GRAVES, agent Phil
100 Bullets is one of the best books ever produced. Brian Azzarello has dragged Agent Graves outta the depths of hell. And Brian is a CLASSIC writer
He is the chief villain in a comic series swarming with them. Just about every character is a scumbag in their own special way. Only a very small
handfull of the characters are not scumbags. That's one of the reasons why I loved the book. ( It ran for exactly 100 issues from 1999 to 2009)....
He is a Samurai that wears a black suit and tie and carries automatic pistols instead of Katanas. He lives and stands by a very strict and rigid code
of conduct, one he insists on sharing generously with anyone he has anything to do with.
He is the leader of the Minutemen...the dirtiest, most dangerous bunch of enforcers ever known. There are always seven Minutemen and Graves has been
their boss for over four long decades. Together they both police and protect the TRUST, thirteen families that secretly own and run America.
Graves modus operandi when not working on Trust matters is to pick out a member of American society, someone that has been wronged by someone else,
and give them a breifcase. Inside the case are 100 bullets (from whence the title comes from) , 'irrefutable' proof that it was that other someone
that ruined their life, [in the form of photographs and documentary evidence] , and the verbal guarantee that they have carte blanche to do whatever
the hell they want with weapon and bullets. Once the bullets have been retrieved, no law enforcement agency, not even the NSA or CIA, can touch the
It is a power...and an indulgence, that the thirteen Trust families have granted agent Graves.
At the start of the series, somewhere around issue 4 or 5, it becomes clear that a terrible dispute has pitted the Trust against the Minutemen and
their fearless boss. It seems as though Augustus Medici, the head of the richest and most powerful of all the thirteen families, has recently tried to
do away with the Minutemen, convincing the other families to unanamously sign Graves death warrant along with his seven men.
The Trust apparently have decided they can live without their police force.
Butt Graves is not dead. At least some of the Minutemen appear to be very much alive. And Graves seems to be playing his briefcase game with a renewed
purpose. Something went wrong...and now these so-called rich ruling elite families have one very twisted, bitter former Warlord on their tales.
Graves is a very scary character. He is one of the most mysterious and intriguing villians ever in comics. And he can hit any target at any
I say read 100 Bullets if you haven't, it's so good it can't be adequetly desribed. Azzarello's instinct and respect for language, especially ethnic,
prison and street vernacular, is nothing short of astounding ! Absolutely BRILLIANT !!!
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