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The Heist (Hardback)


Author: Mark Millar
Artist: Leinil Yu
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99, US $19.99
ISBN: 978 1 78116 582 9
Available 24 October 2012

When the market is flooded with competition and the authorities are on your tail, what's an all-American super villain to do? Go to Spain, of course! Johnny Bolt convinces his villainous pals to pull off one last heist but will culture shock get to them before the policia do? And when Johnny's target is revealed as the greatest super villain of all time, things go horribly wrong...

The Heist collects together issues #1-4 of the Supercrooks comic book.

For the young rising through the ranks of the super-villain set, The Heat has always provided his unqualified wisdom, support and loyalty. Super-cons everywhere owe him far more than they can ever repay. And now that The Heat has run up $100 million in gambling debts to the vengeful Salamander, he's got no choice but to call in every one of those favours.

Enter Johnny Bolt, fresh off a five-year bid for using his super-powers during a robbery. But Johnny and his pals are on edge. Veteran super-villains all, they're subject to constant shakedowns from the law and super heroes, and they're competing with a host of other super-powered criminals with the same ideas. To help The Heat, they'll have to get creative. They'll have to go where the lack of competition opens up a whole new set of opportunities. They'll have to go to Spain - to steal from the biggest, richest target of all in the final score to end all final scores.

But everyone thinks robbing the world's most notorious super-villain, The Bastard, is about the worst idea Johnny's ever had - everyone but Johnny. Will his brashness win them over? Or will the final score be the one The Bastard puts on the board - in blood?

It's an interesting tale, well plotted, which will be well received by Millar's fans.


Nick Smithson

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