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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 140

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 moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the Hitman story, “Ten Thousand Bullets,” by Garth Ennis and John McRea…


This storyline was a major game-changer in the Hitman universe, as one major character is killed off while another one is introduced.

The major character who is introduced is Natt the Hat, Tommy’s “best friend” from their service together during Desert Storm…

Ennis gives us some more info on these two guys – reading this scene now is particularly interesting knowing how important the friendship between these two men become to the title…

Now, the quotes I mentioned before around best friend were because Tommy has ANOTHER “best friend,” Pat Noonan, and check out this little scene where we see how Pat reacts to hearing Tommy call Natt his “best buddy”…

Nice little bit of subtle storytelling there by Ennis and McCrea…

Things get worse for Pat when he gets picked on by one of the other hitmen who hang out at the bar…

That’s the problem – Pat sort of IS a wimp, at least compared to the rest of the guys who hang out at the bar. But he’s also Tommy’s closest friend.

Anyhow, the driving force of the story is that one of the best hitmen in the world, Johnny Navarone, has been hired to take out Tommy….

Through the use of a hand grenade in close proximity, they escape, but things are not so good for Pat…

this eventually leads to…

That takes us up to Part 3 out of 4 – I won’t spoil Part 4 for you here (but attentive readers will note that I already did in the Year of Cool Comic Book Moments) – just note that it is one of the oddest “shoot out” scenes you can believe.

Classic storyline filled with character work, action and a great deal of humor (I didn’t show it above, but there’s also a brutally funny parody of ‘urban vigilantes’ in this arc in the person of NIGHTFIST!!!).


Tom Fitzpatrick

May 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

A terrific series.

No doubt.

loved how Tommy wound up with people just like him guarding his back too the end that garth made the friendship of the characters a strong part of the series. even though the character had to be nuts to hang around with Tommy

Just picked up the second volume of the new trades. Looking forward to reading it.

My favorite Ennis series EVER. It’s a crime that it’s not easily available as trades, and the few that were printed only made it up till #30 of the series or so. They’re slowly getting back in print (like one every one or two years).

One of the best series ever if only because of the mix of humor with truly pulling no punches and never leaving the reader knowing who would live or die from issue to issue. Also has one of the single best Superman stories ever in the series for those who have never read it. Definitely worth a look see and a crime that there are so few trades out for it.

Travis Pelkie

May 22, 2010 at 1:15 am

I am Baytor!

Nightfist — he will hit you with his FIST!

What issue numbers did this story take place in? It looks like, from the indicia, that part 3 was in Hitman #5, so that is (lessee, carry the 2,…) it’s #3-#6 ? Gotta dig these issues out.

Like I don’t have enough comics to read. CSBG makes me want to reread every single one of my good comics. You guys are great though, seriously.

You cut the best part, where Tommy tells Pat he could have told him everything and he wouldn’t have cared. It’s one of the few scenes that makes me tear up at the mere mention of it.

DC, get off your lazy asses and get this masterpiece of a run in TPB form.

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