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August 18, 2005

"100 Bullets"

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Have you ever run across "100 Bullets"? It's an ongoing graphic novel written by Brian Azzarello and arted by Eduardo Risso. I've read and enjoyed a couple of episodes. They're in a downbeat-gruesome/nihilistic-noir mode that generally strikes me as juvenile and tiresome. But Azzarello is a witty and resourceful writer; there's an underlying expansiveness and a brutal good humor in the way he pushes the form around. And I find Risso's art hilariously pleasing: sophisticated yet slapsticky, droll yet dynamic, suave yet antic.

Here's the official "100 Bullets" site. Here's a C.H.U.D. interview with Brian Azzarello. And here's Eduardo Risso's site, where he offers some original comicbook panels for sale. The prices seem very reasonable. What a tempting way to become an art collector.



posted by Michael at August 18, 2005


If you haven't read it, I heartily recommend Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher series, also put out by Vertigo. The series ended a few years back, intentionally (it was always intended as one long limited series), and has been completely collected in (I believe) 9 graphic novels, along with a few extra graphic novels detailing backstory for several characters. Hard to describe it, but it was basically a profoundly vulgar gleefuly blasphemous tale of a powers-imbued preacher with *serious* famiily issues, an alcoholic Irish vampire, and the preacher's hit man girlfriend's quest to find an absentee God and get him back to work. But that just scratches the surface.

Posted by: John on August 18, 2005 4:01 PM

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