100 Bullets Vol. 4: A Foregone Tomorrow by Brian Azzarello with art by Eduardo Risso
Genre: Crime Fiction, Comics
Series: #4 in the 100 Bullets series
Publication Date: 2002
This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 320-30 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
In the fourth collection of this series, Agent Graves continues to offer immunity to everyday people to carry out their innermost desires of vengeance with the 100 bullets that he supplies. But as these self-serving manipulations take place, pieces of the mystery of the Minutemen and the organization that created them start to come together, and we discover the research and conspiracy theories of Mr. Branch. As more is revealed about the series’ main characters, the true meaning and importance of the conflict between Graves and the Trust starts to emerge.
This series is an odd one for me. I like the crime fiction aspect and the gritty noir feel to the stories. At the same time I dislike the jumping around with storylines that can feel pretty random and scattered. Just about when I decide I’m going to let it go though, I get another hint of the backstory of Graves, Shepherd and the Minutemen and then I can’t let it stop.
This one had a couple of short issues and some longer multi-part stories. One used a historic event and put a bit of an interesting twist on it. For me the best part of this volume was learning more about The Minutemen and The Trust which is an organization of crime families.
I keep having to stop at the library to page through previous volumes when characters show up again after an absence of many issues.
I guess all that means that while I have a like/dislike relationship with this series, it’s one that I’m interested in enough to continue . . . at least for one more volume. But that’s also what I said after the first volume too.