The sins of the past return to haunt Jinny, and maybe some time travel, too! Your Major Spoilers review of Jinny Hex #1 from DC Comics awaits!
JINNY HEX #1
Writer: Magdalena Visaggio
Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Letterer: Gabriela Downie
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 29, 2020
Previously in Jinny Hex: Jinny Hex is ready and raring to go! Our gal is heading back home to take care of some unfinished business! Hoping to take some time off from Multiverse conflict, Jinny reconnects with some old friends and family. But that all goes out the window when a new foe called Three-Eyed Jack transports her town back to the Old West. Now it’s up to Jinny to face off with this super-powered gunslinger and save her town! But Jinny’s about to learn that some threats are closer to her heart than expected.
A BOX OF WEIRD STUFF
Having returned from her dimensional journey with Young Justice, Jinny Hex has returned home to Texas and her family garage, reuniting with her friend she calls Lady Bird. Before she can get used to her new status quo, though, a man named Jack arrives, claiming to be her father. For several days, they bond, with Jinny even showing him her strange family inheritance, the mysterious box of treasures she inherited from Great-Grampa Jonah. Cue the betrayal, as dad steals the trunk in order to get access to an artifact called the Godseye, which he uses to revert the town to the way it was when he was young… in the 1860s! Jinny and Ladybird are forced to fight off her god-like papa, out-thinking her immortal cowboy father, who met Jonah back in the day.
THE OL’ RESURRECTED-MOM ROUTINE, EH?
I found myself enjoying the central relationship of Jinny and Lady Bird (and even the brief family moments of Jack and Jinny) a lot more than the machinations of Three-Eyed Jack, but there’s nothing particularly wrong with this issue’s action sequences. The fact that Jinny uses futuristic frap-guns instead of firearms is a step in the right direction for the character, as “girl with a gun” is a difficult concept to pull off in the year 2020. I also enjoy Melnikov’s art, with faces that remind me a bit of Chris Bachalo and action that feels like they’re emulating Humberto Ramos with more consistent anatomy, making for a nice balance. Superman’s cameo at the end looks great and I enjoy the way this issue ends, with Jinny and Lady Bird setting off on a road trip in Jinny’s truck, setting up the possibility of more Jinny hex in the future.
BOTTOM LINE: PRETTY OKAY
All in all, Jinny Hex #1 is a good done-in-one story that could easily be the beginning of a new adventure or the closing chapter for another teen hero who will go by the wayside until somebody decides to kill her off, but it’s a well-drawn issue with some lovely character work and a nice open ending, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. If you’re looking to see what this character is all about and who Jinny Hex is as a character, this one will do quite nicely.
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JINNY HEX #1
It's a likeable adventure that provides some insight into Jinny's life, but I'm not sure if it's going to be the springboard to more.