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100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call (vol. 1)

Credits: Written by Brian Azzarello and Illustrated by Eduardo Risso
Publisher: Vertigo (DC)


Pop quiz: a craggy-faced man in black who introduces himself as "Agent Graves," visits you. He presents you with an attaché case containing irrefutable evidence that some bad person has horribly wronged you. (The bad person in question murdered your family or sent you to prison for a crime you didn't commit - something really, really bad. Bad bad. Mean bad.) Also in the attaché case are one hundred untraceable bullets and a gun with which to deliver them. You are absolutely guaranteed that should any or all of those one hundred bullets find their way into, say, the carotid artery of the mean baddie, that action will go unanswered.

What do you do?

This is not the best 5 minutes of Speed or the latest edition of "Scruples," it's the premise of Vertigo's 100 BULLETS, and the first contestant on Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's twisted little game show is 23 year-old widow, ex-con and gang-banger, Isabelle "Dizzy" Cordova. All that time in prison Dizzy thought her gang-banging was responsible for the death of her husband and baby boy. For that reason, she's bound and determined to turn her life around now. Do penance; go legit.

Nope, says Graves. The Vice Lords were home drinking milk and baking cookies on that particular night. The fingers on the triggers in this drive-by belonged to cops: Bad Cops.

You know how to fire a gun, don't you, Dizzy?

-- Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Kansas City, MO, where she lives with her husband and artbomb.net colleague, Matt Fraction. Kelly Sue writes the English adaptations of several manga titles published by Tokyopop and Viz. She can be found on the web at kellysue.com.


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