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Wanted Paperback – November 27, 2007
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About the Author
Mark Millar is a Scottish comic book writer. His first job as a comic book writer came when he was still in high school
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Upfront, let's say this: This is a book about villains. They're going to do villainous things. They aren't going to hold hands. They aren't going to be nice people. They aren't going to have a change of heart. They aren't going to see the error of their ways. Not because they couldn't, but because they don't care. Many of the criticisms people have leveled at this book take that one thing for granted. They want the protagonist to be a nice guy (he isn't), they want him to do good things (he doesn't), they want the story to have a happy ending (the jury's sort of out on that one). Make no mistake, this is not intended to be mainstream fiction. And to me, that's part of the appeal.
Wanted is the story of Wesley Gibbs, an office drone who's been walked on his entire life. He's been kicked by nearly everyone who could have a chance, and twice on Sundays. His girlfriend is sleeping around on him, his boss is abusive without cause, and Wesley takes it, because he can't envision any other way to live. Until someone comes along and tells him he's the son of the greatest killer who ever lived, and that he's just inherited his legacy. And while he fights it at first, he comes to embrace it, and that's where things start getting complicated.
I don't want to walk you through the book. I don't want to tell you that you should like it, because, frankly, I understand why a lot of people wouldn't like this book.Read more ›
WANTED collects issues 1 - 6 of Millar and Jones' series, plus a great pin-up and sketch gallery. Let's get the basics out of the way first: Wesley Gibson is the ultimate loser - he has a dead-end job, a cheating girlfriend, and no backbone. This drudgery is interrupted when Wesley is surprised by the information that he has just inherited the legacy of his deceased deadbeat dad, the rapid-firing supervillain The Killer. He is even more surprised by this information because no one is aware that superhumans even exist! Over the following months, under the tutelage of arch-criminals Professor Solomon Seltzer and The Fox, Wesley learns of the shadowy history of superhumans on Earth and is transformed into a killing machine in the mold of his father, while slowly coming to the realization that things aren't quite what they seem to be. Rumor has it that Millar pitched this idea to DC Comics as a story of the son of either Deathstroke or Deadshot, and I can believe it, as almost every character contained within is an analogue of some DC character (with a few Marvels thrown in for good measure).
Jones' art is excellent - seriously: WOW! It couldn't be better.Read more ›
As a male, I'm natually drawn to graphic and senseless violence (fictional violence, not the real stuff), which the author/artists do a great job of providing. I would NOT show this book to a child, and TBH I wouldn't show it to a teenager either, but maybe thats just the Liberal-Conservative in me. Anyways..... The artwork is beautiful, as is the binding and dust jacket (which doubles as a poster). The artwork is not the really awesome CGI stuff thats been hitting the market, its the oldfashioned style of comic making.
Those being the positives, here's the negative from my perspective. The story line, is utterly boring. The story does have a well thought out twist which gives u some excitement at the end. The beginning is also pretty cool (seeing a layman become a super villian), but the middle part..... Well... I would have enjoyed it more having read the beginning, then the end, and just browsed the middle.
If your wanting good artwork, showing what few have been able to produce (without censorship), then this is your book. If your looking at the book purely from a story telling aspect.... Continue browsing (might I suggest "Red Son"??).
The story here plays out the fantasy of every teenage boy who wasn't popular in middle school. A loser suddenly gets all the power he can dream of and uses it to murder, rape, and say 4 letter words in front of his mother. The entire plot of the book is a poor construction to drive a parade of juvenile brutality and attempts at shock value.
There's an interesting premise that drives the setting of the book: a world where the supervillians won, and reforged the world to be apparently mundane. There's the potential for something truly interesting. But the villians themselves showcase the creativity behind the book far better: a riddler knock-off covered in obscenities, a Bizzaro character named ****-tard, and a clayface made of poop. Instead of developing characters or investigating evil or any one of a dozen things that would make this book work it blows past them to fill another panel with the obnoxious main character happily shooting a pregnant woman.
After reading an entire book filled with almost insultingly juvenile substitutions of substance with pulp and lame attempts at shock the ending tops it all. After suffering through one man's painfully uneventful and dull power trip he actually insults his audience, pushing himself as free spirit and the readers as pitiful sheep. I'm sure it appeals to someone wearing a Rage against the Machine t-shirt spray-painting Che Guevara on stopsigns and thinking they're some misunderstod genius, but to anyone whose passed 8th grade it will come off as a pitiful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was not a fan of the very ending which was a bit too over the top (even though the whole book is really over the top, the ending was a bit overkill), but other than that, it was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Felter
The movie ruined it understandably because Hollywood is not ready for that kind of violence. This was a masterpiece.Published 2 months ago by Orin Yue
The art is great, the writing is standard for Millar so juvenile and full of "shock factor", and the character's are so flat they transcend the first dimension... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Justin
A pleasant divorcing from the usual comic book filler. Millar is unconventional, insightful, and a much needed change of pace from the typical fare cluttering up modern comics... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey Thompson
Great graphic novel and movie. Definitely reading it multiple timesPublished 8 months ago by TechGeek