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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Jonah Hex #14

In Jonah Hex #14, young Jonah's father throws him into the well of an outhouse. After what would seem to be several hours, Jonah manages to pull himself out of the fetid and stinking cesspool.

Back in my Boy Scout days, we had latrines at summer camp. They were rather deep, and one time my curiosity was enough to shine a flashlight down one to see how it looked at the bottom. I wouldn't recommend doing it; in this case, ignorance is bliss.

Jordi Bernet may have drawn a pretty gross looking pit, complete with stink fumes, but it's nothing compared to what truly lies at the bottom of a latrine. The thought that Hex would willingly stay for any length of time at all is mind-boggling. Palmiotti and Gray may have inadvertantly written the most nauseating scene I've ever seen in a comic. Simply put, the cover ain't lying when it says "The Horrifying Origin of Jonah Hex."