Jonah Hex - Costume Change Controversy

They are calling for his costume to change

I get it. It’s hard to recommend a comic about a hero who dresses like a Confederate soldier. Writers have done a good job of justifying it in the past, but comics are a visual medium and optics matter. Maybe it’s time for him to evolve.

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Can you imagine how bad the uniform smells? He never changes it. But as long as they don’t change his backstory (that’s still solid and makes him a far more interesting character) then I don’t really think getting him some new duds would be a big deal.

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Let us recall that Gray and Palmiotti’s run in All-Star Western ended with them taking away Jonah Hex’s SCARS. Compared to that, the uniform is small potatoes.

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Hes part of that new crossover dark.metals or something like that

I also put this topic intv section since hesbeen on t

Keep him in gray, take away the Confederate symbols yet DC can still keep the backstory of him being from the Confederate side originally.

It really doesn’t make sense IMO when you see J Hex on CW DC Legends of Tomorrow that he’s in that suit still as a sheriff in a western town. It just doesn’t make any logical fictional sense.

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To be fair, that’s a decision I can forgive only because Gray and Palmiotti used the “no more scars” plot point as a way to give Jonah the best possible “good ending” he could receive.

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The Saint of Killers stays the same though right?

As Jonah grew into adulthood, he joined the United States Army as a cavalry scout. By 1861, the country was radically divided. When war erupted between the Northern states and the Southern states, Jonah shifted his loyalties to the newly formed Confederate States Army and earned a commission as a lieutenant in the 4th CS Cavalry. During this time, Jonah met a fellow soldier named Jeb Turnbull and the two became close friends.

As time went on, Hex found himself increasingly torn between his loyalties to the South and his feelings towards the treatment of slaves. In September 1862, President Abraham Lincoln announced his Emancipation Proclamation – a proposed bill that would outlaw slavery in most slave-holding states. Jonah realized that he could no longer support a system that elected to hold his fellow man in bondage, however, he had no intention of betraying his comrades by cooperating with the Union. Therefore, he felt that the best option available to him was to surrender and wait out the war. He abandoned his post and went to the Union camp at Fort Charlotte, sneaking into the Camp captain’s quarters to surrender directly.[14] The camp’s captain pressured Hex to reveal the location of his Confederate unit, but Jonah refused to yield the information. However, an orderly examined samples of clay from the iron shoes on Hex’s horse, and determined where the Confederate soldiers were stationed.

The Union soldiers tracked the enemy back to their camp and took them by surprise. As the Confederate soldiers were arrested, the Union captain, smarting from the fact that Hex was able to penetrate the fort’s security, publicly thanked Jonah for his assistance, marking him as a traitor in the eyes of his former unit. Hex responded by brutally punching him and was sentenced to solitary confinement.

Jonah found a shaft beneath his cell and used it to access the compound where Jeb Turnbull and the other prisoners were being held. He aided them in trying to escape, but the fort’s soldiers were prepared for them. Unbeknownst to Hex, the Captain had deliberately had the “escape tunnel” dug. The fort did not have enough food to support its soldiers, let alone prisoners, so he had manipulated Hex into staging a breakout so that he could legitimately claim that the prisoners were shot trying to escape.

In an event that history would know as the “Fort Charlotte Massacre,” the Union soldiers shot down nearly every escapee in cold blood, including Jeb Turnbull. Jonah found himself a victim of a Union bullet as well but managed to survive long enough to kill the camp’s captain. The handful of survivors, unaware of the captain’s treachery, blamed Jonah and spread the word of his apparent betrayal.

Following the Fort Charlotte Massacre, Jonah patched himself up and moved out toward the Western territories.

Only argument I can think of to justify it is that the soldier’s uniform makes him stand out some from other similar western characters in DC’s lineup, but that doesn’t mean someone couldn’t figure something out, give him a new outfit that pops.

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