Wednesday, May 20, 2009

100 Bullets Volume 7: Samurai

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso

With this collection, I'm half-way through reading 100 Bullets, and yet in many ways, it still just feels like Azzarello is moving pieces around on the chess board, getting his characters into the correct places for the real story to begin.

'Samurai' is really two stories. The first checks in on Loop Hughes, who is serving time in the same prison that Lono ends up in. This story really shows Azzarello's strength for dialogue and colloquialism, as he writes in a very natural sounding prison slang. I liked Loop's character the first time he appeared, and liked that he was sticking around in the story.

The second half of this book is about Jack, the druggie that Graves had given a gun to in an earlier volume, along with a picture of himself. This chapter, which deals with mafia and a tiger zoo, is a little weaker than I'm used to in this series. Somehow, it just didn't work for me.

As usual with this series, the art is excellent. I'd picked up the last four trades at the same time, and now it looks like I'm going to have to wait a while before getting into the next one.

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