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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 324

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

The creative team behind Hitman, Garth Ennis and John McCrea, returned to the character for a JLA/Hitman mini-series – this is how it ended (NOTE: Major spoilers for the Hitman series lie beneath the fold!)…

As noted in a previous Cool Comic Book Moment, Superman and Tommy Monaghan (Hitman) had had a chance meeting awhile back on a rooftop in Gotham City, where the two really bonded.

Well, in this two-issue special, Tommy is called in to help the Justice League when they discover more of the evil aliens from the Bloodlines crossover of 1993 (where Tommy gained his powers by being attacked by one of the aliens).

The aliens find a way to neutalize the powers of the JLA, so in this scenario, Tommy is one of the most capable people there, especially as the other members find themselves succumbing to the alien parasites (that takes out Batman and Wonder Woman and basically Superman, who manages to free himself with help from Tommy, but the escape leaves him mentally and physically drained – and also a bit disappointed, as he now learns that the man he thought was a good guy is, well, a hitman).

So it is basically down to Tommy and a non-powered Flash and Green Lantern, and a bunch of nuclear warheads are being shot at the JLA’s base (as the White House believes that the JLA has been compromised).

So Tommy saves the day the only way that he knows how (note that the story is told by Clark Kent to a writer who is researching the life of Tommy Monaghan)…

That last page is quite excellent (the whole sequence is great, but that last page especially)…


Hitman was too good for this world.

That he was. Such a moving and poignant ending.

Besutiful stuff.

Er…I meant, beautiful.

Those were TEARS on that keyboard, I tell you.

Probably my favourite series ever and this two part coda is just the icing on top of the cake.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Garth Ennis is the best and it’s a shame that Hitman isn’t as well known as some of his other work.

This sequence is also great because it shows that Ennis’ distaste for superheroes isn’t just a cynical, knee-jerk reaction. He can back up his opinion.

You should review Hitman # 34 as a follow-up to today’s review.
There were some really poignant moments worth mentioning in that issue as well.

When people erroneously claim that the 1990’s were a barren wasteland for interesting comics, this series belongs at the top of pile you use to refute such unfounded opinions.

(And yes, what I’ve really come to grasp is that they mean “Spider-Man and X-Men sucked”, but that’s not “all comics” now is it?)

Looks like I have a new series to start reading.

This is the kind of thing you need to show to people who think Garth Ennis’ work is all about swearing and over-the-top violence. Sure, he does that stuff, and does it very well, but he also excels at creating emotionally powerful scenes.
Back when “Preacher” had a letter column, Ennis said that while he didn’t really have much use for super-heroes in general, he wouldn’t mind having a shot at Superman. His handling of the character here and in “Hitman” 34 shows a certain reverence for the character that’s largely absent from his treatment of other DCU heroes (and Marvel ones, too, for that matter).

You should review Hitman # 34 as a follow-up to today’s review.

I did a bit on Hitman #34 already.

Day 107.

so heart breaking to not only have super man want absolution from a priest for tommy and knows as supes he can not confess and then supes having a grave put on the moon which is a part of a bahtroom. proving hit man was too a head of its time for the comic market.

Hitman, to this day, remains the best series I have ever read.

i love to make a comment that just explains what happened in the scene with an occasional shred of an opinion in there that is really just an extrapolation of what the scene is obviously trying to evoke. then i add some vague comment to sum it up that doesn’t really mean anything at all.

I think Hitman should be revived as a Black lantern….

Hitman, to this day, remains the best series I have ever read.

Couldn’t say it better myself. I can’t remember the last time I cried, but damn you Brian, you brought some manly tears outta mah eyes!

Nice moment. A pity it was marred by the poor choice of comparison from Superman, however. Truman in 1945? That was a textbook example of gratuitous violence.

Wow, Ennis doesn’t like super-heroes (which isn’t anything new). Except for Super-man.

What’s John McCrea doing these days?

Except for this bit, I was really disappointed by the JLA/Hitman two-parter. I think Ennis’ distaste for superheroes got in the way through most of it.

Great final panel.

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