The title that I am reviewing is 100 Bullets Volume 2: Split Second Chance. A big thank you to Mitch from All Star Comics for choosing the title for me and also a big thank you for not choosing a $100 omnibus!
To choose my mystery title I gave Mitch one criteria, a single issue or trade that I had not read. I have heard many things about the 100 Bullets series and all of those things were positive so I was excited going into reading it.
The main idea behind 100 Bullets put simply involves the following:
You are offered a gun and 100 untraceable bullets. Do you use the gun and bullets to enact vengeance?
It is a simple idea but one that is interesting on many different levels. The biggest strength of 100 Bullets is the story and the writing. Mr Brian Azzarello has done an outstanding job in writing a compelling story and also writing people of different socio-economic backgrounds.
As odd as this sounds one of the things I was most impressed with were the issues at the end of the trade which were set in France. Much of the speech is in French (as it would be in France) but it was not translated. I like that Mr Azzarello has decided not to dumb it down.
The artwork in 100 Bullets is by Eduardo Risso and as much as I enjoyed the writing the artwork is just as enjoyable. 100 Bullets is a dark, mysterious and dirty world and Eduardo really made me feel that. It is exceptional work by both writer and artist.
It is judgement time and I give 100 Bullets Volume 2 a 4.5/5 Lukes. I am looking forward to reading Volume 1 and then through to the end of the series. Mitch from All Star also tells me that the sequel/prequel series Brother Lono is starting to kick into gear as well, and I cannot wait to read that also.
I would love to read your feedback. Please comment below or you can contact me via Twitter @bennykane1983. If you have suggestions on other titles that I should read I would love to hear from you.
For my next review I will be looking at Justice by Alex Ross which was kindly provided by David (what a legend!)*.
*Editor’s Note: Ben was not coerced or influenced into making this (obviously true) statement 🙂