CBR's Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2016
Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.
I want you folks to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.
Today, commenter Jason suggested Hitman #1,000,000, which has not yet made its way into any of the Hitman trades that have come out so far. The issue was written by Garth Ennis and drawn by John McCrea. It was an offbeat tie-in to the DC One Million crossover of 1998.
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.
This issue WILL be reprinted, though, in the next Hitman collection, due out in April of next year.
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