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!
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!!!