100 Bullets #52 Review

Reviewer: Mathan “Only Fours Years Left” Erhardt
Story Title: Wylie Runs the Voodoo Down part two

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Penciled and Inked by: Eduardo Risso
Colored by: Patricia Mulvihill
Lettered by: Clem Robins
Cover by: Dave Johnson
Editor: Will Dennis
Publisher: Vertigo/DC Comics

So last issue we find Wylie Times in the Big Easy with a case from Agent Graves, and Mr. Shepherd tied up in a hotel room. We then see flashbacks to Wylie lamenting the loss of a love and frequenting a bar that has some unsettling characters.

This issue begins with Wylie honoring Shepherd’s last request as the two debate the value of cigarettes and preferred ways of dying. Then we flashback to Wylie waking up after his passing out in the cemetery.

Dizzy, the character that began the title is there when he awakes. The two then share a drink and some bad memories of lost loved ones. Then they witness a brutal attack involving a bear trap and water, which puts them on the run from unknown assailants.

Dizzy and Wylie then split up, and Wylie decides to look up that past and drown his sorrows. He flashes back to his time with Rose, the girl he lost. He awakens to meet up with Homer, a person from his past. Back to the present where a tied up Shepherd begins to account for his whereabouts during the same time.

Azzarello is a great writer. His wit is amazing. Everything characters say is filled with meaning, which may not become apparent for another two years. In this issue we see Dizzy and Wylie bond over lost loves, Wylie happy and Wylie meeting, I’m assuming, a familiar face. Robins does a great job with the lettering. Again, Robins has fans on the next trying to decipher the hidden meaning of words. 100 Bullets is perhaps the most scrutinized book on the market, and they couldn’t as for a better letterer. Plus the sound effects during the attack scene a expertly rendered. The story builds, and I eagerly await every issue.

Artistically this issue is a sound as ever. The moments between Wylie and Shepherd are tense and the lighting is sparse. Risso makes Shepherd wary but not scared. The brutal attack scene is told in silhouette, which makes it all the more frightening. He also tantalizes by concealing the identity of Homer, making readers suspect that he’s a familiar face. Mulvihill’s colors compliment on every panel, expecially with their neon sign work. Check out page #17 panel two to see the attention to detail and the amount of work Risso and Mulvihill put into an issue.