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Part 1 of a horrifying 3-part tale never before told: the weird Western origin of Jonah Hex.

Wyoming Badlands, 1868

Five outlaws, including former Union officer Captain Fulsome gather around a campfire at night. They discuss a recent robbery and the subsequent evasion of a pursuing posse. Suddenly, a mysterious stranger attacks from the shadows, taking each outlaw down one by one. He saves Captain Fulsome for last.

Flashback: Fort Donelson, Tennessee, 1862

The Union army of West Tennessee raids a Confederate garrison. Rebel soldier Jonah Hex dives into the Union soldiers, slicing at them with a tomahawk. Captain Fulsome mans a Gatling gun and riddles Hex's body with bullets. Senior officer Colonel Ackerman orders all of the men at the garrison killed except for Jonah.

Flashback: Cumberland River, September 18th, 1862

Colonel Ackerman and Captain Fulsome tie Jonah Hex to a makeshift crucifix on top of a skiff. Fulsome begins whipping him, and the resulting injuries scars Jonah's face and right eye. Having caused him sufficient agony, the Union officers set the skiff sailing down the river.

Before long a man named Nathan and his son find Jonah's unconscious form upon the skiff. They bring him into their spacious home and nurse him back to health.

Flashback: January 17th, 1863

Colonel Fulsome and a group of soldiers raid Nathan's home searching for Hex. They shoot Nathan in cold blood and prepare to rape his wife. Jonah Hex rushes out and begins hacking at the soldiers with an axe. He kills several of them, but Fulsome gets away.

Wyoming Badlands, 1868

Fulsome takes refuge inside of a brothel, but the mysterious stranger who killed his men manages to find him. It is Jonah Hex. Having searched for him for five long years, Jonah exacts revenge upon the man who tortured him.

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