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Wanted Paperback – November 27, 2007
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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 ›
As I read "Wanted" I kept thinking that this had to be something that Millar conceived of (and perhaps even wrote) as an attention-seeking, rebellious adolescent. it has all of the gross-out "humor" and over-the-top violence for no reason whatsoever that might expect from a 14 year-old (while be completely devoid of any wit). Then, when he was finally able to realize his teenage "vision" he did so without ever stopping to reconsider it with an adult's sensibility.
Seeds of "Wanted" can be found in "Secret Service" and "Kick-Ass," altogether superior works of Millar's. Skip this one and move on to later Millar efforts where he hits his stride.
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 ›
Very different than the movie. I enjoyed the dichotomy/schism around what is the bad guy's primary goal and how they operate, i.e. an interesting character study on bad guys and their organization. Includes plenty of action and keeps you guessing, which I enjoy.
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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 7 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 8 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 12 months ago by Justin