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Hitman, Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis
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Apr 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: comics-graphic-novels

Written at the same time as his masterwork Preacher, Ennis has said himself that he actually enjoyed working on this less celebrated work more; as Preacher took off and became one of the gold-standard comic book series of the late nineties, Ennis and artist John McCrea used Hitman to tell the sort of filthy, inane, hilarious stories that they couldn't shoehorn into Preacher, as well as develop Tommy Monaghan into a terrific character in his own right. A hitman who takes down superheroes, whose only powers seem to be a sort of x-ray vision and the fact that he never fails to fire a killing shot, Tommy is a washed-up, hard drinkin' mans man, who loves his liquor, his ladies and his friends, and takes no shit from no-one, least of all some uppity supes. While the series is composed of several light and frothy tales, the themes of honour, loyalty, and friendship shine through, and the ending is beautifully poignant. Every bit as good as Preacher, and one that definitely deserves to be checked out.

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