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Graphic Novel Review

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Author: Mark Millar
Artists: JG Jones and Paul Mounts
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99, US $19.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 908 6
ISBN-10: 1 84576 908 2
Available 23 May 2008

Cubicle-dwelling Wesley Gibson thought he was the same as everyone else. Wesley's life changes the day he discovers he is the son of "The Killer," a member of an underground fraternity of super villains who have secretly been running the world since 1986. Brought into the fraternity after his father is slain, Wesley comes into his own abilities as the new Killer and a veil is lifted from his eyes as he sees the world he never knew was there. In a world where all the super heroes are dead, Wesley joins the villains while trying to unravel the mystery of his father's murder. Wesley Gibson is a son, a killer, a hero... and wanted...

Wanted collects the entire six part series of Wanted, as well as the informational Wanted Dossier.

Wesley Gibson is one of life's losers. His job sucks; his girlfriend's cheating on him; his life's going nowhere. Then he finds out everything he believed about his life was a lie... For Wesley is actually the son of the Killer, the world's most deadly assassin.

Now the Fox - his father's former lover - offers to train Wesley as the new Killer and bring him into a powerful society of super villains. But does Wesley really have what it takes? And can he avoid his father's fate when a coup inside the society puts him in the firing line?

Every once in a blue moon a comic book series comes along that really knocks you for six. Wanted is one such collection. It takes the genre of super hero characters and flips everything on its head. There are no super heroes any more, just super villains. The super villains won an all out war and then made the entire world believe that super powers were just the thing of comic books. All the super heroes have lost their powers and are unaware of what they once were.

In the shadows, the villains control everything - from financial institutions to multinational companies. They can do anything and get away with it. If they go on a killing spree it's covered up and the dead people are wiped from the face of the Earth and no one even remembers that they existed.

This is the story of an everyman who is destined to become the world's greatest super villain - that's if someone can kick his arse and transform him from the pussy he's become.

The script is well written with plenty of twists and turns, and the art work really brings the story alive. The back of this collection is given over to the Wanted Dossier. This includes introductions to some of the characters, cover art and rough sketches.

Wanted is one graphic novel that everyone should want in their collection.


Darren Rea

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