Thursday, June 23, 2011

100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call - Review

Murder Done Justice

What would you do if someone gave you the indisputable proof in a briefcase that it was one person's fault that your life had been ruined? That the person in question did it on purpose and out of malice, and that you could have a chance to serve them justice? How you ask? With a handgun and 100 untraceable bullets, that, while in your possession, but you above the rules of the law. Until those bullets run out, you're free to inflict justice on those who have wronged you, and anyone else deemed worthy of violent justice.

Written by Brian Azzarello, drawn by Eduardo Risso, and published by Vertigo, 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call is the first trade paperback collection of the beloved comic book series. This crime noir book has a strange Twilight Zone atmosphere in the involvement of the stranger known as Agent Graves, who appears to different people each issue in order to give them the 100 bullets they need to have closure. His intentions are vague, but the chance for extremely powerful story telling is vast.

The artwork in this book is nothing short of breathtaking. It can change from simple indoor scenes to large outdoor bleeding panels of color and shadows. The stories are new takes on old classics, and the involvement of the briefcase and bullets makes each story and character incredibly unique.

I bought volumes 1 - 7, all with their own interesting numbered title. I read through it in a single sitting, and anyone who loves old crime noir movies will devour it just the same. I recommend this series without reservation. Azzarello and Risso deliver on all fronts and it shows.

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