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Wanted HC Assassins: Director's Cut Edition Hardcover – 8 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Top Cow Productions/Image Comics (8 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582409331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582409337
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 18 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,490,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wanted is a fresh, vivid and uncensored look at the world of villains... intelligent, a little provocative and a whole lot of fun" - IGN.com" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, whose work includes Judge Dredd, Superman Adventures, JLA, Ultimate X-Men, Superman: Red Son, The Authority and the bestselling The Ultimates. J. G. Jones is one of the comics industry's most sought-after cover and interior artists, with work including Marvel Boy. He is also the painter of all fifty-two covers for the multi-million-selling weekly 52 series, an incredible and unprecedented achievement. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheese time on 4 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
The front cover of this comic book, is a big F*** you to the film basically, so do not be put off by the cover. The realy story is about a bunch of crooked criminals that have taken over then world and this young boy in the middle of it has the best super power of all of them and he doesn't even know it yet!!

Just wait and see what it is! A totally unpredictable story and worth reading again and again!

I recommend this to everyone! A must read, even if it's just something to talk about!
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I'd best get ready for the hate mail.

This is OK. Great drawings, very little attempt at getting coherency into the story. Startlingly violent and foul language as you'd expect.

The real problem is the lack of a coherent string to the story. It's as if huge swathes are missing.

As a result, for me, the film, for all its faults and illogicalities, is just that little bit better, in that it has one story running through it grounded in our world, with a relatively contained background, rather than the series of snapshots that make up the book.
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Absolutely brilliant read. Gives a great twist on the 'superhero' genre. Not for the easily offended though! A solid read from Mark Millar with brilliant art work by JG Jones. My one complaint would be the front cover featuring the terrible knock off movie of this classic read.
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By Ana Castanheira on 10 Oct. 2013
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I bought this for my husband's birthday and ended up reading it before he did... Cool book. Liked the story but didn't "love it". Still recommend it though! :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2011
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Mark Millar's Wanted ticks all the right boxes. The story makes a good read, the artwork from JG Jones and Paul Mounts is visually beautiful and as a graphic novel is perfectly presented. The graphic collects the six-part series of Wanted originally produced by Top Cow and includes the Wanted Dossier, which introduces the main characters with some beautiful artwork by JG Jones, Jae Lee, Frank Quitely and Brian Michael Bendis, to name just a few.
The story itself tells of the fall-out following the death of the Superheroes in 1986, by the Supervillains, and the subsequent death of The Killer and the rise of Wesley Gibson following in his father's footsteps. The Supervillains rule from behind the scenes but Mister Rictus wants that to end. The story comes to a head after a massacre of the Supervillains and a revelation which ensures the destiny of Wesley Gibson.
Throughout the novel, there are hints to the Superheroes we are familiar with - Thor, Wonder Woman, Black Widow - but the best hint comes in the form of Adam West and Burt Ward, who played Batman and Robin in the 60's tv series, and their fate with "a good old-fashioned supervillain death trap", old chum.
Great stuff and a brilliant read. Maybe a sequel?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2009
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Completely different to the movie, this is a black novel with nihilistic overtones and set in a world where the superheroes lost and the supervillains won.

Inverting the trope of the hero destined for greatness but ignorant of his past, Wesley Gibson is a corporate drone with a girlfriend who has sex with anyone but him, a boss who dominates him in every way and who takes everything that life throws at him without a complaint - until the day the Fox, a stunningly beautiful woman arrives to shoot up a sandwich shop and take him away from his life. Wesley discovers that his father was the Killer, a vicious supervillain, and that he's inherited his father's killing abilities. With the help of the Fox and the Professor, he rids himself of his conscience and inhibitions to assume his father's role. However as he sinks deeper into a world of violence and deprivation, questions start to rise as to who was responsible for his father's murder and Wesley begins to have doubts about the world he's joined.

There are some wonderfully dark ideas at work here - particularly some of the villains, including one made from the faeces of the 666 worst humans in history and the cloned Down's Syndrome brother of a well-known superhero. Millar, Jones and Mounts take obvious glee in their world and there is a lot of violence on show here.

Although lip service is played to Wesley having doubts about his new life, there is little real emotional depth to this novel so if you're looking for something more sophisticated, this isn't for you. Despite some nice touches of black humour, the bleakness can be a little wearying at times and I'd have liked to see more about the inter-dimensional element to the storyline.

It's not a bad read but lacks the complexity to make it a truly great graphic novel. Still, it's worth checking out and personally, I found it a lot more interesting than the movie adaptation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kalik on 21 Aug. 2012
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I've read a few reviews before buying this. There's not to many good reviews out there honestly. Like many others I watched the movie first and wanting to read the original piece. Unlikely many others though, I loved both the comic and movie. I dont see the shock value that others see however as a lot is done in such a way that u dont see the really bad stuff mentioned (e.g. rapes etc.), and honestly I think if villians really did rule the world they wont satisfy themselves with stealing old woman's handbags. My only complaint is there is no sequels or that its pretty short which fair enough is to be expected from a Millar comic. Either way I loved it, and hopefully another gets made though I'm not sure what direction that could go into.
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