Beyond Spider-Man : 2001 : 100 Bullets
100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso has got to be about the best thing being published in comics at the moment! Published monthly by Vertigo (DC's Mature line), 100 Bullets is a seedy, violent, noirish and at times confusing tale of revenge and retribution. The basic premise is that a mysterious stranger will show up in your life, offering you a briefcase. He'll know everything about you, especially an incident in your past where someone grieviously wronged you. In the briefcase will be a handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition, all completely untraceable. The briefcase contains all that you'll need to exact your revenge - basically a "get even" kit.
Review Not Required100 Bullets #26
Sep 2001 : No Spider-Man
Summary: Mr. Branch Tells All
This loose format allows for many unusual and weird characters to take the spotlight - bartenders, winos, rich elite, prostitutes, ice cream vendors, gang-bangers etc. Azzarello writes all of these varied characters so convincingly that you'll swear you've known them for years. But the best part of the series is the sub-plot that's gradually being revealed. There is a whole organisation behind the man with the briefcase, and they are both far-reaching and ruthless. What is the organisation up to? Who is part of it and why? Who do the various players really work for, and what is their motivation?
If you're looking for something very different to all the spandex clad super hero stuff, you could do a lot worse than check out 100 Bullets. Now is a great time to jump onboard too, with issue #26 currently in stores being a sort of summary of the various characters and storylines thus far. You couldn't ask for a better catch up than this!