Back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, genre work in cinema was all about deconstruction. Easy Rider tore down the biker movie. The Godfather slapped the gangster movie down on the slab and operated on it. BENKEI IN NEW YORK has that New Hollywood feel to it, for me.
This is a collection of short stories concerning the titular character, a Japanese painter and barman in New York. Pleasant man. Helpful. Kind. A paid assassin specialising in the conclusion of vendettas. This is the crime story down on the slab and being ever so elegantly dissected. These brutal, sneaky, horrible stories are, damn it, elegant. Beautifully stitched together in such a way as to deliver what you don't expect, ever.
Twisty, enjoyably clever, and ruthlessly violent.
Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in Nature, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh. He's on the web at warrenellis.com and diepunyhumans.com.