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100 Bullets: Decayed (100 Bullets #10)

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As the only exception to the Japan Ballet Association's scholarship program, underdog dancer Hijiri Masumi trains hard every day with other students who have all won the right to train under the best dance instructors. Because Masumi's technique leaves much to be desired, master instructor and genius dancer Alexei Sergeiev demands that she return to the basics to improve h ...more
Published January 26th 2007 by Titan Books Ltd (first published December 6th 2006)
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Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, vertigo
Going strong towards the big final act of the story, and I can't wait to see how Azarello and Risso are going to wrap it all up. Just three more volumes to go!This volume also featured a nice introduction by Darwyn Cooke, which was a pleasant surprise but also made me sad, because, you know. Fuck 2016.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is with this volume, which collects issues 68-through-75, that I finally got myself a bit lost. (Shocking, but true.) Granted, the fact that Agent Graves is playing all of these characters off one another in his grand scheme to undermine the Trust and -- more specifically -- the House of Medici, is clearly still the underlying motive driving the basic plot of this series. But the double-crossing just gets plain more maddening with each new character that is added into the mix. (There really s ...more
Nov 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This more a review for the entire series.

While the writer begins to tell an intriguing tale of deception, morality, and vengeance, it falls short of expectations. Early in the series Brian Azzarello loses control of the details, motivations, and ultimately the thrust behind the narrative. The reader is expected to follow along the trail of poorly conceived plot twists as characters, who have been steadfastly loyal in the past, seemingly switch sides or join forces with little reason beyond they
A lot of things happen without explanation in this volume. A lot of seemingly disjointed actions that one assumes come together in a later issue. But as that issue is not present in this volume, Vol 10 is pretty weak. 2.5
David Schaafsma
3/4 of the way through this volume focuses on what would seem to be more peripheral characters, and not much obvious happens though there is a touch of gruesome violence along the way. All the plots seems to proceed in parallel, turning in themselves. Garves and Lono as warlords, pulling the strings in the power grab. Overall, this is a pretty amazing and memorable series.
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
3/4 through, and motivations *still* unclear. the standard seems to be re-reading the entire series again immediately after finishing.
not sure it's worth it. it feels like this was a writing experiment, kinda like the "reimagined" battlestar galactica --and we all
know how much that sucked. 100 issues is a long-ass time to conceal what's been teasing from the start, or for a reader
to even remember all the little flashbacks to finally connect them. put out already!
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Graves and the Trust begin putting the final wheels in motion. As Graves assembles his Minutemen, the Trust begins to close ranks and prepare for the worst. Not Azzarello's best volume, but the payoff for the long-running story is just around the corner.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'm not entirely sure, what is going on in this Volume.
The big storyline behind everything is moving so slowly towards something and it moves so slowly I have started to loose both interest and grip what the big storyline is.
Othervice.... the main story arc in this one that probably does not anything to do with the big storyline drags on way too long. Azzarello stories are better when they are one shots. Like the last one in this one. That was a reminder, how good 100Bullets is when it is good.
M. Ashraf
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-bullets
Waiting the finale now!
Seeing young Graves was cool! :)
Too much schemes and lines hope everything come together in a big bang.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the most confused mess I've seen yet seen in the series - the artistic rendering of Graves is such that I thought perhaps what we were seeing was something that had happened in the past, yet juxtaposed with something happening in the present. Very confusing. Doesn't help that you have no clue who it is exactly that you're reading about. Very poorly presented. Also troublesome was the amount of time wasted on characters who seem to have no relevance to the story. Wasted space and wasted ...more
Cleary it wasn't just me. Having marked this volume as 'completed', I then checked out some of the reviews. It seems I was not the only reader who found this particular instalment somewhat underwhelming. I like Azzarello's writing, I like Risso's unique graphic art work and I like the premise of this series ("what if you had access to a gun and a 100 untraceable bullets...who would you exact revenge upon?"). But this particular volume (collecting issues 68-75) was just a bit much - too many char ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are 2 multi-part story archs and an (apparently...) 1 shot at the end. My Only "complaint" is a bit of violence that was on the queasy side again (but not to the extent of volume 9) in the otherwise excellent story of the final minuteman activation. Once again the story rips along in very sure directions with the art work able to tell entire side stories without a speach bubble.

The 2 arch stories cover the activation of last Atlantic City minutemen and the consildation of the trust - I am
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have to say this series often probably warrants a five star review, but between the gaps of weeks or months between when i acquire and read each volume, i really lose track of characters. there are numerous characters, numerous plots, subplots, twists, and betrayals, and more than a few shadowed conversations in which i can't tell who is who. that said, i enjoy the hell out of it, and hope at some point i can read it in a more continuous fashion. and probably take notes. this is prime "active" ...more
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, crime
You don't think 100 Bullets can get better and better as it goes on, but it DOES. This volume features a lot of flashbacks, fleshing out some backstory for Graves' early days. And for anyone who's been missing any of the characters struck down by Azzarello's vengeful quill, there are some very good scenes taking place with the full complement of the pre-Atlantic City Minutemen. We also get to meet the Rome brothers, filling out Azzarello's cast in full as the series marches to its final quarter.
Koen Claeys
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many main characters, Loop, asks : 'What's happening ?'. And his companion replies he doesn't know. At this point the reader has little clues at to what is actually going down but the beauty of this book is that at the end it all comes to a perfect conclusion, leaving you yearning for the next chapter... One thing's for certain : it must have been a bitch trying to follow this in monthly installments.
Annette Jordan
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lets be honest, this isn't the easiest series to follow at the best of times, though it does have its highlights, but I really struggled to follow this book at all. At first I thought it was a flashback book and we would see the history and context for the whole series, but these flashbacks were interrupted by the current plot. Then those aspects were interrupted by seemingly random storylines for characters I didn't think I'd seen before.

All in, I just couldn't get on with it at all.
Sep 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spike TV watchers
Shelves: comix-novel
This one was just okay, more testosteronic than usual. There's a Fight Club rip at the beginning with manly men fisticuffing each other until they're bloodied and passed out in the back of a limo.
The next story's about Remi and his brother Ronnie banging each others' girlfriend behind each others' back and trying to screw each other over, as well. You can tell the series is getting tired because there's too much rebop about the Minutemen. Croatoa!
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Volume 10 of 100 Bullets.

The plot thickens, shocking backstories are revealed, Lono is not as loco as I imagined, new minutemen surface ,the tale takes unexpected twists and you realize that you need to re-read the earlier volumes to make sense of what's happening !!

I love this series! It's mind-blowing and simply superb!
100 Bullets is a series that reads better when read all at once. Some of the trades stand alone pretty well, but this one is steeped in mythology, making it somewhat unsatisfying. I have no doubt, when reread in its proper place in the series, that it will change from a 3 star to 4 or 5 star book.
Brendan Nicholls
Scattered storyline with everybody getting a moment in this chapter, I didn't get into it but there were some great moments. I'm really wishing this would come to an end as it really drags its feet. I'm actually happy I wasn't invested when the books were coming out, much like the TV show Lost. Three to go, the end is near
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
All the Minutemen are finally active; we're starting to get some insight into the history of Graves and the Trust. How strange that after nine volumes, it seems like we've only now set all the pieces out on the board. That might be the greatest achievement of this series. Azzarello tap-dances so gracefully along the line between stalling for time and giving out too much information.
Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
"100 Bullets" remains consistently amazing--a crime saga as riveting and complex as any HBO series you might care to mention. And this tenth volume is no exception. Azzarello juggles his characters, back stories, and plotlines with remarkable skill. And this installment doesn't even contain several of our main characters.
Carl Nelson
3.5 stars. This series is vastly entertaining, with complex plot lines and strong, memorable characters. I feel like it's all but abandoned the original 100 bullets in a briefcase revenge theme in favor of the Minutemen intrigue story, and it hasn't adequately connected the two. Totally worth the read, though!
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Not gonna lie, I was a little lost at the beginning. It was hard for me to remember what exactly what was happening. That's what I get for waiting months between volumes. I won't make that mistake again.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's still an amazing book. And I kinda think I know a little of what's going on, but not really.
I'm very tempted to knock off a star for an unexplained phenomenon.
I can't wait to get to the end, and then I'm going to have to read it again someday.
Reviewer from Terra
I can't say much about this series simply because it's so damn good I don't want to ruin it. It has a great cast and engrossing story, along with tremendous storylines. I don't usually go in for crime comics, but this isn't just any comic.
Mark Desrosiers
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Nice cliffhanger at the end, but this installment concentrated too much on dull undifferentiated characters, and (sadly) didn't include any "irrelevant" metaphorical subplots. Though the crunchy-punk "faux-bos" at the end are quite a tantalizing pair.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didnt enjoy this at all. I only gave it on star because of the art work. I didnt finish this, i got to page 90 and zoned out.
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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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