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

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,105 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
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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Mar 26, 2008 Ian rated it liked it
Recommends it for: noir fans
Shelves: comics
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
Printable Tire
Oct 19, 2011 Printable Tire rated it it was ok
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
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I heard nothing about this except that it's going to be a movie or series? And Tom Hardy.

Other than that, the story itself sound interesting and something I hadn't of heard before. The art style you get used to, though the in between chapters, the art is a little better.

The characters I'm not sure about. I was a little confused at first, but once you get reading, its alright. Overall, an interesting premise to a series I might read more from.
Sam Quixote
Feb 19, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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
Scott Sigler
Aug 21, 2012 Scott Sigler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Dec 23, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, comics
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
Dec 07, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it
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
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.
Jan 07, 2015 Ivan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's a promising start.Vol 1 contains 2 stories.
First story is about former gang member who's husband and son where killed by corrupt cops, second is about waiter who's life is destroyed when he is falsely accused of pedophilia.They both where very enjoyable but far from great.It also has slightly obscure visual style in dark pastel colors that fit story well.

Overall it is nice noir comic but not good enough to compete with best.
Eh, it was okay? 2.5 stars

I picked this up just to see if it could change my mind on Azzarello. I wasn't a big fan of his Wonder Woman story but I feel like I need more than that before I just write him off entirely. Unfortunately, 100 Bullets hasn't really changed my mind.

The basic premise, at least for this first volume, is that there is a (presumably) government agency that offers certain down on their luck people a chance for revenge. An agent shows up and offers a briefcase containing proo
Colin McKay Miller
Aug 19, 2013 Colin McKay Miller rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
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
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: grim, story-not-intriguing-enough, violent

Additional Notes: This collection contains 100 Bullets issues #1-5.

The first volume of 100 Bullets reads like a typical noir tale, but lacks almost any charm whatsoever. It was a chore to wade through the dialogue, most of which was written in an inner-city ghetto dialect. And while not altogether terrible, Risso's crummy art only adds to the dreadful atmosphere of the story. In many ways, feels like a poor man's Scalped, but
Charlie George
May 06, 2009 Charlie George rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
David Schaafsma
Sep 12, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
I reread this because a student wanted our graphic novels/comics class should read it this term. I looked back at my original, admittedly quick and dismissive assessment of it where I thought it was an okay idea, and the execution of it more than competent, but I hadn't really cared. This was October 2012. So for his sake I reread it, more slowly, respecting his love of the series, and I felt pretty much the same way about it, but again, for his sake, will read on this time, as he suggests that ...more
Dave Maddock
Jul 24, 2009 Dave Maddock rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Alan Chen
Jul 08, 2015 Alan Chen rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A mysterious man comes to you and gives you a briefcase with a gun, 100 rounds of untraceable ammunition and a dossier of the man that wrecked your life. First volume is about two of these stories a Latina just out of jail and gets a chance to kill the guy that took out her kid and her man. The other story is about a down on the luck bartender who was ruined by kiddy porn someone placed on his computer. Drawings are nice. Lots of shadow for the noir effect. Not much to judge the series yet. Firs ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Logan rated it liked it
Okay. So the story for this is, a guy calling himself agent Graves, finds a person who was wronged in their past, presents them with evidence of who wronged them, and gives them a hand gun with a 100 bullets. The person in question can do whatever they want, they won't be arrested or convicted as long as they use the 100 bullets they were given. That's the start of each story, after that it focuses on that person, then 2 or 3 issues later, they switch to someone else. I liked how it switches cha ...more
Jesse A
Jun 09, 2015 Jesse A rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea.
Jan 22, 2015 JK rated it liked it
This is a morality piece - if you could kill the person who destroyed your life, no strings attached, would you? We are presented here with two entirely flawed characters who are given this choice, and we watch them struggle with their decision before they finally come to it. We then see the consequences of their actions unfold.

The premise of the plot is good, and it's pretty interesting. This volume read like two short stories rolled up together, and although the assumption is that the second s
Aug 13, 2009 Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Brian Rogers
Mar 07, 2016 Brian Rogers rated it did not like it
This was horrid. And I don't say that lightly.

It's not the subject matter - I'm just fine with noir. But it was clumsily executed, filled with cliches that were even worse than those one usually finds in this genre, flabbily written in the 'decompressed' writing style that dominates comics (which means it takes 100 pages to do what could be done in 23 with a more talented writer) and incomprehensible panel compositions made this a bloody tedious mess.
Jan 22, 2016 Frank rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
What if you had an opportunity to to receive an untraceable gun and ammo, where you can kill those who were responsible for ruining your life??
This is the premise of this book.
I found that the artwork was a bit choppy, and disorganized at times, and the second story arc in this book to shift gears from the first's setup.
Although I do like the premise of this book, I may continue, hoping that there may be more twists and turns to come.
Feb 02, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
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.
Jun 23, 2015 Murat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cizgi-roman, vertigo
Ben beğendim. Çok nefis ve farklı bir suç ve polisiye hikayesi. Devam serilerini açıkçası çok merak ediyorum çünkü kitabı okumadan önce her sayıda bir olayın başlayıp biteceğini düşünüyordum. Yine başlayıp bitiyor ama tek bir olay yok. Mesela 1. ciltte 2 farklı olayı görüyoruz. Ardından son birkaç sayfada da kısacık bir olay daha mevcut hatta baya soru işretleri kafada uyanıyor.

Konuya biraz dağınık girdim. Toparlayayım. Ajan Graves denen bir abi var. Bu abimiz hayatları bir şekilde mahvolmuş, h
Ted Henkle
May 11, 2015 Ted Henkle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
Imagine you've been devastated by a personal catastrophic event.
Years later, you're still trying to pick up the shattered remains of your life.
Now suppose, a man in a black suit approaches you with a briefcase, and an offer. The case contains a semi-automatic handgun, 100 rounds of ammunition, and a dossier of the person, or persons, he wants you to kill.
Even though he assures you that the weapon and ammunition are untraceable, and that you'd be immune to prosecution, you still feel squeamish a
Blistered Eyeballs
Apr 18, 2014 Blistered Eyeballs rated it liked it
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
Sep 06, 2013 Nathan rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
i've heard great stuff about this series and wanted to like it but I had a hard time getting into this first book. The ghetto talk with Dizzy's story was jarring and had the opposite effect of pushing me out of the story rather pulling me in. I'm sure Agent Graves story gets unfolded over the next 95 issues, but there are a lot of questions as to how this gun is untraceable, and why does everyone get 100 bullets, and does he ever get the gun and bullets back?
May 04, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Never judge a book by it's cover'. So often said, yet so often done. This book had shady characters on the front and was even called 100 bullets. Clearly going to be a graphic novel full of blood, guts and guns. Oh and girls, there are always busty girls in these books. All of it would be unnecessary and tacky and I would hate it.

Not true. Aside from the girls. There are always busty girls.

Yes, there were bullets and guns and violence, but it was fairly understated. The emotions behind the c
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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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