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Hitman Vol. 1: A Rage in Arkham ペーパーバック – 2009/6/23
- 出版社 : DC Comics (2009/6/23)
- 発売日 : 2009/6/23
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 144ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1563893142
- ISBN-13 : 978-1563893148
- 寸法 : 16.74 x 0.94 x 25.83 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 2,195,130位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
I found this first volume to be a touch underwhelming. The first story is a one issue origin of Hitman, which is actually a crossover. Not knowing anything about Etrigan/Jason Blood probably hindered my enjoyment somewhat. I also found the art to not be as expected.
The second story, a one shot with none other than Batman involved, was a little better. It was good to see the Bat as the butt of a few jokes as well. Again, the art was not as good as I would like. McCrae's art is expressive, but the lack of detail irks me somewhat. It is pencil drawn mid 90's era art, so maybe I am being a little too harsh, LOL.
The final portion of Vol 1 is the 3 issue arc of Tommy's series proper, Hitman 1-3. The artistic tone starts to take hold and the writing improved as characters were introduced and developed. It brought the book back from a 2 star to a solid 3 to 3.5 for me.
Full disclosure: I am already to Vol 3 and things are picking up, much to my enjoyment.
Hitman is set in the main DC continuity, and focuses on Tom Monaghan, a professional killer. The only thing that keeps him from being a villain is a general regard for doing the right thing. This of course throws him into conflict with the collection of DC heroes who refuse to kill anyone, cough Batman cough. Oh, and an alien encounter gave him telepathy and X-ray vision, so that's a thing.
The book has a few significant flaws that put it below what I like about Ennis. First, the artwork isn't the greatest. We could have used Steve Dillon for this series. Second, having to take place with the rest of DC heroes means Tommy has to keep his language and actions somewhat more clean than Ennis is used to. While there are frequent bursts of the line-crossing humor and awesomeness I'm used, it's not as much as I would have liked. Finally, since Tommy got his origin as part of a huge DC event, the opening chapters are kind of confusing. This might improve with time, but I think there are better comics to check out.