Thursday, June 16, 2011

[Review] Hitman: A Rage in Arkham by Garth Ennis

Rating: 3.5 (out of 5)

Does every hero, quasi-hero, antihero, and villain that resides in Gotham find themselves in Batman’s bad graces at least once in their career? It sure seems like it. Okay, I guess that’s a stupid question. I just find it highly amusing how self-righteous a man who puts people in traction, eagerly so might I add, can be about other people doing something alike (and sometimes worse, but mostly alike) to the same people. That’s just me, though.

This review is full of spoilers from previous arcs featuring Hitman that lead up to this one, so I’ll cut it here.

Before reading this arc, I read the arc where Tommy got his powers. While trying to perform a hit, Tommy is attacked and bitten by a demon named Glonth. That bite activates his superhuman gene, apparently, and he gains powers such as telepathy among many. Because of this, Tommy takes his hitman career path to the next level by hunting down and killing super-criminals. It should also be noted that Tommy never kills anyone he perceives as “good people.”

Tommy has one run-in with Batman before this story, as well, where he’s tracking down a medi-lab escapee who’s basically a walking epidemic. Batman doesn’t want Tommy to kill the man, thinking it’d be wiser to create a cure from his blood for those plagued in Gotham, but after listening to Tommy’s justified reasoning, he allows Tommy to murder the man. However, he promises Tommy that they’d meet again, and they do in this arc.

Batman finds out from a goon in the story previously mentioned (Contagion) that Tommy’s next target is The Joker, but Tommy’s hit on Joker isn’t as straightforward or simple as it should be. Are things like these ever easy in Gotham? Yes, another stupid question. Tommy and Batman find themselves in something much deeper than a simple hit.

I enjoyed this arc immensely. Once again, a Buzz friend recommended I read this series (you’ll find that most of my DC reads so far have mostly been recommended by him), and it’s been a great read so far. Not only are the stories well done, but Tommy is truly multifaceted character that’s entertaining on so many levels. He’s funny, sarcastic, and noble (regardless of the fact that he will kill a criminal). He also seems loyal to those closest to him.

The characters presented in this comic come off very believable. Even for the 90s, the dialogue is snappy and authentic, following a very natural flow, making it very easy to fall into without feeling like it was stilted or too over-the-top. The story was mucked up with a lot of complications or meaningless twists and turns. It’s a very straightforward comic, and for that reason, it’s easy to like the characters and enjoy the story. I can’t wait to read more of this series.


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