is an Eisner
and Harvey Award
-winning comic book
written by Brian Azzarello
and illustrated by Eduardo Risso
. It is published by DC Comics
under its Vertigo
imprint and is slated to run for 100 issues.
The plot of 100 Bullets
hinges on the question of whether people would take the chance to get away with revenge. Occasionally in a given story arc, the mysterious Agent Graves
approaches someone who has been wronged in some way, and gives them the chance to set things right in the form of a nondescript attachÃ© case
containing a handgun
, 100 bullets, the identity of the person who ruined their life and irrefutable evidence of this. He informs the candidate that the bullets are completely untraceable, and any police agency that recovers these bullets as part of an investigation will, through some unexplained process, immediately drop that investigation and ignore any transgressions related to it.
Though all of the murders enabled by Agent Graves are presented as justifiable, the candidates are neither rewarded nor punished for taking up the offer, and appear to receive nothing other than closure for their actions. Several people have declined the offer.
Agent Graves was the leader of a group known as "The Minutemen", the enforcers and assassins for the shadowy organization known as "The Trust
". The Trust was originally formed by the heads of 13 powerful European aristocratic families who offered to the kings of Europe
to abandon the "Old World
", where they had considerable influence and holdings, in exchange for complete autonomy in the still unclaimed portion of the "New World
". When England ignored this proposition and colonized Roanoke Island
late in the 16th century, the Minutemen were formed. The original Minutemen, seven vicious killers, eradicated the colony and left behind the message "Croatoa
" as a warning. Since that time, the Minutemen's charge has been to protect the 13 Trust families from outside threats as well as from each other. They were betrayed by the Trust and disbanded after Agent Graves refused to re-enact "The Greatest Crime in the History of Mankind". Some of the former Minutemen had their memories wiped for their protection and were living normal, if lackluster, lives at the beginning of the story.
Many of those who are offered the chance for vengeance by Graves are actually former Minutemen, or people who have been wronged by the Trust or its agents. Trusting to luck and the importance of his "experiment", Agent Graves goes on to reactivate several former Minutemen and recruit potential new members during the course of the series, with the tentative help of the Trust's warlord, the shady and double-dealing Mr. Shepherd