One Mad Dog

[Hitman : Volume 1 : A Rage In Arkham] – (Garth Ennis, John McCrea)
July 20, 2010, 10:38 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Garth Ennis, Hitman, John McCrea

This collected edition contains Hitman #1-3, Demon annual #2 and Batman Chronicles #4.  This isn’t just another Punisher variant by Garth Ennis, this book is an all together lighter and more bizarre read.  It is a bit like the love child of Spawn, The Punisher and the Boys.  The “Hitman” is a hired killer with a strong morale code that doesn’t allow him to kill good guys. After an encounter with a Demon he ends up with X-Ray vision and the ability to read minds which improves his hit man abilities to the point where he can take on supervillains and the like. Hitman is set in Gotham city but it isnt your fathers Gotham.  It features classic Batman locations and crime lord style action but mixes in grotesque and at times comical demons .  It took me a little while to warm to the over the top style action but Garth’s witty writing won me over and by the final story, about a hit on the Joker,  I was hooked. John McCea’s comic book style artwork is appropraite and actually gets better as the series progresses. It culminates in some satisfying artwork  in the Arkham story which is also the high point of the book.  Rage In Arkham is printed on standard comic book stock paper so it is nothing special in the presentation department  but the content more than makes up for that.  [ISBN-13: 978-1563893148]. 8/10

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