The Sixth Gun

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The Sixth Gun
Cover of The Sixth Gun #1 (May 2010). Art by Brian Hurtt.
Publication information
Publisher Oni Press
Schedule Monthly
Genre Weird West
Publication date May 2010 – June 2016
No. of issues 50
Creative team
Created by Cullen Bunn
Brian Hurtt
Written by Cullen Bunn
Artist(s) Brian Hurtt
Tyler Crook (#14, #23, #41)
Colorist(s) Brian Hurtt (#1–5)
Bill Crabtree(#6–present)

The Sixth Gun is an ongoing, monthly comic book series created by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt and published by Oni Press.

Summary[edit]

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 his or her death. The guns are numbered, with the titular Sixth Gun belonging to one of the story's 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, the Knights of Solomon, the Sword of Abraham, and others vying for control of the guns.

Cold Dead Fingers[edit]

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.

Publication History[edit]

Issues[edit]

Story Arc Issue Release Date[1] 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[2]
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 2016 Cullen Bunn Brian Hurtt Bill Crabtree
49 May 2016
50 June 2016

Spin-offs[edit]

Sons of the Gun[edit]

A five-issue spin-off featuring General Hume's horsemen: Bill Sumter, Ben Kinney, Will Arcene, and Silas Hedgepeth.

Issue Release Date Writer Artist Colorist
1 February 20, 2013 Cullen Bunn
Brian Hurtt
Brian Churilla Bill Crabtree
2 March 27, 2013
3 April 17, 2013
4 June 19, 2013
5 July 31, 2013

Days of the Dead[edit]

A five-issue spin-off featuring Brother Roberto Vargas and Jesup Sutter.

Issue Release Date Writer Artist Colorist
1 August 6, 2014 Cullen Bunn
Brian Hurtt
Mike Norton Bill Crabtree
2 September 17, 2014
3 October 15, 2014
4 January 7, 2015
5 February 4, 2015

Dust to Dust[edit]

A three-issue spin-off miniseries featuring Billjohn O'Henry.[3]

Issue Release Date Writer Artist Colorist
1 March 11, 2015 Cullen Bunn Tyler Crook Bill Crabtree
2 April 15, 2015
3 May 13, 2015

Valley of Death[edit]

A three-issue spin-off miniseries.[4]

Issue Release Date Writer Artist Colorist
1 June 3, 2015 Brian Hurtt A.C. Zamudio Ryan Hill
2 July 15, 2015
3 August 26, 2015

Trade Paperback Collections[edit]

The Sixth Gun has been collected into the following trade paperbacks:

Volume Title Material collected Release Date ISBN
1 Cold Dead Fingers The Sixth Gun #1–6 January 12, 2011 9781934964606
2 Crossroads The Sixth Gun #7–11 June 15, 2011 9781934964675
3 Bound The Sixth Gun #12–17 April 25, 2012 9781934964781
4 A Town Called Penance The Sixth Gun #18–23 November 28, 2012 9781934964958
5 Winter Wolves The Sixth Gun #24–29 August 23, 2013 9781620100776
The Sixth Gun:
Sons of the Gun
The Sixth Gun:
Sons of the Gun
#1–5
December 11, 2013 9781620100998
6 Ghost Dance The Sixth Gun #30–35 February 5, 2014 9781620100165
7 Not the Bullet, But the Fall The Sixth Gun #36–41 September 24, 2014 9781620101414
The Sixth Gun:
Days of the Dead
The Sixth Gun:
Days of the Dead
#1–5
May 20, 2015 9781620102381
8 Hell and High Water The Sixth Gun #42–47 July 22, 2015 9781620102466
The Sixth Gun:
Dust to Death
The Sixth Gun:
Dust to Dust
#1–3

The Sixth Gun:
Valley of Death
#1–3

December 2, 2015 9781620102688
9 Boot Hill The Sixth Gun #48–50 October 26, 2016 9781620102992

Hardcover Collections[edit]

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.[5]

Title Material collected Bonus Material Release Date ISBN
The Sixth Gun: Volume One
  • The Sixth Gun #1–11
  • "Them's What Ails Ya!"
  • Introduction by John Layman
  • Cover Gallery
  • Pitch Artwork
  • Production Artwork
November 27, 2013 9781934964842
The Sixth Gun: Volume Two
  • The Sixth Gun #12–23
  • Introduction by Jason Aaron
  • Interview with Tyler Crook
    from The Sixth Gun #14
  • Interview with Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Sixth Gun #17 script
  • Cover Gallery
  • Sketch Gallery
April 22, 2015 9781620101803
The Sixth Gun: Volume Three
  • The Sixth Gun #24–35
  • The Christmas Story
  • Illustrated Introduction by Chris Schweizer
  • Interview with Bill Crabtree
  • Cover Gallery
  • Sketch Gallery
November 4, 2015 9781620102848
The Sixth Gun: Volume Four
  • The Sixth Gun #36–41
  • The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1–5
  • Introduction by Stan Sakai
August 23, 2017 9781620102848

Critical reception[edit]

Through 2012, The Sixth Gun has been nominated for two Eisner Awards[6] and three Harvey Awards.[7]

Year Award Category Outcome
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

Adaptations[edit]

Television pilot[edit]

On July 22, 2011 it was announced that The Sixth Gun would be adapted into a six-part mini-series to air on the SyFy channel,[8] however this did not come to fruition.

In 2013 NBC ordered a pilot based on The Sixth Gun, and Laura Ramsey,[9] W. Earl Brown, Graham McTavish and Aldis Hodge were cast.[citation needed] Additional cast included Michiel Huisman as Drake Sinclair,[10] Pedro Pascal as Agent Ortega[11] and Elena Satine as Missy Hume. On May 8, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBC had passed on the series.[12]

Roleplaying Game[edit]

In 2015, Pinnacle Entertainment Group published the official role-playing game based on The Sixth Gun utilizing the Savage Worlds rules system. The core rulebook is written by Scott Alan Woodard.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sixth Gun". Oni Press. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Long, Aaron. "Colorist Bill Crabtree Discusses "The Sixth Gun"". Interview. Comicosity.com. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Ching, Albert. "NYCC Exclusive: Bunn's Favorite Character Takes Center Stage in "The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust"". http://www.comicbookresources.com. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 10 October 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Tweedale, Mark. "Haunted Trails: "Hell and High Water" and Beyond". http://multiversitycomics.com/. Multiversity Comics. Retrieved 30 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Hensley, Shane. "The Sixth Gun RPG Kickstarter - Comments section". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "2012 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". 
  7. ^ "2011 Harvey Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. 
  8. ^ Hudson, Laura. ""Sixth Gun" Supernatural Western Comic to Become Syfy TV Show". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/michiel-huisman-to-star-in-nbc-pilot-the-sixth-gun/
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide to What Lives, Dies and Still Has a Pulse

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