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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 320

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!

Uncollected Classics week continues with a look at an uncollected issue of Hitman (suggested by reader Charley W – okay, he just basically suggested “uncollected issues of Hitman” in general, but close enough!), the hilariously offbeat tie-in with DC One Million, Hitman #1,000,000, by Garth Ennis and John McCrea!

Enjoy!

DC One Million was a really neat crossover organized by Grant Morrison that involved DC’s heroes from the future coming to the present while the heroes of the present go to the future. Besides a crossover mini-series, the event had each DC comic book have its 1,000,000th issue (with 12 issues a year, you can imagine how far into the future we’re talking here).

For most books, this made a basic amount of sense (especially with Grant Morrison coordinating the plots), but there were a decent chunk of books where basically the writers just came up with some tangential stories and/or did their own thing.

One of those books was Hitman, where Garth Ennis and John McCrea essentially just mocked the concept of Hitman even being PART of a crossover like this.

The issue deals with a group of teens in the future who bring their hero, The Hit-Man, to the future, but get more (or perhaps less?) than they expected…

And he proceeds to tell him (but not before Tommy kicks an unkillable cat out of the window)…

Enter the most famous scene of the comic (and perhaps one of the most famous Hitman scenes, period!)…

Tommy is right, of course, and there’s a big superhero battle to come. When the dust settles, Tommy teaches the boys a lesson…

To see if the boys learn their lesson, well, you have to go dig up this issue!

This was a delightfully offbeat take on the modern superhero crossover. McCrea’s art was strong, as usual. Just a nice, hilarious one-off issue.

DC seems willing to reprint Hitman in its entirety, and I bet they eventually will, but please hurry it up, DC! People need to read these issues!!!

11 Comments

The Crazed Spruce

November 17, 2010 at 7:16 am

Back in the fall of ’99, around the time this issue came out, I tried my hand at selling direct-sale comics out of my home. I kinda overrestimated the market, and the whole business folded after a few months.

Anyways, in my first shipment, out of all the DC One Million comics I ordered, the only ones I actually received were this one and Chronos. (I also wound up missing the first issue of the Marvel Knights Daredevil, but that’s a rant for another day.) None of the newsstands in town carried Hitman, this issue was the first one I’d read. It’s just as hilarious now as it was then.

“..I turned my ass into a hand grenade!”

That bit still gets me. :) This continues to be one of my all time favorite series.

Dillon Implants? Steve Dillon’s influence was far flung.

I really wish they would collect DC One Million. I’ve read several of the crossover issues (since DC likes to collect those when they collect the run they were in) but I’ve never read the whole thing. Isn’t it the only DCU work Morrison has done that hasn’t been collected?

My favorite comic book series ever!

You had to love the way Ennis dealt with the many crossovers that happened during the five year run of Hitman, and given that Tommy was based in Gotham, there were a bunch of them. He’d either wave them away with a line or two, or use them as a chance to tell a related, but totally beside the point story.

If I’m remembering right, he always acknowledged that they were going on, even if it was just having McCrea draw more rubble on the streets, but never let them get in his way.

The Final Night issue of Hitman is brilliant. Just the boys sitting at Noonan’s telling stories about death.

DC 1,000,000 is collected.

Haw! Man, this brought back some memories. Wonderful wonderful memories.

my butt turned into a hand grenade loved that little part of one million . for gunfire proved that there are some names one should not use for a super hero. plus loved how Tommy laid down the law on those guys about wanting to be like him. dc needs to get hitman reprinted soon

Yeah, I love it when Garth “mocks” something or the other.

Especially, these days, he sure is “mocking” superheroes in the Boys! ;-)

As was said, DC One Million is collected, but the collection has the 4 issue mini and a few other related books (JLA, Starman, Resurrection Man, and a couple others I’m forgetting). I have the Titan Books edition that I picked up for a quarter not long ago. But the rest of these issues should be collected. (Chronos 1mill is the only issue of that great series I’m missing) The “problem” is that a couple series were killed off with the 1mill issue (Young Heroes in Love, Chase).

I like your line about Ennis mocking the concept of being involved in a crossover like this, since he first came out of a crossover.

I know I’m going to be run out of town for saying this, but I just don’t get the appeal of Garth Ennis. I’m bored with his superhero-baiting (okay, I get it, it’s not the only genre, so how about you stop with it too?) and I find all he does is substitute violent (though somewhat honorable) sociopaths for guys in tights, which frankly isn’t a huge stretch. I find his work cynical and a little bit… mean spirited seems the wrong word. Misanthropic?

In spite of this, I’ve always sort of liked the Hitman clips we’ve seen in this feature and the one before it, but this one just reminds me that, yes, it is a Garth Ennis comic and I don’t get the appeal. C’est La Vie.

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