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100 Bullets, Vol. 2: Split Second Chance (100 Bullets #2)

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SC, TPB, in cello, New, Written by Brian Azzarello. Art by Eduardo Risso. Published in January of 2001, Softcover, 224 pages, full color. Cover price $14.95.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Vertigo
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Colin McKay Miller
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets: Volume 2: Split Second Chance takes the series in the right direction.

If you’re unfamiliar with 100 Bullets, it’s got a great premise: Throughout the 100 issues, 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 full immunity for whatever revenge they want to take, be it on one person or the whole unsuspecting worl
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Ryan Mishap
Premise: A man named Agent Graves hands some ne-er-do-well an attache case containing a pistol, 100 bullets, and documentation that someone done them wrong--using these to kill the wrongdoer will result in no punishment, ever.

Thus begins a gritty, foul-mouthed, blood-soaked series that is as intriguing as it is trashy. While this second collection opens up the story a bit more--who is Graves, this Shepard guy who may or may not work for him, how does he get this authority--the gross caricatures
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Andrew
Slightly better than the first one, mostly because of the ice-cream-man story, but not by much. Azzarello seems drawn to that same cheap-hack-writing trick of punishing dogs to make the bad guys seem even badder. Either that, or the writer just hates dogs. Either way, the tactic isn't redeemed; highly overrated in my opinion, but then again, so many people like this series that I'll just stop reading (which is what one does when one doesn't like something) and move on to something elese.
Sesana
Volume two spends a bit more time delving into Agent Graves's identity and backstory, but only enough to add even more questions. I think I'm hooked to that mystery. But the writing is a little lacking for me. Too much dialect, too much fanservice. That said, Heartbreak Sunnyside Up is a real gut punch, devastatingly effective. It's the horrible, almost understated bright spot in the whole collection.
Desiree
Oooooo It's starting to get good. The conspiracy is starting to come out, and I am fully intrigued as to where this is all going. I also enjoy the little one issue stories that carry the colume along. I'm just waiting for the 3rd volume.
Corey Lindstrom
Volume one of 100 Bullets was alright, but unspectacular, and a bit of a disappointment after all the hype. It was just a couple of independent stories loosely tied together by Agent Graves with a little promise of an ongoing story. Volume Two contains five independent stories from nine issues, but now they are becoming connected more clearly. Each story works as a self-contained story that would work just fine on it's own, but as you read more and more of them they also work as smaller parts of ...more
Lisa
I'm done for. This is so good.
Erik
Along with his contemporary Ed Brubaker, Azzarello is one of the great crime noir/thriller writers in the comics medium today.

Volume two includes several more story-arcs – again, all of them revolving around Agent Graves offering his Faustian bargain to myriad folks. Some are hardened criminals just released from their time behind bars, others wish to avoid getting deeper into the madness that made their lives worse, some innocent victims of horrific crimes (Lilly Roach’s tale is particularly d
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Josh
The second volume of 100 Bullets, 'Split Second Chance', looses some of it's originality with the presiding theme continuing albeit heightened with an elaborate government secret agency mystery aura surrounding key players Mr. Graves and Mr. Shepherd. Adding to cloak and dagger intrigue, is the introduction of the Minutemen and their Borne-esque activation into service (re: 'The Right Ear, Left In The Cold') which provided a fresh perspective to the typically predictable plot of each insular com ...more
Daniel A.
Jan 26, 2013 Daniel A. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of noir in their comic books
And so the plot thickens.

100 Bullets, Vol. 2: Split Second Chance, the second volume in writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso's excellent crime/noir series 100 Bullets, does more than simply continue the tale of Agent Graves' donation—no other term seems to suffice—of a gun and 100 untraceable bullets to various and sundry wronged individuals. Split Second Chance adds the dimension of mystery to the mix, up to and including a shadowy supragovernmental organization, recurring characters
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Steve Magay
Coming off from a very good start from the first book, it seems Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso realized the minor flaws from the first one and made wonders on this second volume. These flaws from my own opinion are the heavy and needless texts, and those crowded panels. Brian just got rid of it made the dialogues simple but man, the dialouges are still compelling and the stories just got better. As for Eduardo, he made a makeover. His panels just went incredible. I love the silhouettes and th ...more
Paul
Hmm. This volume lost me somewhat, what with it being so packed with drawn-out exposition. I reckon about 100 pages - nearly half - of this is characters rambling on about what may or may not be going on with the shady Agents Graves and Shepherd, then ultimately not getting to the point.
And yet, I still just about want to keep reading. I just wish they'd be a bit more concise.
Angel
A new set of stories where Agent Graves gives the briefcase to people who need justice. However, now we are also getting hints of who Agent Graves may be working for. In between the stories of the gambler and the waitress, we get also stories that begin to hint how deep things go. It really reminds me of the conspiracies of The X-Files and the character of the Cigarette-Smoking Man. I did find the story of the diner waitress particularly moving, and this is a strength in the series. You can alwa ...more
Nick
The first volume might have been overrated but this second one isn't. Collecting issues #6-14, vol 2 offers a great mix of standalone stories and much more mythology exposing the backstory of Agent Graves and the minutemen that are handing around these untraceable guns. The good stuff raises more questions than it answers- why are they giving out targets for hits, what kind of justice is being delivered here, and other mysterious questions. The standalone stories are A+ stuff, a gambler down on ...more
Stephen Theaker
This volume (collecting issues 6 to 14) has three main stories: one about a gambler, one about an ice cream man, and one in which Shepherd sends Dizzy (from volume one) to Paris to meet another recipient of the briefcase. There's also an issue focusing on Graves and an apparent standalone about a waitress with a missing daughter.

I found this book much more engaging than the first, mainly because the ongoing plot has started to bubble - the individual crime stories are still leaving me fairly col
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Tony Monchinski
I almost didn't read volume 2 after finishing volume 1 but I am glad I did. What appeared first as a disjointed series of vignettes is being developed and given scope through the Agent Graves-Mr. Shepherd characters. Volume 2 is the reason I will continue reading this series, to see where it goes.
Jeff
I rushed through the last half of this one. I need a reason continue reading about these people and the hint that secret societies run the world doesn't make me curious.

When series like this receive so much praise, i almost wanna give up on comix entirely.
Kevin Mann
Read vol 1 and final, series ending volume. Picked this up as goodreads reviews helped me isolate vol. 2 as a good buy...... Read first several chapters, so far much better than volume 1 and the series finale. I like it! Enjoying it, appears it is firing all bullets, on all cylinders! ---ok, finished it, now i understand why this series is held in such high esteem. Vol 2 compilation much better than others i have read. Tighter, more coherant, better character development and plots. The standard ...more
Hillary
I still like the art and the coloring a whole lot, but the book is kind of a tease, promising bigger, overarching themes but not actually getting to them and instead focusing on stories that end up being the same-old same-old: guy/gal gets briefcase with gun and photo, briefly agonizes, then probably shoots the person in the photo, as well as some others. A hail of bullets fly. Also, there will probably be a lady in panties at some point. Are the hints of less of that and more of something else ...more
Matt Chic
did you get totally fucked over by someone and now your life is ruined? that sucks. but it might mean agent graves will show up with a briefcase filled with a gun, 100 bullets, and all the information you need to make things right. that's cool. and everything's untracable. the cops can't touch you even if they catch you with the weapon.

the story's great. a little bit of resevour dogs and sopranos mixed in with the question of morality...would you/ should you kill these people if you could get a
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Felix
I have to admit that when I first read issues #1-8 at the time of their first appearance, I felt like Howard Chaykin says he did in the introduction to this volume: I didn't really like it, suspected shallow trendiness and stopped following the series after issue #8. But since I've heard a lot of people praise the series, I decided to give it a (split?) second chance. I'm still not completely convinced but Azzarello/Risso have me hooked enough to go ahead and read the third volume. While I find ...more
Joseph
Here's the premise of the series. A man hands you a brief case. Inside the case are: a handgun, 100 bullets, and evidence of how this person has caused the tragedy that has haunted your life. The man then explains that the bullets are untraceable, and no legal repercussions will occur from the gun being shot.

In this volume, we learn that the man, Agent Graves belongs to a group called the Minutemen. Furthermore, he belongs to a group called the Trust which allow him to do his work at setting out
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David Wickham
This just keeps getting better and better. I really don't like crime noir but for some reason I'm loving this. The writing is pretty good and the artwork is great.
Steve
These are great stories. This second volume rocks. Outstanding dialogue and pacing that really works. The stories work as stand-alone vignettes of revenge, but there is also a mysterious strand that connects the protagonists of each story. Leading up to the 64-thousand dollar question: Who are Graves and Shepard? And more importantly: Are they friends or foes? At the end of the volume Dizzy Cordova makes another appearance. She travels to Paris and learns plenty about the mysterious Graves and S ...more
Jeff
Pretty good story and artwork. If you love crime drama and violence then this is for you.
Cameron
I am really enjoying this series. The second volume expands the story significantly, while tying back to the first volume.

The art work continues to blow me away - brilliant depiction of mirrors in 2 of the stories. Likewise the minimal background scenes - there is no superfluous detail, often I found myself flipping back a few pages to pick up the start of something that "came from nowhere", but didn't if I had been keeping an eye on the table or street corner behind the main characterss. Brill
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Stephanie W
It took me a while to read the second 100 Bullets book because the first book was held only loosely together. It was an interesting premise though not terribly well executed. I hoped for more from the second book but I got barely litte more.

The plot is loose like the first book, but the character of Dizzy from the first issue has come back. It seems as if the threads are slowly being wound together, but at a much slower pace than I'm used to out of most graphic novels.

We'll see whether book 3 tu
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Joe
This wasn't amazing, but I like where I think it's all heading.
Jordan
Only story I didn't really care for out of all the ones in this volume was the first about the con man. The rest were good to excellent. The one about the waitress was especially good in a horrible kind of way because it's a reminder that sometimes evil is closer to home than we think. There's some stuff going on with the briefcase man, Graves, and his maybe assistant Shepard. Which is incredibly unclear, but that's kind of the point. Secret organization and all that. Definitely enjoying this se ...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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