“Local Heroes” is the third trade paperback in the Hitman series and it collects issues #9-14. There are two main story arcs contained within the book, “Local Heroes” and “Zombie Night at the Gotham Aquarium”. Both stories follow the same format as the second Hitman trade, being a sort of a cross between “The Boys” and “The Punisher” , but leaning more towards the comedic elements of “The Boys”. There is violence a plenty but it doesn’t have the profanity or nudity of Ennis’s other work and definitely doesnt need a “MAX” label.
Out of the two stories I enjoyed “Local Heroes” the most and it really progressed the Hitman story and supporting character development forward. “Local Heroes” deals with corruption in both the police force and the government and features an appearance of the Green Lantern as a rather bumbling unwilling team up. I have never read a “Green Lantern” story so I dont know if his inclusion would upset fans of that series or not.
“Zombie Night” is a much less serious story that draws upon cult movies for its inspiration. There are elements of the Living Dead, Jaws, Army of Darkness and other classics a plenty. It isn’t very Greenpeace friendly and doesn’t do anything to progress the story but it is an enjoyable romp.
John McCrea’s artwork is good but quite simplistic which fits nicely with the pulp fiction style of this series. It uses a standard “four color” comic palette and is printed on standard comic paper stock so it is nothing special in the presentation department.
If you enjoy Garth Ennis’s other work you should also enjoy this book. [ISBN-13: 978-1401228934]. 8/10
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