100 Bullets: The Counterfifth Detective Volume 05
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100 Bullets: The Counterfifth Detective Volume 05

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Written by Brian Azzarello; Art by Eduardo Risso; Cover by Dave Johnson Reprinting issues #31-36 of the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning VERTIGO series, 100 BULLETS: THE COUNTERFIFTH DETECTIVE brings to light another chapter in the story of Agent Graves and the remnants of his old outfit the Minutemen. In this fifth suggested for mature readers trade paperback collection by acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello (HELLBLAZER, BATMAN/DEATHBLOW: AFTER THE FIRE), featuring art by Eduardo Risso (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS) and a new cover by Dave Johnson, Agent Graves presents his trademark attache case containing a gun and 100 untraceable bullets to Milo Garret - a small-time private dick who's just gotten out of the hospital after losing an argument with his car's windshield. With his face covered in bandages, Milo has become an invisible man in more ways than one. As his latest case draws him into the shadowy world of the Trust, he's forced to confront the blank space that is his past and figure out what it has to do with the attache case he's holding in the present...and do it before what he doesn't know ends up finishing the job that the windshield started.

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This volume is a proper pulp noir. It has the hardboiled detective narrating his tale and drinking his way through a mystery that twists and turns like a snake on a carousel. There is a connection, a briefcase and an appearance by our favourite Agent but it feels like a standalone story. The obligatory first person narration is highly polished and packed with wit and clever linguistics. It is chock full of "dames," pervading both the art and the story. Whilst they are part of the territory Azzarello works hard to ensure they aren't just plot signposts, although they can feel a bit too disposable. The art is great as always and works to capture that noir feel. The colouring is top notch too but both aren't the best you have seen in the series. It is solid but seems too disconnected to form part of the mythos despite using established characters. Thumbs Up!show more
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