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Book Title: 100 Bullets: Once Upon A Crime (100 Bullets): Once Upon A Crime (100 Bullets): Once Upon A Crime|
The author of the book: Brian Azzarello
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Edition: Titan Books Ltd
Date of issue: September 28th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781845765941
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A Glimpse into the Underbelly
10 April 2018
I recently watched a youtube video where the presenter was basically trying to promote comic books (though his channel is pretty cool, especially if you like retro-computing) and he suggested that the good thing about comic books was because they are visual, they basically cut out a lot of useless words that tend to make books really, really thick – like describing locations and character nuances. Well, that may be the case, and they certainly are a lot quicker to read than, say, War and Peace, but I’m not entirely sure whether he really appreciated what a lot of these so called ‘useless words’ were for (such as character backstory, or some side thoughs such as Adams and Vonnegut are known to put into their works).
As for me, the only reason that I end up with comic books is because I have a habit of visiting places that I haven’t been to previously, and because I pretty much write reviews on anything and everything, if I find a place that interests me, or is sufficiently geeky, then I tend to pay it a visit, and also purchase something. As for comics, well, I was a kid once, and I did love my Tintin and Asterix, but never managed to get into any of those superhero comics that tend to be the mainstay of your average comic book store (though you do get a number of spinoff series from popular movies and television series).
However, you do find the occasional comic that doesn’t seem to have those connections, such as this one. Basically, from what I could gather, this is a story set in the underworld about people being shot. The problem was that it was all over the place, and it was quite hard to follow the action, particularly since you happened to have two stories that were completely unrelated, interspaced between each other. In fact the only story that I was able to follow was the one about the guy going to Italy to buy a stolen painting only to discover that the seller had sold this painting to multiple other people.
In a way they seem to be trying to create the dark, gritty underworld in a comic book form, and while it could work in one sense, it didn’t really seem to do so here. However, I suspect that there is probably also a bit of backstory that I had missed due to it being a part of a series, a series that I am basically jumping into halfway through. The catch is that this shouldn’t be the case, particularly with graphic novels, because it should have sufficient information to grab the first time readers, but not make the regulars too bored with constantly repeating things.
The one thing that seems to stick out is how unreliable the underworld is, but then again it tends to operate on a law of its own, and it is a law that tends to be enforced by brutality than through the courts. The interesting thing is that if your services are no longer required, even if you haven’t done anything wrong, then you end up being retired, and in this world retirement doesn’t involve lump sum payouts and sipping pina colladas on the beach.
I remember some people from back in my uni days who had this great dream of becoming big time drug dealers, but the reality is that dealing drugs doesn’t produce the rivers of gold that some people believe that it does. In fact it is just like getting a job in any other corporate environment – there are only so many management positions available, and being in those positions sometimes requires you to not only be uncompromising, but to also make enemies. People aren’t going to like some of the decisions that you make, and if you are one of those people that can’t handle people not liking you, then maybe management is not a role for you. Oh, and then there is the case of enforcing contracts – in the underworld you really, really need to be willing to bust knee caps, because there is no other way to avoid being ripped off because, well, courts don’t recognise illegal contracts.
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Read information about the authorBrian Azzarello (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American comic book writer. He came to prominence with 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics' mature-audience imprint Vertigo. He and Argentine artist Eduardo Risso, with whom Azzarello first worked on Jonny Double, won the 2001 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story for 100 Bullets #15–18: "Hang Up on the Hang Low".
Azzarello has written for Batman ("Broken City", art by Risso; "Batman/Deathblow: After the Fire", art by Lee Bermejo, Tim Bradstreet, & Mick Gray) and Superman ("For Tomorrow", art by Jim Lee).
In 2005, Azzarello began a new creator-owned series, the western Loveless, with artist Marcelo Frusin.
As of 2007, Azzarello is married to fellow comic-book writer and illustrator Jill Thompson.
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