Book Review

100 Bullets: Six Feet Under the Gun by Brian Azzarello

100 Bullets: Six Feet Under the Gun by Brian Azzarello 100 Bullets started out like the seminal Hernandez brothers Latino comic Love & Rockets with guns and added noir attitude. It took its whipcrack dialogue from comics' Howard Chaykin (creator of American Flagg) via James Ellroy. And from an auspicious start it developed - for the better. The narrative arc of a novel has begun to appear and the complexity of the tale has become increasingly satisfying. What are the real agendas of Agents Graves and Shepherd? Who are the Minutemen, the Trust? There is a wonderful unity of drawing and writing here: it is a comic that looks as good as it reads. 100 Bullets was always blessed with a cracking premise, predicated on the back of a terrific moral dilemma. You are given 100 untraceable bullets; the evidence for a life-denying crime placed in your hands; and the promise of remaining beyond the law: what do you do? Six Feet Under the Gun, the sixth graphic novel of collected issues (this is nos.37 - 42), is six short stories, each a character study (the first tale, Dizzy's story, is wonderful), and a useful taster to what is a great series. But, do yourself a favour, and start at the beginning.
-- Reviewed by Mark Thwaite on 18/07/2005

Further Information
ISBN-10: 1840236620
ISBN-13: 97818402366210
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 24/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 144

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