Saturday, May 2, 2009

100 Bullets Vol. 5: The Counterfifth Detective

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso

This volume of 100 Bullets is quite different from the other ones I've read recently, in that it is a complete story arc, without any one-offs thrown in for good measure, and in that it tells a complete story - that of Milo Garret, while taking its time to link in to the on-going main storyline of the book.

For the most part, this volume reads like a Chandleresque private detective story, featuring the standard down on his luck dick, in this case with a badly damaged face necessitating the use of a lot of bandages, and giving the guy an Unknown Soldier look.

He is visited by Agent Graves in the hospital, and given a case with the standard untraceable 100 bullets, and sent out to get the man who hurt him. Along the way, he rubs up against the Trust, and the story starts to tie in with the events of the previous volume.

As usual, this comic is brilliant at every step. More and more, I'm enjoying the work of Risso, which I was a little put off by a few years ago (probably why I never started this series then). So much has been written about the quality of this book, so I won't continue.

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