Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have been writing the adventures of Jonah Hex for years now, and they're still going strong with All Star Western. However, since Hex isn't in the title of the book anymore, their focus is expanding to include other characters in DC's western history as well. We've already seen a back-up story featuring El Diablo, and with the next issue, the writing team will be introducing a brand new character called The Barbary Ghost.
"The story itself takes place way west of Gotham," Palmiotti said in reference to where Hex has been raising cain in the first three issues. "In 1878 San Francisco, in the area known as the Barbary Coast: known for it’s development during the California gold rush, and since then has become famous for its gambling, prostitution and crime. Our story follows the plight of the Tsen family, a group of Chinese immigrants coming to the new world to make a fresh start for themselves in America. More specifically, we focus on the daughter of the family, Yanmei, as she deals with crime lord Bo Long, and his gang of killers and thieves as they shake down her family for protection money.
"We felt, looking at all the western characters out there, that featuring a character that has a Chinese background would be an interesting twist to the western genre," he continued, "and at the same time introduce the reader to another story about the world back then that isn’t covered very much in comics. The history of the old west is so rich and fascinating, we wanted to create characters that would not only be interesting, but also keep with the tradition of All Star Western. The story itself is a classic tale of revenge set against some horrible conditions …a story where we see how one person can step up against all odds, and make a difference. The Barbary Ghost has all the classic themes and we think just the right stuff to become an important part of the new DC universe."
Here is your first look at All Start Western #4, featuring art by Phil Winslade.