100 Bullets Vol. 2: Split Second Chance by Brian Azzarello with art by Eduardo Risso
Genre: Crime Fiction, Comics
Series: #2 in the 100 Bullets series
Publication Date: 2001
This volume 2 is a compilation of issues 6-14 of the comic series.
From the back cover:
Split Second Chance, the second collection of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s acclaimed crime series 100 Bullets will bring you deeper than ever into their raw and unforgiving world of gutter crime and sanctioned retribution. With a seemingly simple gift — an untraceable gun and a hundred rounds of ammunition — the mysterious Agent Graves offers the powerless and wronged a chance at vengeance. But beyond the decision of whether or not to pull the trigger, a deeper question is beginning to emerge: just who is making this possible? — and why?
The first volume of this comic series introduced the concept of being gifted with an untraceable gun and 100 bullets along with the proof about who had done them wrong. What they chose to do with the information, weapon and ammunition was up to them.
That continues in this volume with some interesting outcomes. The thing I liked most about this volume however was the beginnings of looking into the back story of Agent Graves. Who is he? Why is he doing this? Where is he getting his information as well as the guns and ammunition. Who is funding this? Yes I have lots and lots of questions. The answers begin to be doled out in this volume. It’s clear that Azzarello isn’t going to answer them all at once and some of the answers will lead to further questions but he’s definitely expanded the story in this one.
It’s got a noir feel to it and that is greatly enhanced by Eduardo Risso’s artwork. Where the story lags a bit the artwork makes up for it.
I’ll be moving on to volume 3 relatively soon.