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100 Bullets Vol. 6: Six Feet Under the Gun
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 741.5973
EAN: 9781563899966
ISBN: 1563899965
Label: Vertigo
Manufacturer: Vertigo
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: 2003-10-01
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: 100 Bullets
Comment: Strong story that was well crafted. It drew me in and kept me reading. The art was interesting, particularly the artist's use of negative images. The story needed some more exposition, but I guess that is what a serial comic is for. I will be reading the next ones.

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Summary: Great premise, too quickly abandoned
Comment: I wanted to like 100 Bullets so much that I actually tried the second volume, even after being immensely disappointed with the first.

The set-up is great: A mysterious agent arrives in your life. He has incontrovertible proof of someone that's done some sort of horrible wrong to you, a big honkin' gun and 100 untraceable bullets. What do you do?

The moral dilemma is terrific, and the possibilities are endless. The good guys, the bad guys, the crimes... limitless stories. And the parts of the series that focus on these stories? Those are the good parts. And Azzarello is clearly a great writer - well up to the task of making this ethical conflicts as absorbing as possible.

However, the premise quickly takes a back seat, as 100 Bullets gets caught up in the larger narrative. Who is this agent? Why does he do this? Is this a... conspiracy?! Honestly? I don't care. Paranoia is old news in comics, whereas the insightful treatment of moral quandries is new and different. Stop world-building and write some stories!

I love the covers - they're stark and intense, using solid black/white tones to reflect the difficult decisions contained within. The interior art, however, disappointed me. It is too cartoony to be taken seriously, and too detailed to be abstract - as a result, it seemed to be disconnected with the subject matter.


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Summary: The greatest chapter of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's crime epic
Comment: After teasing readers for 50 issues, creators Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso finally reveal the origin of the Trust and the Minutemen. From there, the volume tells the story of Minuteman Wylie Times, a man who has lost everything he ever loved and simply doesn't care anymore. When Wylie is reactivated by Agent Graves and remembers his dark, tragic past as a killer, his world begins to fall apart even more than it already has, forcing him into action. Wylie's story is truly heartbreaking, the best yet of all the Minutemen. Although capable of extreme violence, Wylie has a heart of gold and a strong sense of right and wrong. Loyal to his friends and his code, Wylie is a tragic character, unable to forgive himself for one terrible act he committed long ago.

"The Hard Way" also features a character by the name of Gabe. A short, disfigured jazz trumpeter, Gabe just wants to be treated with a little respect. He provides the story's heart and what happens to him both drives the volume's final act and tears at the reader's heart strings.

100 Bullets is an original modern crime epic like no other. The series' many conspiracies and unique characterization set it atop the list of Vertigo's current titles. Azzarello's knack for witty dialogue and Risso's inventive artwork make this series an irresistible read, rife with mystery and intrigue. "The Hard Way" is 100 Bullets' strongest storyline and the rest of the series comes just as highly recommended.

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Summary: My favorite so far
Comment: I've only read the first three, but this is by far my favorite. The first volume is an introduction to the concept, the third is a sort of detour from the main storyline (or maybe not, can't be sure) but the second one is great. It's artwork is nice, the characters are wonderful, and the storyline seemed to be building itself up.

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Summary: Not exactly what I thought it would be
Comment: I had this recommended to me and the premise of the story is quite appealing. The execution and the characters were less than appealing though. My first gripe is that I absolutley can't stand the characters. They're all hood rats and there's plenty of "knowumsayin'" in the text bubbles. I can't stand the ghetto, hip-hop speak and that alone made me not to want to read this again. The art is so-so. I've seen better. I found myself rooting for the bad guys so I wouldn't have to read another, "knowumsayin'" or "homey this, homey that" UGGGHHH!


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