Column -- "Devils And Machines: On Jonah Hex And All Star Western"

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ph.D.. Craig Fischer, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: My complaint here is that Hex’s idiosyncratic qualities, including the series’ ambiguous, Western-style protagonist, and its focus on the ethics of torture, have been paved over by All Star Western’s pandering to the market. An unexpectedly lively comic book—and the only contemporary Big Two comic that dove into some deep currents of the Western genre—is gone, replaced by a sleek and soulless New 52 machine. And to repeat what the preacher in Peckinpah’s Ballad of Cable Hogue says: “The Devil seeks to destroy you with machines.”

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Fischer, C. (2012). "Devils And Machines: On Jonah Hex And All Star Western" The Comics Journal (TCJ), August 8, 2012. Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2012
Jonah Hex, All Star Western, torture, Westerns, comics, film, American myth

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