Review: Reed Gunther #6

Published on December 12th, 2011

You want to know one of the best comics you should be reading? Reed Gunther #6, by Chris Houghton and Shane Houghton, from Image comics. I know what you’re saying: “But it’s issue six, and I haven’t read the previous five issues!” That’s fine, because this is a one-shot that explains how Reed (The Cowboy) met up with Sterling (The Bear).

reedgunther6Without giving too much detail about this issue, we find out that Reed had a hard time following in his father’s footsteps as a young child. Yet Chris Houghton does a fabulous job of illustrating the love that Reed has for his father at the same time. We also see the worries that a father has for his young son: that he may not be cut out for thisworld. This is some of Chris’s best work I have seen in his young talented career.

I can’t help realizing that Reed looks a bit like Chris, who is the younger brother of Shane Houghton, the series writer. I’m wondering if he was looking at himself in the mirror as he was working on this issue, but it’s working, since this is some of the best comic book artwork of the past week. There is something simple about his
illustration, but it works so well for this book and for the story the Reed Gunther boys are telling. Now to be fair, I have to talk about both brothers. That’s fine with me, because Shane is doing something that we don’t see a lot in modern comics: he is telling a story for young readers and adults at the same time. Myself, I am 33 years old
and I love the book.

It has a very simple quality that we don’t see often in comics anymore – that is, it is just fun. Shane also talks about some serious issues, like what if you don’t live up to your father’s expectations. That is a problem that we see in this issue, but at the same time, we see some goofy solutions to the problems, that can only be told in comics.

Both Houghton boys are comic lovers, and it really shows in the work they do. They are making fun and enjoyable comics for everyone around. I know people may look at the cover and think to themselves, “Oh,
another kids book, that’s not for me.” But guess what? If you’re not reading Reed Gunther, you just missed out on the most fun comic of 2011. The good news is, the year is not over yet. The first paperback just came out. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book – honestly, I don’t know what else to say.

This maybe a surprise for some people, but Reed Gunther will be on my top 5 books of the year. This particular issue was the most fun read of the year. I can’t wait to see what the boys have planned for 2012. The future looks bright for this bear-loving cowboy, and Chris Houghton and Shane Houghton, because this is a book not to be missed
for anyone who enjoys great comics.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com