100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1 (DC/Vertigo)

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Rating: 4/5 – Hard-boiled Azzarello/Risso at their best

A great follow-on to 100 Bullets focusing on one of my favorite characters from that series, Lono.  In some ways an easier read, like some of the earlier issues in the 100 Bullets series focusing more on a straightfoward crime tale and less on the larger political intrigue that characterized the meta-story in 100 Bullets.

Lono is in Mexico this time around and we’re introduced to some of the bad dudes he’s going to be butting heads with over the course of this limited series as well as the pretty, young nun he’ll be working with.

This issue was more about setting up the story, but it was a good ride.  Some very hard-edged scenes, not for the squeamish, as ably illustrated by Eduardo Risso.  Azzarello’s ability to embody the darker side of the world we live in is as sharp as ever.  This is a must read for anyone who loved 100 Bullets, but stands on it’s own for those who missed it.  If you like hard-boiled crime stories, check this out.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – bob@comicspectrum.com
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