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100 Bullets Vol. 8: The Hard Way
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 741
EAN: 9781401204907
ISBN: 1401204902
Label: Vertigo
Manufacturer: Vertigo
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: 2005-08-01
Studio: Vertigo

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100 BULLETS VOL 8: THE HARD WAY continues to unravel the tangled mystery of the Trust as Wylie Times becomes the latest Minuteman to be reactivated by the Trusts onetime enforcer, Agent Graves. But which side will he choose? And what kind of game is Mr. Shepherd playing between the two? Includes an introduction by crime novelist Jason Starr (Twisted City, Tough Luck, Hard Feelings).


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Summary: Graphic SF Reader
Comment: Things are beginning to come together, after several incidents earlier begin to make more sense. No-one can accuse the overarching storyline here of being told at a breakneck pace, that is for sure. This, you presume, is deliberate, so each one of these can happily be told as a stand alone, while still developing the main thread.




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Summary: This is what Brian Azzarello was born to do.
Comment: Brian Azzarello, 100 Bullets: The Hard Way (Vertigo, 2005)

Every time I pick up another Brian Azzarello book, I finish it thinking "there's no way he can top that." And, so far, every time I've been proven wrong.

The Hard Way takes us into the second half of Azzarello's epic 100 Bullets, and it contains his finest creation to date: Gabe, a little man with a very big trumpet. Gabe is not a main character, but he ends up being, from the standpoint of the book's quality, its most important asset.

What the book is actually about is the mission given to Wylie Times at the end of Book 6, the one that caused every 100 Bullets reader's jaw to hit the carpet. This mission puts Wylie back into close contact with Dizzy, and much of the book's pace comes from the back-and-forth between the two of them, the secrets they need to keep from one another, what they choose to reveal, and the times in which they find themselves forced into partnership. Gabe is just a part of the scenery, most of the time, a kid who finds himself in a complex relationship with Wylie, the only person who ever stood up for him.

The first three-quarters of the book is setup; as with all of 100 Bullets, though, the setup is always fun, as Azzarello is capable of keeping the reader interested with a minimum of verbiage, letting Eduardo Risso's wonderful artwork do much of the talking. Then, once the dominoes are set up, Azzarello gives them a nudge, and everything comes toppling down in a design that looks nothing like what you expect it to-- but that ties everything up anyway.

The Hard Way is more than just an installment in a series of graphic novels (or comic books, depending). Where 100 Bullets has often been passed off as a genre noir title-- and in a number of cases, it's simply been satisfied to rise to that level and float-- The Hard Way transcends both graphic novel-dom and noir, in the same way Watchmen or the best issues of Love and Rockets did. The Hard Way is good, solid literature. There are a number of excellent entry points into the world if graphic novels, if you've dismissed them as "just comics" up to this point; while I'm not sure 100 Bullets is one of them (because of the series' weaker volumes), once you've got a few Watchmens, Sandmans, and Preachers, under your belt, tackle 100 Bullets. When you get to The Hard Way, you'll be able to experience it in all its glory. I envy you the chance to experience it for the first time. **** ¬Ĺ

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Summary: "it's never about easy or hard Shepard...and always about the job at hand"
Comment: this title basicly summs it up, what is it like beeing a minutman. and here we are...holding in our hands so far azzarelo's best piece of work! the story of most tragic minutman wylie Times and his confrontation with his past, with his decisions and with his teacher, mentor, father's figure - Agent Shepard. the story is split into several time frames and jumps from one to another with such a cinematic simplicity. This book is definetly for readers that are already familiar with 100 bullets mythology.
This book is one of those that keeps you thinkink about it days after reading it,and makes long months between 100 bullets trades even longer.

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Summary: The ultimate 100 bullets book!
Comment: This has got to be the best volume of the infamuos series.It has the seven-part story arch 'wylie runs the voodoo down' and one shot stories Prey for reign and coda smoke.In this volume we finally find out the history of the trust and the minute men,we also get introduce to a new character and minute man Victor.We also finally get to see wylie as a re-awakened minute man and more pieces of the puzzle get put together,once again the 100 bullets team wraps up another masterpiece.This is the best book in the series and one of my all time favourites,the best ongoing series out there.

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Summary: 100 Bullets does it again
Comment: Collecting issues 50 - 58 of 100 Bullets, The Hard Way solves the Wylie Times plot. After given one of the famous guns and briefcases from Agent Graves, Wylie was told to kill Agent Shepherd.

Additionally, by the end of the book, two of the Minute Men sleeper agents are activated. If you've been following the books, you already know the characters, although you may not know who they are.

As always, the writing is top notch. The characters are developed in layers and the plot continues to unfold as everything falls into place.

I'd like to go more in depth into reviewing this, however, it's difficult to explain to someone unfamiliar with the series and those that are familiar with the series aren't going to want the details of the stories from me. They're going to buy the book, regardless of what I say. Because it's that damn good.

If you're unfamiliar with the series, but are a fan of comics with great stories, this is something you can sink your teeth into, but you'd do best to start from the beginning.


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