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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 336

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

We continue the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with a twisted little Christmas tale in Hitman #22, by Garth Ennis, John McCrea and Steve Pugh…


Steve Pugh inked McCrea this issue, and it looks almost like McCrea did slightly looser pencils than normal, as the Pugh influence seems to be pretty strong.

In any event, in this twisted little caper from Hitman #22, Ennis presents the plot, Dr. Seuss “Grinch” style…

Yep, you see, one more supervillain has been unleashed on the world thanks to nuclear radiation…

I especially dig how Ennis explains Batman’s absence from the comic…

With our “heroes” off to make their contract, we see the story take a turn as our villain decides to set his sights on a specific target – Christmas shoppers!!

As you might imagine, when Tommy and Natt catch up with him at the mall, well, things get crazy.

Ennis clearly had a blast with this issue, even rhyming “gag” and “aggghhh” in that last page. Hilarious.

The issue has a bizarre moral that has to be seen to be believed, so you should pick it up for that alone!


Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

December 3, 2010 at 3:44 am

Ha! I’m surprised I haven’t noticed this bit before. Tommy was hired by Mr. Burns and Mr. Smithers, from “The Simpsons!”

I was also wondering halfway to this article that “Brian neglects to mention those guys are Mr Burns and Smithers?”

I don’t remember if Ennis did so or not, but a golden opportunity was missed if no one referred to Tommy’s friend as “Natt in the Hat.”

loved the irony of hitman having to take down a guy with bad attitude towards christmas. and is a walking nuke plant. not to mention tommy impression on dr. seus makes the issue bizzare and interesting.

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

This is one of those guilty pleasures issues that Ennis’ so famous for giving us to enjoy time and time again.

I get a kick out of evil Santa. It almost makes me wish that someone would do something for a “evil” mime. ;-)

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