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10 Years and 100 Bullets

July 18, 2009

It is in my opinion, one of the greatest pieces of literature in any form. The (un)lucky 13th volume of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets came out last Wednesday and after 10 years it’s all over. Published by DC Comics and their mature imprint, Vertigo, 100 Bullets is my all-time favorite comic book/graphic novel of all time. It’s rich in fantastic dialogue, engrossing art and some of the most memorable characters ever printed.

I should start by saying that I’ve been a comic geek most of my life. I was introduced to them by my big brother when I was a kid. I fell out of it for a long while, but then picked up a graphic novel called Split Second Chance. It was volume 2 of 100 Bullets. I admit it didn’t swoon me right away. But when my brother brought home volume 5, The Counterfiifth Detective I was hooked. I was lost and wanted to be found.

The set-up was simple: Agent Graves gives you a briefcase. In it, a picture of someone and irrefutable evidence that the poor schmuck pictured made your life shit. Also, the means for revenge in the form of 100 untraceable bullets and carte blanche from any and all forms of law enforcement. But as the story got deeper, it was about way more than that. You see America was built on blood. 13 families created a “Trust” to control the power in the country and in order to maintain that trust they implemented a system: 7 men would make sure that the Trust stayed in line and if any moves were made against a member by a member, Agent Graves and the Minutemen would deal with that house. A Mr. Shepherd acted as a liaison between the Trust and the Minutemen giving orders to them when needed.

Seems fair right? Wrong because it gets rough. The Trust decides that the Minutemen are obsolete and decide to betray them. Graves doesn’t like it and hides his Minuteman into society with the intent of “waking them up” when he needs them. A review of all 13 volumes lies head after the jump.

13 Volumes, 100 Bullets