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100 Bullets, Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call

(100 Bullets, Vol. 1 #1-100 (1999-2009) #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  15,272 ratings  ·  436 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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Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Psst. Hey, Bunky! Yeah, you. I hear you’re in the market for a little revenge. What if I were to give you an untraceable gun and 100 shiny untraceable bullets? Just point it at the object of your ire and shoot. No punishment. No worries. Bang, bang and revenge is a dish best served fricassee, and nothing will be traced back to you. Capiche? Sounds too good to be true? Well…

This is square one for the acclaimed Azarello/Risso pulpy, morality tale. More episodic than what it later evolved into, thi
Dave Schaafsma
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
I reread this because a student wanted our graphic novels/comics class to 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, September 2014, and 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 h ...more
Scott (on temporary hiatus)
A paroled ex-convict, mourning the violent murder of her family. A promising restaurateur, with a life destroyed by a false allegation. The mysterious 'Agent Graves' offers them an untraceable handgun and ammunition to seek revenge with guaranteed immunity. Will they accept his unusual offer?

This felt like Quentin Tarantino adapted an O. Henry story for a Twilight Zone episode. It had a certain amount of gritty and downbeat noir style, but the subject matter was also distasteful.
Mar 26, 2008 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
Re-read - Aug 2018: I've actually read the first 9 volumes far, but I find I'm forgetting a lot of the important characters and plot points, especially the ones planted in earlier volumes. So, I decided to re-read the series and try to read all the volumes much closer together. I don't think I'll change my rating for this volume (the way women are drawn in this is so gross guys - I get it's going for a noir aesthetic, but just ugh, no), but revisiting these characters while knowing things that a ...more
Printable Tire
Oct 19, 2011 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
Sam Quixote
Feb 19, 2014 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
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.
Scott Sigler
Aug 21, 2012 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
Oct 05, 2009 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
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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, mystery
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
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.
Dec 07, 2008 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
Jan 01, 2015 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.
More 3.5*

It was interesting but it didn't blow me away. I liked the premise and was intrigued to see what the characters would have done. I do wanna keep reading them because Graves is dodgy and I want to know all about him.
Colin McKay Miller
Aug 19, 2013 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
Mar 11, 2010 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.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down)


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 dreadfu
Charlie George
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
In plain sight or under darkness Agent Graves offers people the chance of revenge against the person who has wronged them, giving them the means and full immunity, even if the revenge results in murder! Latina gangster Isabel Dizzy Cordova just out of prison is given an opportunity, as is out-of-luck bartender Lee Dolan. What will they decide? Welcome to 100 bullets, an uncompromising look at urban decay and the compelling mystery that is Agent Graves! 8.5 out of 12.
Noah Appelbaum
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have heard great things about this series but it was really just a chore to read this first volume. Maybe it's just the inevitable passage of time and the pitfalls of reading a book that wanted to be "current" nearly 20 years after it was written, but this whole book just felt like your dad trying to be cool. It's not just the weirdly unabashed racist stereotypes, or the rampant misogyny under the guise of being "noir," or the mastermind female hacker who was "just playing around on the net... ...more
Dave Maddock
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a darkest of dark graphic novel with an intriguing premise, that of giving certain people to means to enact revenge on a person that did them wrong without fear of consequences or retribution. The devil, however, is in the details, which is why some people's revenge backfires on them in spectacular fashion.

Much of this first volume focuses on a young Hispanic woman called Dizzy who suffered the loss of her husband and son who were killed by crooked cops. The lives of Dizzy and her associ
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I still hold to the four stars I gave this the first time I read it. I recently bought the whole series so felt the first installment deserved a reread before I dived in. It was a bit muddled. The idea is a good one, and especially topical right now.

Someone who has been horribly wronged is approached by Agent Graves, given a briefcase of irrefutable proof and a gun with 100 bullets. Untraceable. If the bullets are found at a crime scene the investigations stops. What would you do?

What the receiv
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A man gives you a gun along with the name of people who have wronged you, and proof alongside that. The murder can not be traced back to you. What do you do?

In the first volume you meet Dizzy, a mother whose partner and child were murdered, and Lee, a father of two who was framed for havig paedophilic images sent to him.

This volume was really good, and I'm definitely carrying on with this series.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
100 Bullets, Volume 1, by Brian Azzarello is a great introduction to this series. It is also a good introduction to the concept that not all comic books are about space and super powered beings. It is gritty and noire and most of all, it is just a good, good read.

Dizzy Cordova is waiting to leave prison and head back home to the barrio where her husband and son were gunned down. She is full of remorse and guilt for not being there when her family needed her. When a man is waiting for her with in
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
100 Bullets, Volume 1, by Brian Azzarello is a great introduction to this series. It is also a good introduction to the concept that not all comic books are about space and super powered beings. It is gritty and noire and most of all, it is just a good, good read.

Dizzy Cordova is waiting to leave prison and head back home to the barrio where her husband and son were gunned down. She is full of remorse and guilt for not being there when her family needed her. When a man is waiting for her with in
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always on the lookout for what might turn HS kids away from digital media and onto reading, I stumbled upon this series. This seems to be a good fit for those kids who find and like The Barrio Kings, Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, Street Pharm, and Unchained. This book holds three stories that are only connected in the loosest ways; the opening one is the longest and best: Dizzy is a sympathetic home girl. The second story is also good, though much shorter; the last story is shorter ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I’m revisiting this series for the first time in a decade. I remembered the first volume being weak in comparison to the series as a whole, and that assessment still stands. The character of Dizzy resonates better with me over time and her introduction is pretty good crime fare.

The second story about a disgraced restaurateur fell flat, but served some purpose to the overall story. Pieces have to be laid out before the picture becomes clear.
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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 ("B

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