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Wanted Paperback – November 27, 2007
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The Good: Wanted is one of a kind. I've never read anything that comes close to the sinister quality about this book. It's cruel, but really fresh. I liked the idea of letting the bad guys win for once. It brought a huge sense of originality to the book. Most of the characters felt new, while only a few seemed borrowed from other comics. The shock value and twists all added to a great story, and I really didn't see this as overdone.
Not so Good: The whole bit about the Killer's history felt like a page out of Watchmen. Some characters gave me unwanted deja vu. Really that's the only little bit I have to complain about. I only wish that some characters weren't twin brothers of traditional Marvel superheroes.
I don't want to say that I loved it, but I definately enjoyed Wanted. Ultimates and Kick-Ass are still my favorite from Mark Millar, but this will definately satisfy the craving for more of his writing.
The most interesting parts to me are the training montages and intrigue that takes place between the various villainous factions before all heck breaks loose.
The fight scenes are entertaining enough as set pieces, but a lot of characters had to check their intelligence at the door once the battles start so it can conclude as Millar wanted.
My biggest complaint with Wanted is that something is shown that doesn't take place. Replace one panel with a black one and the word "bang" and you have a much improved comic in my estimation. Storytelling can mislead the audience so the make the wrong inference, but when in the 3rd person perspective it can't openly lie without devaluing the story.
If you don't mind comic gore and profanity, then Wanted can be an entertaining read, but don't think to deeply about it or you'll will lesson your enjoyment after the fact.