Monday, 29 July 2013
The comics are chosen completely at random and apart from a four week lead-in period, even I don't know what I'll be looking at in the weeks to come!
HITMAN #32 - December 1998
Ahhh, Hitman. While Preacher was garnering all the attention and acclaim, Garth Ennis's other ongoing for DC Comics at around the same time was centred on a Gotham City based contract killer called Tommy Monaghan and his similarly employed friends.
And it was superb.
In this storyline, Tommy's Heroes, Monaghan and his friends Natt, Ringo and Hacken had gone to the African country of Tynanda as mercenaries, mostly to get away from the Mafia that were looking for them back home. The ruler of the country, though, turns out to be a total bastard who's hired super-powered thugs to terrorise the locals and it's not long before the moralistic Tommy and friends have resigned and try to leave. First, though, they have some mountains to cross and while heading to them, Hacken displays his own super-power: that of putting his foot in it when he suggests to Natt that being in Africa must be "like a sorta homecomin'" for him:
They end up being captured by the rebels and offered a chance to work for them against the Tynandan dictator. Trouble is, the rebel leader finances his activities by producing and selling heroin which causes a problem with Tommy and the others.
Eventually, though, they overcome their differences and agree to help. The rebels take them to an abandoned army outpost where they find something that will help them in their attack on the capital:
It was a wonderful series and, if you haven't read it, you're missing out. Go buy the trades and enjoy.