YMMV: Jonah Hex

The Comic Books

  • Complete Monster: William "Sawbones" Zimmerman was a brief but memorable foe of Jonah Hex. A former doctor during the Civil War, Zimmerman made a name for himself via horrible experiments and live dissections of prisoners of war, with his apprentices and himself also carrying out the same vivisections on blacks. After the war, Sawbones takes to kidnapping and murdering innocent young women without even the pretense it is for anything but enjoyment. When Hex falls into his hands, the doctor attempts to torture him to death as well, revealing he has a group of like-minded fellows he's trained that he intends to spread into the country, killing those they can via horrible means all in the name of twisted "science."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One issue has worried Hex checking out a cave for bears, and when he sighs in relief for finding none, he is immediately jumped by a cougar. It comes off like something out of a typical session of Red Dead Redemption.
  • Iron Woobie/Jerkass Woobie: Hex is not a nice guy, but given the sheer amount of horrible things that happen to him throughout his life through no fault of his own, it's not surprising his disposition's so sour.
  • My Real Daddy: Michael Fleisher took over writing duties for the character from creator John Albano in 1974 and continued to write the character until 1987, when the character's series was canceled. Over this 13 year period he wrote at least 125 Hex stories over three series (Weird Western Tales, Jonah Hex and Hex), more than any other Hex writer. The Justin Gray/Jimmy Palmiotti writing team almost certainly count too, writing over 100 Hex issues from 2005 to '14.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: With The New 52 the fan-favorite Jonah Hex series was cancelled and replaced by All-Star Western. The name change came with a drastically new format and status quo: Instead of being a series of unconnected short stories featuring different artists it became ongoing story with a single artist and backup stories featuring other characters. The bigger change was the fact that Hex is now in Gotham, working with Amadeus Arkham. The fanbase was appropriately split over this. Those opposed claim the new series isn't as unique as the old one, loses the "western" feel (due to the Eastern, urban setting) and is a blatant attempt to cash-in on the Batman franchise. Proponents claim that after a six year run a change is welcome and that while it may have been a cash-in it worked, with All-Star selling much better than Jonah Hex did. Through all this, the fact that Gray and Palmiotti, at least, remained on the book was met with widespread relief, however.

The Film