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Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with Kyle Starks (writer of sales beast Rick and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope that will have readers laughing in the aisles. Full of swears, an excessive amount of violence, and a ton of murders. Welcome to volume one of Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with Kyle Starks (writer of sales beast Rick and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope that will have readers laughing in the aisles. Full of swears, an excessive amount of violence, and a ton of murders. Welcome to volume one of Assassin Nation. The World's Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe, survive, and also attempt to solve the mystery of who's trying to off him! Written in the same vein of Starks' action-comedy cult classics Sexcastle and Kill Them All, Assassin Nation has the same laugh-until-you-cry spirit of action-comedies like Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, and Deadpool, wrapped in the bombastic, side-splitting murder-fest you've been waiting for. Collects Assassin Nation #1-5.


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Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with Kyle Starks (writer of sales beast Rick and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope that will have readers laughing in the aisles. Full of swears, an excessive amount of violence, and a ton of murders. Welcome to volume one of Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with Kyle Starks (writer of sales beast Rick and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope that will have readers laughing in the aisles. Full of swears, an excessive amount of violence, and a ton of murders. Welcome to volume one of Assassin Nation. The World's Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe, survive, and also attempt to solve the mystery of who's trying to off him! Written in the same vein of Starks' action-comedy cult classics Sexcastle and Kill Them All, Assassin Nation has the same laugh-until-you-cry spirit of action-comedies like Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, and Deadpool, wrapped in the bombastic, side-splitting murder-fest you've been waiting for. Collects Assassin Nation #1-5.

30 review for Assassin Nation, Vol. 1: Number One With a Bullet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Assassin Nation is Kyle Starks's latest book in his own sub-genre of 80's action movie parodies, this time with a story about a bunch of world's best assassins having at it with each other because of reasons. It's over the top, it's silly, it's funny and entertaining, although it's also probably my least favourite thing I've read by Starks so far. There were too many characters (most of them pretty unmemorable), and the ongoing storyline was at the same time quite thin and pretty convoluted. Assassin Nation is Kyle Starks's latest book in his own sub-genre of 80's action movie parodies, this time with a story about a bunch of world's best assassins having at it with each other because of reasons. It's over the top, it's silly, it's funny and entertaining, although it's also probably my least favourite thing I've read by Starks so far. There were too many characters (most of them pretty unmemorable), and the ongoing storyline was at the same time quite thin and pretty convoluted. Still, how bad can a book be when it features a character whose actual name is "Fuck Tarkington"? And then gives you dialogues like this? Or masterfully uses hilarious russian cursing as a gang name? So I really can't be too disappointed with this book regardless of its shortcomings. Plus Erica Henderson's artwork is just delightful. Everybody knows that you don't watch this kind of movies for plot or any sort of elegance anyway.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    actual rating: 3.5 I guess I get some of the low ratings for this, but honestly if you pick up a book called Assassin Nation by the guy that writes the Rick and Morty comics and see on the literal first page character list that there's a dude named 'Fuck Tarington' and you are still expecting it to be some kind of high brow masterpiece then I just don't even know what to tell you. Is it dumb? Absolutely. Is it also FUN? ABSOLUTELY. It is for the most part just a huge bloodbath, but there are actual rating: 3.5 I guess I get some of the low ratings for this, but honestly if you pick up a book called Assassin Nation by the guy that writes the Rick and Morty comics and see on the literal first page character list that there's a dude named 'Fuck Tarington' and you are still expecting it to be some kind of high brow masterpiece then I just don't even know what to tell you. Is it dumb? Absolutely. Is it also FUN? ABSOLUTELY. It is for the most part just a huge bloodbath, but there are definitely a few heartfelt moments as well. It's not perfect but I had a lot of fun reading it and I like all the characters that made it through to the end. I would definitely check out the next volume.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Art was great but story too simple. Predicted the ending or twist from issue 2.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    - You know how many people can say they've been the number one killer over the last twenty years? Very. Fucking. Few. You and me? We climbed a mountain and fucked the sun, my friend. We got the sunburnt dicks to prove it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Review submitted to Diamond Book Distributors for possible publication. Review will be posted here after publication OR not being selected.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 1.7

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    While I felt the twist to the book was telegraphed early on, and I didn't really care / get a feel for a majority of the characters introduced, Assassin Nation is a pretty fun murder non-mystery. Who is trying to kill the former #1 assassin in the world? The answer won't surprise you! But the ridiculousness of the violence is enhanced by Erica Henderson's perfectly cartoonish art. I recommend this for fans of 100 Bullets, Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call, Die!Die!Die!, Vol. 1, VIRGIL, and anyone While I felt the twist to the book was telegraphed early on, and I didn't really care / get a feel for a majority of the characters introduced, Assassin Nation is a pretty fun murder non-mystery. Who is trying to kill the former #1 assassin in the world? The answer won't surprise you! But the ridiculousness of the violence is enhanced by Erica Henderson's perfectly cartoonish art. I recommend this for fans of 100 Bullets, Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call, Die!Die!Die!, Vol. 1, VIRGIL, and anyone looking for a book about thieves or assassins trying to undermine each other.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Erica Henderson, the artist who against all odds made The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl a hit book, teams up with Kyle Starks, who tends to write books that are just as ridiculous but a lot less wholesome, and generally involve lots of elite killers killing each other in improbable ways. Assassin Nation fits much more with his prior work than hers; he's generally worked with artists (himself included) who render his bloodbaths in a cartoony and fun fashion, rather than as the unspeakable horror Erica Henderson, the artist who against all odds made The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl a hit book, teams up with Kyle Starks, who tends to write books that are just as ridiculous but a lot less wholesome, and generally involve lots of elite killers killing each other in improbable ways. Assassin Nation fits much more with his prior work than hers; he's generally worked with artists (himself included) who render his bloodbaths in a cartoony and fun fashion, rather than as the unspeakable horror they'd be if depicted in anything like a realistic fashion. So, as you might have picked up by now, I was looking forward to this one. And the opening page, with a ranking of the world's top killers, had me cracking up already, including as it did such a perfectly judged grab-bag of mismatched aliases: Taipan Fuck Tarkington Wistful Stan Mamba Twins Dave ...and so on. But then in the comic proper, at least initially, something wasn't quite gelling for me. Never before have I read either a Starks or Henderson comic where I wasn't entirely clear what was going on at all times, but in places here the storytelling just wasn't quite flowing for me. I mean, on the most fundamental level, I got that a bunch of people were killing each other, and roughly why, but sometimes the intermediate level of detail wasn't connecting. Happily, as the series goes on, the partnership seems to get into gear, and these disconnects become far fewer and further between. And even if there is the odd page I didn't get, there's always some outrageous trick shot, martial arts fantabulosity or just plain silliness around the corner. Not to mention some surprisingly cutting gags, for instance: "Aren't you worried about witnesses?" "Are you kidding? I'm an Asian woman in America." [Cut, sans caption, to what is nonetheless instantly recognisable as a hypothetical interrogation room] "Can you describe the killer?" "Uh...she was Chinese, I guess? Maybe...Japanese?" "And how old would you say she was?" "Somewhere between fifteen and five hundred?" Not just the same issue, but the same page, also includes the following description of an antagonist: "He looks like if humans evolved from testicles instead of monkeys, and then squeezed that testicle on to a Rascal scooter." So it may not have been quite so full bore amazing as I was expecting, but still a lot of fun. And then, right at the end, I realised the problem. The Edelweiss ARC has the issues in reverse order, something I hadn't noticed because the covers weren't showing (the latter problem is fairly common; the former really isn't). So somebody has seriously goofed there. But considered in that light, the fact it made any sense at all is pretty impressive, no? Still, at some stage where it's not all so fresh in my memory, I think I would like to read it in the right order.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lee

    This was a lot of fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed how the art did not seem to match the violence of the story. It almost made it more fantastical instead of visceral, which I appreciated. Erica Henderson was a lot of fun on Squirrel Girl and you can see her style played to maximum effect here. Starks’ story was a lot of fun. I appreciated at the beginning of the story where he gives the reader a ranking of the best assassins. It felt very Cowboy Bebop. The characters were a lot of fun and This was a lot of fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed how the art did not seem to match the violence of the story. It almost made it more fantastical instead of visceral, which I appreciated. Erica Henderson was a lot of fun on Squirrel Girl and you can see her style played to maximum effect here. Starks’ story was a lot of fun. I appreciated at the beginning of the story where he gives the reader a ranking of the best assassins. It felt very Cowboy Bebop. The characters were a lot of fun and enjoyed how ridiculous the story ended up being. Assassins hired to protect a mob boss from assassination attempts was a fun story and plot points were easier to figure out even if the reader only suspected it. There were times where I thought “Oh, yeah, that” but moved on because it was a lot of fun.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    First thing you need to know about this one is it's actually written backwards, so the first chapter drops you into the middle of the action and tells you exactly why all the best assassins in the world are viciously murder-killing each other. If you want to pull a Memento Easter Egg moment and start reading from the last chapter it will all make a lot more sense. Otherwise, it's a fun, violent ride ala Tarantino, , a lot of funny moments, with great art in a style that is very "old school First thing you need to know about this one is it's actually written backwards, so the first chapter drops you into the middle of the action and tells you exactly why all the best assassins in the world are viciously murder-killing each other. If you want to pull a Memento Easter Egg moment and start reading from the last chapter it will all make a lot more sense. Otherwise, it's a fun, violent ride ala Tarantino, , a lot of funny moments, with great art in a style that is very "old school Marvel" because of course, the Marvel stamp is all over the author and the illustrator.

  11. 5 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    Lots of laughs and blood! In a world where assassins are ranked and admired, one man tries to stay number one, But who is really out to get him? The worlds greatest assassin is getting death treats. The best people to protect him are the people who want his spot. Things get a little messy. This book was FUN! The characters and their back stories were interesting, the art was great to look at. My one complaint would be that it was a little predicable but still managed to have some surprises. Not Lots of laughs and blood! In a world where assassins are ranked and admired, one man tries to stay number one, But who is really out to get him? The worlds greatest assassin is getting death treats. The best people to protect him are the people who want his spot. Things get a little messy. This book was FUN! The characters and their back stories were interesting, the art was great to look at. My one complaint would be that it was a little predicable but still managed to have some surprises. Not too sure if there will be another volume but I liked this one enough to read another.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    Lots of bodies in this slightly irreverent comic series about the top assassins Slightly light-hearted comic series about the top assassins hired to protect one of their own. With bloodshed galore, the plot takes us through several comics to an inevitable conclusion. The characters are reasonably developed and the artwork is generally clear but too colourful for my taste. It’s quite fun and a bit original. Worth a swift look.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy L. Campbell

    Art style isn't super detailed, which is fine for this fast paced quirky comic. I will say, things didn't really pick up until the last issue with the resolution coming on quick and not actually resolving so much as coming to a brief resting place. I have the feeling subsequent volumes are even zanier and would probably be faster paced. I think I'll enjoy the development of the new number one killer, but I won't tell you who they are...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joe Jones

    First off the egalley of this was in the wrong order going from issue 5 to issue 1 which I did not realize at first. I am guessing it will be fixed in the final print copies. This is for fans of 80's action movies. It is over the top action, language, and violence with plenty of humor thrown in. I really liked the art work as well. While it was a lot of fun it was not great so that is why I only gave it 3 stars. Which still makes it a solid read for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hugo

    A great deal of fun, largely due to Henderson's art - atypical for this particular sub-genre (violent and foul-mouthed crime drama), and a large cast of memorable if disposable characters; a large debt paid to Tarantino in the script and dialogue, and the plot twist is obvious from early on, as is the ensuing ending it inevitably telegraphs. (Read as single issues.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Turko

    God, I loved this comic. I think I may be the only one too. The story is bonkers but the characters are very colorful. Speaking of colorful I love Erica's art in this. I knew her work form squirrel girl and I feel like the silliness in her marvel work matched the tone with Kyle's writing. I personally don't have any complaints about this book. I love it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dubzor

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. While I could appreciate SEXCASTLE, it didn't really do it for me personally. This title is much more up my alley. ASSASSIN NATION feels like a really good Shane Black action movie. The humor is witty, the characters are odd yet loveable, and Erica Henderson really shows just how talented an artist she is.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Can someone please explain how we're supposed to present a cogent review of a book when it's presented backwards, from issue 5 thru issue 1?? This isn't Memento, ffs – it's a low-brow shoot-eveybody-fest, with not a lot going for it. And some wack-ass publishers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Normally I hate uber-violent stories, but this is pretty fun and pretty cartoony with the violence.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Entretenida lectura.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Fun graphic novel that doesn't take itself too seriously.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danny Zang

    Starks and Henderson are honestly a match made in heaven for comedic timing and creative action sequences. This was a blast to read!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian Song

    Unrealised potential, sadly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jess Nevins

    People who don't like Assassin Nation are opposed to fun, rainbows, really good chocolate, and that thing you like a lot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carol Tilley

    Definitely not highbrow but tons of fun.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This was okay, but nothing like the rollicking comedic romp I was promised. Kind of goofy, all told. The art was all right and very colorful.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Wright

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sizzlelean

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