Thwip!’s Retro Reviews – 100 Bullets

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about the 100 issue Vertigo series,  100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso (and covers by Dave Johnson).

Published during the golden age of Vertigo around the turn of the century (I just wanted to say that), 100 Bullets has one of the most intriguing hooks – if you had the opportunity to take revenge with little to no repercussions, would you do it?

From that (basically) simple premise, 100 Bullets goes into a long, deep conspiracy that makes a person’s head spin (in a good way).

Azzarrello’s story is interesting in that at first you think it is kind of a simple revenge fantasy story, but then as he gives more background to a variety of characters that keep recurring, you find yourself falling into the deep machinations of Agent Graves and his allies.

A hundred issues may seem a bit long for some, but taken as story arcs, it actually quite readable, especially when it culminates in the unholy mess at the end (it really needed the build-up, any faster and it would not be a great pay off).

The other main player to this whole series is Eduardo Risso’s noir art, which helped to solidify his style and gave the series such a distinctive look.

A nice investment of time and energy, 100 Bullets is worth a read for those who want to spend their afternoons reading a gritty crime drama over a few weeks (this is definitely not a fast read).

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