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100 Bullets: Brother Lono

(100 Bullets: Brother Lono, Vol. 1 #1-8 (2014))

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  493 ratings  ·  52 reviews
The Eisner award-winning team behind 100 BULLETS--writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Rissoe, reunites to tell the story of the baddest Minuteman of all. When last we saw Lono in 100 BULLETS, Dizzy Cordova had shot him through the chest ... but Lono always was too tough to die. Now, after the final events of 100 BULLETS, Lono finds himself in Mexico working on the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Vertigo (first published April 15th 2013)
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Have you heard the one about the assassin/tough guy, seemingly on his last legs taken in by kindly strangers, recovers, and who then resolves to change his ways, but something happens and, kerpow, it’s back to the old drawing board?

The movies Shane, Unforgiven and the Bourne stuff spring to mind, but I’m sure you can come up with a few more.

Here Brother Lono ends up in a small church/orphanage in Mexico, smack in the middle of drug cartel country. Lono knows his limitations and when he starts
Anthony Vacca
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
As nice as it was to see everyone's favorite sociopath who seems incapable of fucking dying, Lono, this stand-alone adventure doesn't come close to living up to the noir masterpiece that was the 100 issues of 100 Bullets. Seriously, that series was such a fucking trip. It starts out with what seems like a nifty framing gimmick to tell short 1-4 issue mean-spirited, ultra-violent and often nasty crime stories, but the dedicated reader is duly rewarded for their patience as all the seemingly ...more
Ill D
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Wannabe Gentlemen and Scholars
I thought (view spoiler).Didn’t you? I guess not. There’s always another comic to sell. Right?

Right off the bat, I knew something was wrong. On the first page it says translated from the Mexican. Shouldn’t that be Spanish? Right? Read on.

So far, while staying true to the original ethos and their corresponding visuals (perhaps a little rounder and wider in application here) nothing approaching the gargantuan scope of its predecessor floors
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not the epic crime tale it's predecessor was, but it still managed to scratch my itch. Brother Lono picks up with one of the few individuals that managed to survive Azzarello's magnum opus "100 Bullets". Lono was a favorite of mine from that series so it's natural that I would enjoy Azzarello and Risso's follow-up. Lono's pilgrimage leads him south of the border in an attempt to find redemption for what has gone on before. Not for the faint of heart kids. Azzarello draws inspiration from the ...more
Oliver Flores
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brian Azzarello’s dialogue is some of the only dialogue that I don’t mind having to reread, if only because the payoff is usually worth the extra effort. Also, its inherent difficulty might be a sign of, like, real literary merit, right? All in all, when it comes to Azzarello's dialogue, it's kind of like David Mamet’s dialogue, you understand it better with experience. What’s more, when Azzarello’s scripts start getting a bit convoluted or overly dense Eduardo Risso’s art comes to the rescue, ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
After saying farewell to 100 Bullets five years ago and being somewhat let down by its finale, it felt great to revisit the 100 Bullets universe again. Brother Lono is a standalone violent epic that delivers its story with Azzarello's classic noir panache. Teamed with Eduardo Risso's gritty artwork, Brother Lono does not disappoint. It is as if the series never ended and we are getting a brutal continuation of the events that took place in Miami in 2009.

Three years after the fall of the Trust,
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Redemptive tale in the tone of classic Westerns.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a welcome return to form for Azzarello and Risso! Turns out I had no idea just how much I missed the 100 Bullets universe, and this one-off, self-contained sequel really reminded me of just how cool it can be.

After 100 issues of hard-boiled, viscerally violent noir, Azzarello and Risso make a slight left turn into Western territory with Brother Lono. This is a classic setup straight out of Unforgiven: a formerly demented murderer (Lono) has sworn off his old life, instead taking a vow of
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm probably a decade away from reading 100 Bullets, but I still have faint memories of Brother Lono. This story doesn't depend on having much knowledge of the original series - all you need to know is that Lono is a powerful force for anyone he serves, and in this case it's an orphanage in Mexico. His story is one of a number, revolving around a Mexican gang, a DEA agent, a powerful torturer, and an American interested in expanding his drug empire. There are probably too many characters and ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
The most surprising thing about Brother Lono is that Azzarello and Risso do such a good job of replicating the 100 Bullets style. The weird side stories, the weird art, the noir feel, the good people caught up in the violence, it's all here.

Unfortunately, Azzarello doesn't do much with all this. He writes a nice enough story. It's got many of the elements that made 100 Bullets successful ... but much of the joy of 100 Bullets was in the larger story: the big cast, the conspiracies, the things
Gratuitous violence in a story and setting that’s been done a million times before. I’ve read better, but then again, it could be much worse.
That said…
It’s very well written and illustrated with dynamic action and intriguing characters.
The plot moves along at a pretty quick pace that seems to skip steps and often required a look back at how we got to a particular point. It might just be me though.
There’s no need whatsoever to know a thing about the 100 Bullets storyline to enjoy what Brother
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
3.5 stars. I got this because I enjoyed 100 Bullets so much. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hasn't read 100 Bullets first. Terrific artwork in this one. Decent story. Very violent and appropriately sick in parts. But that's Lono for you.
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So...Vertigo never disappoints! Superlative outing and a fine addition to the 100 Bullets mythos.

Hardcore, dark and defiant. Brother Lono dares you to join his epiphany-in-progress and bluntly tells you to f off if the action is too bold to handle.
Joe Young
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brian Azzarello - writer
Eduardo Risso - illustrator

Great follow-up to the amazing 100 Bullets SERIES by Azzarello and Risso. Classic slow-burn Mexican standoff starring the biggest, baddest minuteman of them all.

Highly recommended. 5/5
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Turns out you can't kill an enormous hard-arse that easily.

I mean, we're talking about Lono here – assassin, arsehole and walking slab o' beef –so it shouldn't be surprising that he's still alive. He wasn't exactly comprehensively erased during the course of 100 Bullets, so it makes sense that his story didn't conclude in the dying issues of the series.

In Brother Lono, we discover that the human headbutt staggered into a small church in Durango, Mexico, bloodied and beaten. He gives the padre a
Mackenzie Melo
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Mixed feelings. I really don't like violent stories, but Brother Lobo gripped me and I couldn't get rid of it. So, I allowed it to carry me and now I smell the dirt and the blood mixed, a terrible stench of death in the deserts of Mexico. Drug cartels that destroy everything they touch, even from a distance.

Brother Lono was there, though, a wolf in sheep's clothing or a sheep in wolf's clothing? Is he waiting for right time to act and actually change something for the best, at least
Marian Cosmin
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome side story about a main character from 100 Bullets by same Azzarello and Risso. If you loved Lono in mentioned series (even he's acting kind of villain) you'll love him more now when he becomes full of empathy.

Die hard at its finest to not spoil much and use the tag that I hate. Must read right after 100 Bullets.
Jason Scott
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Ultra-violence, little character growth. Unnecessary continuation of 100 Bullets.
Tyler Hagen
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of Breaking Bad in terms of subject and quality.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really redeemed the series for me. Compared to the disjointed and sprawling original run, this one has excellent narrative cohesion. Loved it.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a comic book, and I don't really read comic books so it took me a little bit to get used to some of the stylistic ways of the the book. The comic is about Brother Lono, an ex-cartel killer who comes to live at a church in hopes to lead a better life. But he keeps getting drawn back to the violence of his old life. The church is set outside of a Mexican town rife with cartel violence. The comic depicts very graphic killings and torture. A warlord is trying to expand his drug business and ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
________________Full Disclosure, I won a free copy of this graphic novel through GoodReads____________
I'm still a recent convert to the world of comics/graphic novels, so I haven't read anything from the 100 Bullets series. I'm sure there were some bits that I would have appreciated more if I had that background knowledge, but as it was, Brother Lono was an interesting and exciting read that wasn't quite what I expected. Brother Lono follows Lono, three years after he appeared in a church just
Brian Dittrich
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I became an instant fan of Azzarello and Risso when I read all 100 issues of 100 Bullets. Batman: Broken City was fantastic, I love the the New 52 Wonder Woman... But this? I can't go as far to say it was bad because that wouldn't be true. The ride from issues 1 through 7 had me almost as riveted as the final arc of 100 Bullets but when I reached issue 8 I think it was more of a feeling of regret that I had reached the abrupt conclusion. This was a good companion story from these incredibly ...more
Eric England
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
100 Bullets: Brother Lono by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso is a well-constructed but ultimately tiresome south of the border crime epic. The narrative follows the adventures of Lono, a survivor from this creative team's previous 100 Bullets series. Lono is hiding in an orphanage in Mexico and runs afoul of a sinister cartel. From this setup springs forth an extremely conventional plot overly reminiscent of the Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven and a disturbing amount of bloody violence. ...more
Gabriel Olmeda
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read the 100 Bullets series and The Joker by Brian Azzarello and his work is always so raw and entertaining. Brother Lono has some memorable scenes and the storyline was quite interesting. Brother Lono is an offshoot from a merciless character from 100 Bullets and in this book he is somewhat like a devil in hiding. There are plenty of scenes with gratuitous violence which was also featured in 100 Bullets. I felt that the violence in this offshoot was a little too much and detracted from the ...more
Kevin Mann
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These single issues sat in my "to read" pile for over a year, i kept putting it off, having a feeling i wouldnt like it as much as 100 Bullets, which i have to date read almost every TPB of...i am a huge fan of that Azzarello/Risso seminal work....and i am happy to type, that, Boy, was i stupid. This 8 part Lono is great! Once i started, i couldnt stop, read it all in one day. I always find Azzarello's superhero writing to be dull, tedious & borderline awful, but his Noirish, pulp crime work ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another solid story and a welcome return to the 100 Bullets millieu.

Again the standout is Risso's artwork and the silent stories within stories he conveys as background images. Having said the story was solid, it wasn't amazing and in some respects predictable, which is actually a let down from Azzarello.

They left the door open for a later revisit to Lono, June and Mad On - look forward to this.

Jeremy Hunter
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone's favorite sociopath Lono has returned. This time, he's working at a church ran orphanage, attempting to put his past behind him. Of course, it doesn't happen that way. Sure, Brother Lono is ripe with Noir cliches, but it is still entertaining. For me, it was a welcome return to 100 Bullets. The beauty of this collection is that is self-contained, meaning that you don't have to read 100 Bullets to enjoy this story.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I am a big fan of comics. I tend to get the comic books instead of the TPB but I do have quite a few TBSs. This isn't something I would normally pick up but I got this one for free from Goodreads. I enjoyed it. I tend to read Batman, Harley Quinn, Aphrodite IX and Witchblade, which this is completely different from, but I also enjoy the dark stuff too like A Voice in the Dark (One of my favorite new comics out there) and this is a a bit dark like that. Go check it out.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this more than any of the other trade paperbacks in the series. My biggest problem with the original run was that I didn't understand what was going on with the Minutemen/The Trust plotline - the characters and their various struggles was what kept me reading. With The Trust/Minutemen conflict resolved, Brother Lono let me enjoy this world without asking myself a dozen questions about what was happening.
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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".

Azzarello has written for Batman

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