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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840234679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840234671
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Voted 1st in Techland's Top Ten Comics of the Decade * --- Techland

'Imagine Quentin Tarantino doing The X-Files, and you've got some idea of the twisting, turning plots up for grabs here.' --- thrillingdetective.com

'An ink-dark crime series about consequence-free revenge.' --- New York Times Style Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Brian Azzarello is a relative newcomer to the comics scene, but his work on 100 Bullets and Jonny Double has catapulted him to the forefront of the ranks of contemporary comics writers. Eduardo Risso has worked with Azzarello on all the above titles, and is rapidly ascending the ranks of critical and fan popularity.

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Format: Paperback
Book five of 100 Bullets, this is personally my favourite. I would actually recommend this particular story as a starting point for some readers as it is self contained and clues the reader on several key elements of the 100 Bullets world.

So let me explain for any new readers of the series. The central character of the series is Agent Graves a mysterious old man who approaches people who have been wronged at some point in their life, he offers them two things, irrefutable proof showing the person who committed the act and a gun with 100 untraceable bullets. He also offers them carte blanche, complete immunity from law enforcement should they choose to act upon the evidence Graves supplies them with.
How they choose to act upon this information is enitrely up to them.

This volume introduces us to Milo Garrett a hard drinking PI, who is lifted straight from the pages of a 30/40's noir film, he likes to drink hard, he's a womaniser and a bit of a jerk. His face is also a blank having been wrapped in bandages as a result of a car crash. Like any good detective he realises what Graves is offering is too good to be true and starts making inroads to solve the mystery of Graves for himself.

Along the way Milo meets many of the other central characters to the story, who I shall leave unnamed, best not to spoil too much of the story.

One of the defining characteristics of 100 Bullets has to be Risso's fine artwork, he uses a classic style mixed in with his own unique ingredients, one of his focal points I liked a lot were teeth, as he actually conveyed a lot about a character in one scene through this fine detail more than any other.

So because of the self contained nature of this story and how well it covers the key points of the series, I would recommend this a starting point for anyone looking to dip their toes in to the waters of 100 Bullets.
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By 365 Graphic Novels on 23 July 2013
Format: Paperback
This volume is a proper pulp noir. It has the hardboiled detective narrating his tale and drinking his way through a mystery that twists and turns like a snake on a carousel. There is a connection, a briefcase and an appearance by our favourite Agent but it feels like a standalone story.

The obligatory first person narration is highly polished and packed with wit and clever linguistics. It is chock full of "dames," pervading both the art and the story. Whilst they are part of the territory Azzarello works hard to ensure they aren't just plot signposts, although they can feel a bit too disposable.

The art is great as always and works to capture that noir feel. The colouring is top notch too but both aren't the best you have seen in the series.

It is solid but seems too disconnected to form part of the mythos despite using established characters.

Thumbs Up!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr M J Hall on 22 April 2003
Format: Paperback
I Like 100 Bullets.
This is the Fifth book and the series goes from strength to strength.
Brian Azzarello writes strong stories that stand on their own but it is the depth of thought that goes into the ongoing storyline that is strong. As with many 100 Bullets story line this one will raise as many questions as it answers and keep the reader guessing.
If there is any thing that detracts from the quality of the book is Risso artwork that is an aquired taste. Many of my friends who have read this book dislike it but I however really do like it and so that is why I gave this book 5 stars.
It would be important to point out that this is the fifth book and for a new reader it would be advised to start with the first Trade paperback "First Shot, Last Call"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not the best in the series, but still great 6 Jan. 2004
By "ryanman262" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First of all, the last reviewer, Michael K. Smith, hasn't read the four books in the series before this one, so please, only take his review seriously if you are sastisfied reading one chapter form the middle of a given story, and no more.
On a most different scale, I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great series (overall, 5 out of 5 stars, for sure), but the ironic detachment seeping out of the punny characters of this storyline tends to slow it down. I can't say that I think endless, breathless puns make one's writing remarkably appealing. The Counterfifth Detective is too much in the shadow of the last book, which tremendously advanced the storyline and our understanding of the Trust, the Minutemen, and Graves. Very little is revealed here, and in the end, there's a bit of a feeling of disappointment that not much actually happened.
The book is spectacular when read in series with the rest, but, by itself, it falls a bit short of the standards set by the rest of 100 Bullets.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best keeps getting better! 5 May 2003
By Charles Fraga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Counterfifth Detective is the fifth collection in the 100 Bullets series, and quite possibly the finest storyline yet. Counterfifth tells the story of Milo Lewis, a private detective on the mend from injuries received in an auto accident, who gets a visit from the series central character Agent Graves and his mysterious briefcase. Unlike other previous beneficiaries of Agent Graves' lethal gifting, Milo senses that all isn't quite what it seems and sets out to do some investigating, the results of which...well, you'll have to read it for yourself to find out! In all, The Counterfifth Detective raises the bar for the already outstanding Tarentino-esque 100 Bullets series, with a tip of the hat to old film noir crime dramas. By the way: If you haven't read 100 Bullets yet, you're really missing out. This series is to books, as The Sopranos is to television; completely landmark and visionary, and totally reinventing the genre. What are you waiting for? Go read it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shades of Philip Marlowe 2 Oct. 2009
By Jon Repesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading 100 Bullets trades can be a frustrating endeavor. Its entire lengthy run was precisely one story, making it possibly the longest story in comics history, so just picking up any trade beside the first will leave one starting clearly in the middle of things. Most are comprised of single or double issue exploits requiring previous familiarity of events while ultimately concluding with little resolution themselves, except for one. Counterfifth Detective is the one trade in the entire group of thirteen that can even be remotely considered a standalone arc. It's also the only one that can be correctly classified as noir, with the rest more accurately described as contemporary gangsta. Like most Azzarello books, it can be difficult to follow, especially considering the smaller role it plays in a much bigger picture. His writing as usual is caustic and clever, though the repetitive nature of the banter between practically every character does get a bit tiresome. The plot plays out like an old fashioned private detective tale, replete with crooked clients, dangerous dames, and enough booze and bawdiness to satisfy any aficionado of the genre. However like previously mentioned, do not expect everything to make sense upon first reading. If you're not intrigued enough in the 100 Bullets saga to contemplate purchasing the entire run but would just like to sample arguably the best and certainly the most self contained book of the series, this is the one to consider.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Countefifth Detective"-4 stars 2 May 2003
By "rsmon77" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this fifth collection of the truly great "100 Bullets" comic, we are introduced to private eye Milo Garret, a man who recently got out of the hospital after going through the windshield of his car face first. Obivously, he doesn't look too good (he spends the majority of the story with his head in bandages) and is curious how he ended up the way he has. After meeting a man only known as Agent Graves (a constant character in the series)who gives him an opportunity to find out who is responsible for his string of bad luck and the chance to pay them back. But as he's about to find out, the truth of it all may just put him under permanently. The solid writing by Brian Azzarello and the vibrant art of Eduardo Risso continue to amaze me. While you may need to have read the previous volumes of the series to understand several minor plot points, it is still a solid read, with a truly dark, noir-ish ending that will leave you reeling. Recommended.
100 Bullets comes into its own. 21 April 2006
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brian Azzarello, 100 Bullets: The Counterfifth Detective (Vertigo, 2003)

The fifth volume of the 100 Bullets series is something new for Azzarello, at least within the scope of this series, and it's quite refreshing. This is more classic-noir style than the rest of the series, something Azzarello doesn't normally do. I can't say it's a surprise to see that he does it well (after all, he treaded the line, without ever going across it, in Hellblazer: Freezes Over), but it's a surprise to see that he does it, overall, better than most of the things he does. And Azzarello does everything well.

As most noir does, The Counterfifth Detective starts out with-- what else?-- a private investigator (whom we saw receive his hundred bullets in the background in A Foregone Tomorrow). Milo Garret's stay in the hospital, he finds, wasn't an accident, and Graves has offered him the opportunity to get even. From there, you have the basic revenge storyline that informs most standalone 100 Bullets stories, but filtered here through Dashiell Hammett and a dirty sweat sock.

The best volume so far. If you haven't discovered 100 Bullets yet, you want to. *** ?
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