One Mad Dog

[100 Bullets Vol. 1 First Shot, Last Call] – (Brian Azzarello)
April 5, 2010, 1:22 am
Filed under: 100 Bullets, 7 stars, Brian Azzarello

I picked up this book in Borders and started reading it and it seemed to be an interesting story line. This coupled with the fact that it was only $10 made me take a chance. I am glad I did as this is good book that really gets you thinking. The basic premise is that some sort of government agent approaches people who have been wronged and offers them a gun with 100 bullets that are untraceable for them to put things right. Of the three stories contained in this first book, the first is by far the best. It is a really good story of gangland Chicago from a street gangs perspective. Very well drawn and good dialogue (even if I had no idea what they were saying half the time). Because it is a Vertigo book the only down side is that it appears to be printed on toilet paper rather than the glossy stuff you get from other publishers. [ISBN-13: 978-1563896453]. 7/10

[100 Bullets Vol. 2: Split Second Chance] – (Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Grant Goleash, Clem Robins)
April 5, 2010, 1:10 am
Filed under: 100 Bullets, 6 Stars, Brian Azzarello, Clem Robins, Eduardo Risso, Grant Goleash

After reading the first book I though this series was just going to be a collection of short tales of revenge but within this book many layers of the overall plot are revealed .  The story is intriguing and after the author revealed a few clues about agents “Graves” and “Fisher” I think I am properly hooked.  I had some difficulties understanding the street dialogue and in the section set in Paris I feel some sort of subtitles were in order. I had similar difficulties in the first book. The artwork is good and both stories were very enjoyable to read. The only real letdown is the poor paper quality but this is typical for Vertigo and the price isn’t too bad. This novel advances the series along very nicely. 6/10