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100 Bullets, Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call (100 Bullets #1)

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In this dark and intriguing trade paperback, the mysterious Agent Graves approaches ordinary citizens and gives them an opportunity to exact revenge on a person that has wronged them. Offering his clients an attaché case containing proof of the deed and a gun, he guarantees his "clients" full immunity for all of their actions, including murder. In these opening chapters, D...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Vertigo (first published December 1999)
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Ian
Mar 26, 2008 Ian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: noir fans
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So this wasn't as good as I had initially hoped. Don't let that stop you though - you need to read it to get into 100 Bullets, and once you do it just keeps getting better.

If you like crime drama and gritty noir-ish comics, this is for you. Premise goes like this: dude shows up with an attache with 100 untraceable bullets, a gun, and irrefutable evidence that somebody did something bad to you - the cause of your misfortune. He offers it to you, saying that whatever you chose to do with it, you'l...more
Patrick
Wrote 100 Bulleys up there by accident, now that's a premise!

Mysterious dudes hand out briefcases with a gun and 100 untraceable bullets in it to various low-lifes, giving them motive and opportunity to reek retribution on the peeps that done them wrong.

Solid premise, mediocre follow through. First story's in a Chicago barrio and suffers from various embarrassing stereotypes that I could live with, but has sort of an obvious ending. The art's okay (though not so great the artist should be signin...more
Sam Quixote
If you were offered the chance to the kill the person who murdered your family or destroyed your life, and get away with it no questions asked: would you do it? That’s the offer Agent Graves, a mysterious man with an untraceable gun and 100 bullets, presents to Dizzy, a recently released Latina former gangbanger whose husband and baby were gunned down by corrupt cops, and Lee, a bartender whose happily married and prosperous life was destroyed by false paedophilia allegations.

Brian Azzarello’s...more
Scott Sigler
Loved it. I don't know if they get into the background of Mr. Graves later in the series, but the premise of the first volume stood well all by itself. Two stories in this, the first is excellent if somewhat predictable, but after reading the second story the first felt almost like a red-herring setup, a way to tell you "yes, this book, like all other entertainment properties, is going to go pretty much the way you expect." The second story changed that perception, and even made the first story...more
Sesana
A strange man approaches you and offers you a briefcase. You've been gravely wronged in the past, and the briefcase contains absolute proof of who wronged you, a gun, and 100 untraceable bullets. What do you do?

And that's the main point of 100 Bullets, putting a series of characters into that situation and giving them the choice. And being flawed people who are dealing with a dramatic revelation, they make flawed choices. Azzarello was good at that, making these people and their decisions believ...more
Erik
Along with his contemporary Ed Brubaker, Azzarello is one of the great crime noir/thriller writers in the comics medium today. With the first volume, I admit that I wasn’t entirely sure if his writing was completely to my liking. The first story-arc in volume one centers on Isabelle “Dizzy” Cordova who, having just been released from several years of hard time for a crime that she didn’t commit, is approached by the mysterious Agent Graves. In this ominous encounter, Graves offers her the titula...more
Jake
100 Bullets was a monthly comic book. Reading it that way was like plucking your pubes one-by-one, because the overall story arc was so complex that it makes 'Lost' look like an episode of 'According to Jim.' EVERYTHING matters in 100 Bullets, and my little brain couldn’t keep track of things on a monthly basis. So I stopped reading it monthly, waited for the series to finish and picked up all 13 collected editions, planning to read it all in one sitting, more or less.

A two week ‘one-sitting’ l...more
StoryTellerShannon
The tale of a mysterious man who approaches people who have been wronged and gives them the chance to enact revenge with untraceable guns and 100 bullets, as well as hard evidence on the person who did them wrong and where they can be found. Interesting play of light and darkness as well as the play on the noir genre angles.

CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B minus to B; ARTWORK: B; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus to B; OVERALL GRADE: B minus to B; WHEN READ: end of January 2012.
Colin McKay Miller
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets is more hype than substance thus far.

Throughout the 100 total issues of 100 Bullets, the mysterious Agent Graves approaches people who’ve had their lives ruined by nefarious means. The victims get info on who did them wrong, a handgun with 100 untraceable bullets, and, oh yeah, full immunity for whatever revenge they want to take. First Shot, Last Call collects issues 1-5 in the series. This early on, you don’t get Graves’ secret motivation, but I...more
Brooke
Volume 1 in this Eisner award winning series seems like a good intro to a larger story - just a small taste to intrigue you. The premise is simple: a mysterious Agent Graves offers a suitcase to people who have been wronged. Inside this suitcase is a gun, 100 untraceable bullets, and information about whoever wronged the target. The three stories in this volume show three targets and their different reactions. It's definitely all questions and no answers at this point, and I'm looking forward to...more
Charlie George
Billed as crime realism, I found this merit to be limited to the dialogue. No one has superpowers and our protagonists balk, blunder and wrestle with ethics, all of which is good. However the central conceit is as far-fetched as the next comic with powerful, shadowy figures pulling the strings.

I may continue with this series in the future, but am not chomping at the bit. After the main two storylines, I was ready to let it go. Then near the end, these and several other loose threads were tied to...more
Dave Maddock
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Ryan
Crime fiction, as a genre fascinates me, although I don't read a lot of it. Part of it's because it's rather uniquely named; science fiction stories, for example, contain fiction driven by science, and horror stories contain horrific elements, etc. A good Crime story, though, isn't really about crime at all - it's about Justice, and that is clearly the case wit 100 Bullets.

There's an interesting moral question asked in the story, one that parallels Plato's Ring of Gyges myth; if you were given t...more
Chris
The premise of 100 Bullets upon cursory inspection seems intriguing. Until you really think about it, then you realize it really isn't anything. This first tbp is okay. The characters are meh, the plot is meh, but for some reason it makes me want to see more out of the concept.
Blistered Eyeballs
An Intriguing But Flawed First Volume

100 Bullets offers a fascinating concept for a narrative. If you could get scot-free revenge on a person responsible for utterly ruining your life, would you take it? This first volume, First Shot, Last Call, collects the first two story arcs together in one paperback (there’s also a mini issue at the end that originally appeared in Vertigo: Wniter’s Edge #3, but I found it pretty redundant). The first arc follows Dizzy Corodova, an ex-gangbanger freshly rele...more
Jennifer
I didn't like 100 Bullets as much as I thought that I would given all the hype and accolades for the series. I did like it, though, with its gritty revenge stories and sympathetic characters. I also like the throwback art style and artist Eduardo Risso's creative use of light, dark and negative space. The fact that every single illustration of a woman, except for those of the elderly woman in the last story and not just the shots in the strip club, were stereotypical Western comic book porn pose...more
David´82
Rozporuplné. Na jedné straně zajímavý i nosný námět, na té druhé jeho zpracování. Mám-li "pokušitele", který nabízí (údajně) beztrestnou pomstu za minulá osudová příkoří, tak bych očekával především řešení morálních dilemat; místo toho se to postavám pod kůži ne a ne dostat a působí to zkratkovitě. I kresba má nějaké to ale. Je svá, což je jedině dobře, ale v kombinaci s omezenou barevnou škálou (první povídka je tónovaná do vybledle fialových, světlehnědých a šedých odstínů, druhá do žlutohněda...more
James
Very readable. Cool concept and a cool storyline that from the first get go raises some questions.
I like the rough drawingstyle.
Joe
Really enjoyed this idea and the execution of it all and can't wait to keep going in the series and dig deeper. The first story falls victim (like so many other books, shows, and movies) to attempted authentic gang-banger language. This nearly always comes off sounding ridiculous to me. Instead of making the characters sound more genuine and "real" it comes off (to me) sounding very produced (by dudes very distant to that reality). Other than that small personal pet peeve I'm really excited to g...more
Meran
The Writing by Brian Azzarello -Dizzy Cordova, 23, female, ex-con, Latina, on the day of her parole, is met (on the bus home, no less) by a white guy in an expensive suit, who makes her an offer. This is how she meets Agent Graves. Her history is well known to him and relayed to the reader. All the truth of who really killed her family is in his attache case, as is a gun and 100 rounds of ammunition, untraceable. If she decides to use those bullets, there will be no legal penalties, guaranteed....more
Nicholas Karpuk
I bought the first eight volumes of 100 Bullets a while ago. The issue with that is if you buy this series gradually, it's very easy to lose track of some of the players and the overarching story.

Because it honestly has the feeling of something that was made up without too much initial thought into where it would head overall. I feel as though the agent with 100 untraceable bullets premise fueled the first couple of issues all by itself, since most of these stand on their own. Perhaps Azzarello...more
S. Wilson
100 Bullets is an ambitious crime drama comic series, of which this graphic novel reprints the first five issues.

These first two story lines, "100 Bullets" and "Shot, Water Back", set up the premise the series is built upon. Individuals from all walks of live are approached by a mysterious man bearing an unusual gift; a suitcase containing a gun, one hundred untraceable bullets, and evidence pointing them to someone who has wronged them in the past.

But the offer of unpunished retribution is far...more
Chelsey Pennyamon
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Fizzgig76
Reprints 100 Bullets #1-5 and Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3 (August 1999-January 2000). Dizzy Cordova has been released from prison and been given a unique opportunity. A man named Agent Graves has given Dizzy the men responsible for the death of her family and a gun with one hundred untraceable bullets…now Dizzy must decide what she’s going to do about it. Also a man named Lee Dolan gets a gun and one hundred bullets to get revenge on Megan Dietrich…the woman who got him branded as a pedophile.

Writ...more
Josh
'100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call' comprises two distinct arc's whose semblance of continuity is linked by the mysterious Mr Graves, a suitcase, 100 bullets, and a shot at redemption. The first arc focuses on newly free gang banger Dizzy - a female who owes her hatred to the lawmen responsible for murdering her young family. The story of Dizzy and life as a full-time banger, part time citizen had a lot of promise only to be quashed after three chapters (collected comics). I have no doubt 'Firs...more
Daniela
I'll admit, I was slightly disappointed with this first volume. For some reason i expected to be placed smack bang in the middle of the action, to hit the ground running. This was not the case. However, I do understand that as the first volume, the reason for this was due to the necessity of setting and characters being properly introduced.

And indeed, the characters were very well introduced and developed. In a matter of pages you were informed of who the protagonists were, (both in terms of per...more
Ryan Mishap
A man calls himself Agent Graves offers you a briefcase containg all the information on the parties who wronged you, a pistol, 100 bullets, and declares that you are above the law. What do you do?

Dizzy just got out of jail after being pegged for killings she had no part in. She's not happy to be out, though, because her husband and child were killed in a drive by while she was in--she feels responsible for their deaths. Agent Graves tells her that it wasn't a rival gang, but two crooked cops. Sh...more
Paul Johnson
100 bullets rocks. The story is tantalizing and beautifully illustrated. It has sex, drugs, violence and curses. While it does get a little lost in itself as the plot develops, it is never boring to read, just a little confusing. I'm still not really sure who killed who, but I know that a lot of people died! I did get the feeling that the ending was a little rushed, but that might just be because I didn't want it to end. I think they might have written themselves into a corner a little bit as th...more
Kevin Mann
Perhaps somewhat overrated based on all the hype i had heard about it over the years, but that isnt anyone's fault but mine! (high expectations!) I was very entertained, but the white guy writing ethnic language "street" thug-life dialougue got a little silly,---- c'mon, dude! I enjoyed the art. That kept my interest. The first arc, i enjoyed to a certain point, but felt it was a tad long and anytime an empowered heroine becomes assertive and "takes control" ,i always am reminded of the lame cha...more
Daniel A.
Jan 12, 2013 Daniel A. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: noir aficionados, particularly in the graphic novel section
There is crime fiction, and then there is Crime Fiction; this, the first volume of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso's graphic novel 100 Bullets, is in the latter category.

There are two ways to think about 100 Bullets, Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call: First, in comparison with other graphic novels about crime, particularly from DC Comics' Vertigo mature-readers imprint; second, on its own (obviously). I'll do the first to start off.

Some time ago, I read the first volume of Jason Aaro...more
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Brian 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".

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