy Hume is interrogating Becky. Drake finds them, shoots Missy in the head, and frees Becky. Seeing that she is now bound to her stepfather's/Hume's gun, Drake forces her to come with him. On their way back upstairs, they learn that Missy isn't dead; she runs to the bar and gets her men. Billjohn O'Henry (Drake's partner) holds them off, but then Hume and his "Four Horsemen" burst into the bar. After a shootout between the two groups, Billjohn, Sinclair, and Becky manage to escape into the woods.
On the road, Drake explains that Hume was a general for the Confederacy, reviled for the atrocities he and his men committed. Somehow, he came into possession of six magical guns, each of which is more powerful than an ordinary pistol and never needs to be reloaded. Additionally, each has a unique power: one strikes with the force of a cannon, one shoots Hellfire, one inflicts a flesh-rotting disease on those it wounds, one can call up those it kills as golem-like servants, and one allows its wielder to survive any wound. The titular Sixth Gun (formerly Hume's, but now Becky's) grants visions of the past and future. Hume was brought down by a group of men, including a preacher named VonAllmen. One of the few survivors, he had Hume bound in cold iron and secreted at the monastery, then took the Sixth Gun to safeguard it and fled—eventually changing his name to Montcrief and marrying Becky's widowed mother.
The next day, Drake tricks Becky into having another vision—the Maw, and decides that's where they'll head next. The trio settles down for some shut-eye. Becky, having received a vision that reveals that Drake used to work with the Horsemen, steals one of the horses and runs away. She's intercepted by Will Arcene (the bandit wielding the flame gun), who in turn is killed by the Thunderbird. Becky flees, only to run right into Hume and his followers. Billjohn and Drake stumble upon Will Arcene's body, take his flame gun, and follow Becky's trail.
Back at the camp Becky is held hostage but is saved by the Thunderbird. As Mr. and Mrs. Hume realize their army is being destroyed by the giant beast, Bloodthirsty Bill tries to kill Becky; she is saved by Billjohn and Drake. Drake sets Bloodthirsty Bill on fire as the three escape. Hume tries to fight the Thunderbird; Bloodthirsty Bill (badly burnt, but still alive) returns and uses his gun with the force of a cannon to slay the beast. The next day Drake Sinclair, Billjohn, and Becky set up a trap for Silas, one of the remaining Horsemen; Silas is killed, and Drake takes possession of the Fourth Gun, using it to take control of Silas's golem army.
|Story Arc||Issue||Release Date||Writer||Artist||Colorist|
|Cold Dead Fingers||1||May 1, 2010 (FCBD)
July 13, 2010 (retail)
|Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Brian Hurtt|
|2||July 13, 2010|
|3||August 18, 2010|
|4||September 8, 2010|
|5||October 20, 2010|
|6||November 17, 2010||Bill Crabtree|
|Crossroads||7||December 22, 2010||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|8||January 26, 2011|
|9||February 23, 2011|
|10||March 23, 2011|
|11||April 20, 2011|
|Bound||12||June 29, 2011||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|13||July 27, 2011|
|14||August 31, 2011||Tyler Crook|
|15||September 28, 2011||Brian Hurtt|
|16||October 26, 2011|
|17||November 23, 2011|
|A Town Called Penance||18||January 25, 2012||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|19||February 22, 2012|
|20||March 21, 2012|
|21||April 18, 2012|
|22||May 16, 2012|
|23||June 13, 2012||Tyler Crook|
|Winter Wolves||24||August 29, 2012||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|25||September 26, 2012|
|26||October 17, 2012|
|27||December 19, 2012|
|28||January 30, 2013|
|29||February 20, 2013|
|Ghost Dance||30||April 17, 2013||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|31||May 22, 2013|
|32||June 19, 2013|
|33||August 21, 2013|
|34||September 18, 2013|
|35||October 9, 2013|
|Not the Bullet, But the Fall||36||December 11, 2013||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|37||January 15, 2014|
|38||February 5, 2014|
|39||March 12, 2014|
|40||May 7, 2014|
|The Grey Witch||41||June 11, 2014||Cullen Bunn||Tyler Crook||Bill Crabtree|
|Hell and High Water||42||August 27, 2014||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|43||September 24, 2014|
|44||November 5, 2014|
|45||December 3, 2014|
|46||February 11, 2015|
|47||March 25, 2015|
|Boot Hill||48||April 20, 2016||Cullen Bunn||Brian Hurtt||Bill Crabtree|
|49||May 18, 2016|
|50||June 15, 2016|
The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun
A five-issue spin-off featuring General Hume's horsemen: Bill Sumter, Ben Kinney, Will Arcene, and Silas Hedgepeth.
|1||February 20, 2013||Cullen Bunn
|Brian Churilla||Bill Crabtree|
|2||March 27, 2013|
|3||April 17, 2013|
|4||June 19, 2013|
|5||July 31, 2013|
The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead
A five-issue spin-off featuring Brother Roberto Vargas and Jesup Sutter.
|1||August 6, 2014||Cullen Bunn
|Mike Norton||Bill Crabtree|
|2||September 17, 2014|
|3||October 15, 2014|
|4||January 7, 2015|
|5||February 4, 2015|
The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust
|1||March 11, 2015||Cullen Bunn||Tyler Crook||Bill Crabtree|
|2||April 15, 2015|
|3||May 13, 2015|
The Sixth Gun: Valley of Death
|1||June 3, 2015||Brian Hurtt||A.C. Zamudio||Ryan Hill|
|2||July 15, 2015|
|3||August 26, 2015|
|1||May 5, 2018 (FCBD)
June 27, 2018 (retail)
|A.C. Zamudio||Carlos N. Zamudio|
|2||August 8, 2018|
|3||September 5, 2018|
|4||October 10, 2018|
|5||November 14, 2018|
|6||February 6, 2019||Cullen Bunn
|A.C. Zamudio||Carlos N. Zamudio|
Trade Paperback Collections
The Sixth Gun and Shadow Roads have been collected into the following trade paperbacks:
|Series||Volume||Title||Material collected||Release Date||ISBN|
|1||Cold Dead Fingers||
||January 12, 2011||9781934964606|
||June 15, 2011||9781934964675|
||April 25, 2012||9781934964781|
|4||A Town Called Penance||
||November 28, 2012||9781934964958|
||August 23, 2013||9781620100776|
|―||Sons of the Gun||
||December 11, 2013||9781620100998|
||February 5, 2014||9781620100165|
|7||Not the Bullet, But the Fall||
||September 24, 2014||9781620101414|
|―||Days of the Dead||
||May 20, 2015||9781620102381|
|8||Hell and High Water||
||July 22, 2015||9781620102466|
|―||Dust to Death||
||December 2, 2015||9781620102688|
||October 26, 2016||9781620102992|
||June 5, 2019||9781620106341|
There will be six hardcover collections, in both standard and limited edition Gunslinger varieties with all six hardcovers (the fifty issues of the regular series, plus all the spin-offs) released by the end of 2017.
|Title||Material collected||Bonus Material||Release Date||ISBN|
|The Sixth Gun
|The Sixth Gun
|The Sixth Gun
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|2011||Harvey Awards||Best New Series||Nominated|
|2011||Harvey Awards||Best Writer – Cullen Bunn||Nominated|
|2011||Harvey Awards||Best Artist – Brian Hurtt||Nominated|
|2012||Eisner Awards||Best Writer – Cullen Bunn||Nominated|
|2012||Eisner Awards||Best Coloring – Bill Crabtree||Nominated|
In 2013 NBC ordered a pilot based on The Sixth Gun, and Laura Ramsey, W. Earl Brown, Graham McTavish and Aldis Hodge were cast. Additional cast included Michiel Huisman as Drake Sinclair, Pedro Pascal as Agent Ortega and Elena Satine as Missy Hume. On May 8, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBC had passed on the series.
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