100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call

100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call

by Brian Azzarello

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ISBN-13: 9781563896453
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: 100 Bullets Series , #1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.61(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.34(d)

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100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
reverends on LibraryThing 5 months ago
100 Bullets is an ambitious crime drama comic series, of which this graphic novel reprints the first five issues.These first two story lines, "100 Bullets" and "Shot, Water Back", set up the premise the series is built upon. Individuals from all walks of live are approached by a mysterious man bearing an unusual gift; a suitcase containing a gun, one hundred untraceable bullets, and evidence pointing them to someone who has wronged them in the past.But the offer of unpunished retribution is far from simple than it sounds, as the people suddenly faced with this blank check for revenge suddenly find themselves dealing with the concepts of Justice, Innocence, Morality, Loyalty, and Retribution.Azzarello not only brings these philosophical dilemmas into the light, but also enhances them with mystery surrounding 'Agent Graves' and his offer. A chance at vengeance is a tempting offer, but what are the ulterior motives of the man with the briefcase? Does the chance to settle a score outweigh the risk of being used as a weapon for someone else's battle? What is truly at stake here, and who is really pulling the strings?The first two story lines in 100 Bullets take us from crooked cops and greedy gang bangers in the urban jungles, to internet crimes and corporate power brokers. The stories and situations are modern, yet there is an undeniable Noir tone throughout, an unrelenting mood that never lets you forget that, despite the occasional moments of brightness and levity, there are no happy endings when violence and vengeance become a part of the background.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very unique comic. If someone offered you an untraceable gun and a chance for revenge, would you take it? I thought it was very unique in that it doesn't follow just one story line. That could get old very quickly, but instead is fascinating.
J.P.A.Birch on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Overall I enjoyed this as it was well written and the framing narrative is intriguing enough to make me want to see where the writer takes it. However the first story was the weaker of the two, not to say it wasn't well done but the closed community and family themes didn't gel with the dog eat dog aspects for me. The second story was much tigher and more morally ambiguous and worked for me better as a piece of noir. I'm looking forward to which lies Agent Graves exposes next and looking forward to the next one is always a good sign.
rores28 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Well-conceived and well written, but there was just something that didn't really come together for me with this story. I found myself more trudging through in the end rather than enjoying it.Take that with a grain of salt since the whole hard-boiled genre is among my least favorite.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The first volume of the collected 100 Bullets is great stuff - what starts off as a seemingly cliched bit of noir fiction takes on some really original and fascinating dimensions over the course of these pages. Eduardo Risso's world-class artwork is the main reason to visit this locale, but Brian Azzarello's story quickly begins to demand attention as well - at the end of this volume, I am generally eager to move on to the second volume and figure out where all of this is going to go. There's some silliness herein, so the series could go south into formulaic genre muck, or it could play to a set of obvious strengths and take readers somewhere they have never been before. Here's hoping the latter case proves to win out in future volumes...
shroud on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Art's not spectacular, but passable. Story is interesting, but not QUITE progressed enough to be fulfilling in this first collection -- a good start, and I'll read more, but I may go to the library for them rather than buying.
nesum on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very fine crime novel with an intriguing premise. A man appears in your life with the promise of revenge. Someone ruined your life, and he has absolute proof of who did it. He also gives you a gun and 100 bullets that are completely untraceable. When the police find these bullets, they have to leave the case alone.This volume collects three stories of people who were given this opportunity. What happened to them doesn't really matter much; the point is what are they going to do and why.The concepts puts interesting characters into a place where their true values will be proved. A fun read, and I'm anxious to follow up with the other volumes.
atia on LibraryThing 5 months ago
What if you are offered the chance of revenge without having to worry about repercussions? Would you take it?In 100 Bullets, people who have sufferred in one way or othered are given this chance by Agent Graves - an gun and 100 bullets, untraceable. Plus the surefire proof that the people he says are responsible for ruining their lives are actually responsible.It's an interesting idea, and one that is carried out very well, I have to say. It's not a particularly uplifting read, of course, and I found the gang-slang especially in the first three parts very hard to read and thus it wasn't that easy a book to get into, but I like what the characters in question do with this opportunity. And there is of course the question why Graves is doing this. I think I'll definitely reading more of this series.
elmyra on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've been intrigued by this for a little while and picked it up in the bookshop to read over coffee. The thing that got me to fork out the cash was the fact that the main character of the first story was female. I did like this volume. Trouble is, I honestly don't know if I want to read the next one. The stories were good, and there is some hint of a backplot and something bigger going on, but is it enough to keep this interesting over several volumes? I honestly don't know.Bechdel: pass.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I heard nothing about this except that it's going to be a movie or series? And Tom Hardy. Other than that, the story itself sound interesting and something I hadn't of before. The art style you get used to, though the in between chapters, the art is a little better. The characters I'm not sure about. I was a little confused at first, but once you get reading, its alright. Overall, an interesting premise to a series I might read more from.
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I cant begin to start tp tell you whay a journey this is. This graphic novel transcends what your first reaction to a comic will be. Straight up crome noir done with amazing detail! This book is a classic if you dont get it contact me and i will set you straight this is great writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the artwork, but there didn't seem to be enough content for me. Reminded me of quick anime books to read while eating chow mein in Little Tokyo, just a time filler. It went too quick, like a Cheeto.
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I cannot get over how good this series is. It definently deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf. Even though it appears to be an ordinary crime drama, '100 Bullets' turns out to be anything but. An interesting thing about this series is how the Brian Azzarello(writer)takes minor characters from previous stories and makes them the protagonists in later issues. Eduardo Risso's artwork is amazing and suits the story and style very well. Read the whole series, and then read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into 100 Bullets expecting it to be relatively good, but overall, a Tarantino-esque comic book. I was partially right, but someow, this intrigued me a lot more. I loved how it used more drama then gory action to convey the story. Cordova's story was brilliant, and the art was hypnotic. A deffinite purchase. The story concludes a little weak, with the story of Lee being a bit flat, and a little bit TOO vague. However, the conclusion was mind boggling, and leads into the next chapter of the stories, 'Split Second Chance'