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Click here to order HITMAN
Volume One
by Garth Ennis & John McCrea
Paperback: 144 pages
DC Comics
ISBN: 1563893142
A Super-Powered Hitman-- You Gotta Problem With That?

Meet Tommy Monaghan, professional hitman. Life is never the same for Tommy once he gets telepathy and x-ray vision foisted upon him....but it sure is funny. Garth Ennis, whose PREACHER series is one of the best out there, is responsible for this hilariously deranged comic book, set within the DC universe in the city of Gotham (and yes, you-know-who does show up).

Tommy Monaghan is an assassin; that's right, he's your standard, grade-A hit man. Well, maybe he's not so standard. Tommy also happens to have super powers--just telepathy and x-ray vision, mind you. But let's face it, those are pretty super. Writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea have come up with a character that has surprising complexity. By all accounts this hit man should be an antihero, and yet, Monaghan has strict rules for himself: he doesn't shoot anyone he considers "one of the good guys." Naturally, there's a lot of subjectivity here, possibly even hypocrisy, but this murky area between good and evil, right and wrong, is one of Ennis's strong points. In what is essentially a superhero setting (Gotham City, home of Batman), this book delivers elements of action, adventure, crime, and horror, all held together by Ennis's funny and believable dialogue. The blurb on the back cover sums it up nicely: "No fancy costume. No magic tricks. Just plenty of ammo, a pack of cigs, and a pitcher of beer."
--Jim Pascoe
Click here to order HITMAN: 10,000 BULLETS
10,000 BULLETS
by Garth Ennis, John McCrea, Willie Schubert,
& Car Feeny
Paperback: 112 pages
DC Comics
ISBN: 1563894041
From the introduction by Kevin Smith of CLERKS and CHASING AMY fame, to the final chapter, which offers an unconventional tie-in to your standard DC "end of the world" crossover, this book is a real kick in the pants. If the first three pages don't make you laugh, this book might not be for you... but if you're in the mood for Siamese-twin mobsters whose other halves are dead, a motherlode-amount of blood and killing, funny-as-hell war stories, the world's stupidest superhero, and the only "gangsta" in America who doesn't swear, this book just might be your cup of tea.
A run-of-the-mill assassin gets bitten by some kind of demon, and instead of being dead, the attack left him with telepathy and x-ray vision, making him an even better hit man. That's Tommy Monaghan's story, and from there it gets better and better. The second collection of Hitman comic-books is much stronger and much more consistent than the original volume. 10,000 Bullets is a tale of vengeance and honor. Writer Garth Ennis has a kind of magic in which he takes characters who live firmly outside of the conventional and then infuses them with a heightened morality. In Tommy Monaghan you'll find a character you can both cheer for and feel sorry for, because he's not a stereotyped killer--he's a three-dimensional human being. This book's only real limitation is that some of the characters, specifically Monaghan's new girlfriend, are introduced in the previous collection. Nevertheless, 10,000 BULLETS is an exciting read even for newcomers to Ennis' work.
--Jim Pascoe
by Garth Ennis, John McCrea, Steve Pugh, & Carlos Ezquerra
Paperback: 192 pages
DC Comics
ISBN: 1563895099
Probably the coolest, funniest Hitman storyline so far:  First, there's the ultra-cool multi-parter with Hitman facing off against Green Lantern, which results in a hilarious showdown. Then there's the two-parter about the zoo animals turning into zombies-- really, really hilarious.
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