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Graphic Novel Review

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Volume 2
Ten Thousand Bullets


Author: Garth Ennis
Artists: John McCrea, Carlos Ezquerra and Steve Pugh
Titan Books
RRP: £12.99, US $17.99
ISBN: 978 1 84856 552 4
Available 26 March 2010

Every profession has its friendly rivalries. For hitmen, however, the competition tends to be a bit more... cutthroat. And when you're at the top of the game - like Gotham City's Tommy Monaghan - you're bound to attract your share of challengers. Luckily for Tommy, the same abilities that allow him to take down the gangsters and super-villains he accepts contracts on - telepathy, x-ray vision, a cutting wit - also give him something of an edge over his opponents. But confidence can breed complacency. And as Tommy's about to find out, knowing that someone's coming for you doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be able to stop them...

Hitman: Volume 2 - Ten Thousand Bullets collects together Hitman issues #4-8 and Hitman: Annual 1 of the original comic book series.

When Hell's Kitchen gun-for-hire Tommy Monaghan is attacked by an alien, he acquires X-Ray vision and telepathy... the ideal abilities for a Hitman who only takes on super-powered contracts. The first tale in this collection follows a vindictive mob boss from Tommy’s past who puts a contract out on him. With friends caught in the crossfire, Tommy must find a way to exact revenge on the mafia head.

The banter between Tommy and Natt is one of the main aspects of this collection which I really enjoyed. Best friends for years, the two constantly wind each other up with wicked insults.

The story that takes up the final third of the collection, A Coffin Full of Dollars, was for me the most enjoyable tale. Here Tommy heads of to Rio Grande to help a crooked sheriff take down a crime lord who is operating in the area. Not only is it a great Wild West style offering, but the fact that Carlos Ezquerra provides the art also help raise this up a level.

This is definitely a collection that is worth picking up.


Darren Rea

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