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    I couldn't sleep Tuesday night so I read the last 50-60 books of 100 Bullets. I get the mechanics behind having 100 books in a storyline called 100 Bullets but maybe look at not having so many of them be absolutely inconsequential to the actual plot? Holy crap. Entire story lines where it's just "these people, with the established characters doing something in the background". And trying to keep track of who was on which team? hell, the fact that suddenly there were teams? Or that in the end it didn't fucking matter because literally no one made it out of the story alive?

    Or the painting that was so important to the story that two or three narratives came together for it and then it's just buried with a dead woman? Is it a story-telling device I'm not familiar with where the book doesn't tell you about the story you're reading? hell, there was one book that opened with one of the guys getting a fancy ring and they talked about it for pages and then...nothing. and the art - while nice - wasn't good enough for the fidelity to see if he was still wearing the ring throughout so why?

    I could go on and on about how many ways this book wasn't for me. I'm not a Marvel/DC guy where if they don't have spandex it's not fun so that's not it. It's just an idea that seemed pretty neat and then suddenly it's a thousand-year-old conspiracy theory and revenge on top of revenge on top of revenge and so random and then it's not even about the 100 bullets anymore because that guy's dead too!

    There were a couple places where an alt-history angle was attempted but it fell flat because they wouldn't lean into it, the Roanoke 'massacre' for one. And the violence? Sometimes it felt like violence for the sake of violence, like when dude had his lower jaw ripped off by a bear trap. no shit that happened.

    I'm ranting so I'm not saying anything creative or positive about it. I also fully admit that reading that many books in a row probably caused most of my reaction, as was reading them all from midnight to 5:30 in the morning. never mind the 24+ hours awake by the time I got to the last book.

    Anyway, I can't recommend the book. I mean I kept going because of the Eisner awards and I was like "this book is going to be the one where I figure it out" but no.

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    Reading DCeased right now is pseudo order. Apparently book 14 of "Hope" is due out later this month and yet it's in the 'middle' of the stories proper? it's just weird because that reading order has not been updated in a year so it's had to have changed, right?

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    OK, finished DCeased and DCeased: The Unkillables as well as the five available books of DCeased: Dead Planet. using that reading order I was also reading the DCeased: Hope at World's End which apparently is digital only so may not have a collected version? Anyway, there's also supposed to be 14 chapters and yet at the end of 14 it said something about concluding in the next chapter so bah.

    To start off, I don't like zombie stories unless there's something unique to be offered and this is interesting enough, though it does turn it's own logic on itself a time or two, especially since apparently in one series *redacted* is dead and in another *redacted* isn't? But that's a particular annoyance of comics in general. The part where *redacted* is 'immune' to the virus but *redacted* isn't is dumb. There are too many places where I was into the story and the world it was building and then it would do a hard left for the sake of having a sequel setup or to further the plot. And some characters change immediately - like nanosecond fast - and others are like "forsooth, though dawn does break..." and I get story beats but come on.

    And ripping your own heart out? It's metal af but also how would that even work?

    plot armor abounds, but this is the way.

    The artistry is wildly different at times and it is strange to see.

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