Summary: Excellent Graphic Novel Noir
Comment: Even if you're not a big 100 Bullets fan you ought to give this one a spin because it's unlike the rest of the series and crawls into dark noir territory. Murderous Megan is around and the ubiquitous Agent Grave is there, too, but the multi-issue curve follows a cool personality crisis tale that's beautifully designed by Eduardo Risso. There's loads of sex and death here. Highly recommended.
Summary: Dark noir genius
Comment: A beautifully dark and gritty journey. The plot and dialog are comic book film noir at its finest. The artwork is muscular, where even the simple act of stubbing out a cigarette or throwing a wadded paper on the street is rendered in a way that evokes action and violence. Not for kids.
Summary: Graphic SF Reader
Comment: This is maybe stretching the the title joke a little far, but we have your classic down and out private eye here, that knows more, and is involved more than anyone can think. Of course, there is a deceitful, stunning, femme fatale in the picture, as well.
Much pain and bandaging ensues for him, and others.
Comment: If you are bored of the same crap everyday when it comes to entertainment, this is the solution: READ A BOOK! This one's got pictures and violence and swearing, can you describe a better book? The story is awsome too. However, I recommend you read volumes 1-4 first.
Summary: 100 Bullets comes into its own.
Comment: Brian Azzarello, 100 Bullets: The Counterfifth Detective (Vertigo, 2003)
The fifth volume of the 100 Bullets series is something new for Azzarello, at least within the scope of this series, and it's quite refreshing. This is more classic-noir style than the rest of the series, something Azzarello doesn't normally do. I can't say it's a surprise to see that he does it well (after all, he treaded the line, without ever going across it, in Hellblazer: Freezes Over), but it's a surprise to see that he does it, overall, better than most of the things he does. And Azzarello does everything well.
As most noir does, The Counterfifth Detective starts out with-- what else?-- a private investigator (whom we saw receive his hundred bullets in the background in A Foregone Tomorrow). Milo Garret's stay in the hospital, he finds, wasn't an accident, and Graves has offered him the opportunity to get even. From there, you have the basic revenge storyline that informs most standalone 100 Bullets stories, but filtered here through Dashiell Hammett and a dirty sweat sock.
The best volume so far. If you haven't discovered 100 Bullets yet, you want to. *** ?