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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

    Sam Quixote

    I’ve never been a fan of Kyle Starks having tried and abandoned his previous comics Sexcastle and Rock Candy Mountain, but I decided to stick out Assassin Nation if only to see if I was wrong and his bad stories somehow got better over the course of a complete book. Nope - I was wrong about being wrong! A guy hires the world’s top 20 assassins to find out who’s trying to kill him. And they do. And you won’t care. Starks’ writing is like reading a sub-par American Dad or Archer script by someone I’ve never been a fan of Kyle Starks having tried and abandoned his previous comics Sexcastle and Rock Candy Mountain, but I decided to stick out Assassin Nation if only to see if I was wrong and his bad stories somehow got better over the course of a complete book. Nope - I was wrong about being wrong! A guy hires the world’s top 20 assassins to find out who’s trying to kill him. And they do. And you won’t care. Starks’ writing is like reading a sub-par American Dad or Archer script by someone who’s not even remotely funny. There’s a character called Dave who’s talkative and daft and he plays the annoying character who’s talkative and daft. There’s a character called Fuck. Woah, how kerazy and unexpected! There’s a character whose name appears in big bold letters like a corny theme song from an old TV show. Are you laughing yet? Because I was this close to throwing the comic in the bin after that opening chapter! There’s nothing worse than reading someone who thinks they’re hysterical and they’re actually anything but. I also don’t see what people like about Erica Henderson’s fugly art. It was shit on The Unbearable Squirrel Girl and it’s shit here. The pages are so bland with single colour backgrounds and uninteresting facial expressions on ordinary, forgettable character designs. The action sequences are poorly mapped out so it’s not totally clear what’s happening in them making them unengaging to read. There are too many characters here even though Starks cuts the numbers down drastically over the course of the story. They’re only ever indistinct and dull, regardless of how long they stick around for. He tries to make one of them the main character by giving him a motivation beyond money - which is more than most of them get - where he’s trying to avenge the death of his husband, but it doesn’t work. I couldn’t even tell you the guy’s name. The friendships the surviving assassins develop is unconvincing - would elite killers really be so eager and open to new relationships? Oh right, yeah, this is shite Archer so probably because bad Melissa McCarthy-level comedy. I guessed who was really targeting the guy not even before the halfway point and think I kept reading at least partially to find out if I was right. And the “explaining it all in one long monologue at the end” cliche just made me angry at the laziness of the writing. Unfunny, boring tripe that looks exactly as bad as it reads - Assassin Nation is ass.

  2. 4 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. Sti 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jokoloyo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a comic story, so the plot is very simple after you have read Agatha Christie's novels. I put pretty high ratings due to the friendships of protagonists. The most exciting was the first volume where readers are not sure yet who are the main characters/protagonists. On the other side, I like the climax, especially the battles of "lieutenants" of each side. I like the sub-plot that leading to the duel of the lieutenants. At least the mystery revealed, some characters developed (ok, as much This is a comic story, so the plot is very simple after you have read Agatha Christie's novels. I put pretty high ratings due to the friendships of protagonists. The most exciting was the first volume where readers are not sure yet who are the main characters/protagonists. On the other side, I like the climax, especially the battles of "lieutenants" of each side. I like the sub-plot that leading to the duel of the lieutenants. At least the mystery revealed, some characters developed (ok, as much as thin paper characterizations can grow), and the story ends.

  4. 5 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 defi 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    First off....this has nothing to do with the film of the same name. This is about a bunch of assassins. Next this was pretty fucking dumb and with the cartoony artwork, it made it even less enjoyable. Kind of surprised by Image comics putting this out. Definitely a series I will not be continuing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    RG

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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Vlasaty

    This book is violent and bloody and ridiculous and stupid (in a good way). I love Kyle Starks’ comics and Erica Henderson’s art fits the style of the book. I dug this one a lot.

  8. 5 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

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

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul Spence

    In a world where assassins are glorified and all want to secure that coveted top spot, people will do anything to remain on top, regardless of who they have to kill. Assassin Nation Vol #1 is published by Skybound Entertainment, an imprint of Image Comics, written by Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty), with art by Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and The Venture Bros.), and with letters by Deron Bennett. Assassin Nation focuses on, Mr. Rankin, former #1 assassin turned leader of a crime sy In a world where assassins are glorified and all want to secure that coveted top spot, people will do anything to remain on top, regardless of who they have to kill. Assassin Nation Vol #1 is published by Skybound Entertainment, an imprint of Image Comics, written by Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty), with art by Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and The Venture Bros.), and with letters by Deron Bennett. Assassin Nation focuses on, Mr. Rankin, former #1 assassin turned leader of a crime syndicate in his city, who has been a victim of assassination attempts. To find out who is targeting him, he invites the world’s best assassins and gives them an offer, to protect him from whoever is trying to kill him. With him being such a powerful man that he is and a lethal assassin he was, it could be anyone from a bitter rival from his former life or a power-hungry rival of his current life. The characters in Assassin Nation Vol #1 are diversely represented in race, gender, nationality, and sexuality. This series shows that no matter who you are if you are meant to be great at something, you should pursue it. The characters at the start were vast and many, but as you read on, it dwindled quickly down to just six main characters. Mr. Rankin, Maxwell Bishop, F*ck Tarkington, Dave, Smoke, and Fingerman. Each character brings something unique to the table. The two standout themes in Assassin Nation were race and sexuality. Race comes into play when one of the character’s flashbacks shows them assassinating someone and as the witness tries to describe them to the police and makes a comment about their race. The other is speaking about the LGBTQ+ when Bishop mentions he’s looking for his husband’s killer. Both scenarios were handled very well. The dialogue in Assassin Nation Vol #1 is handled amazingly. It comes off as much more realistic in comparison to what you would see in the movies. When there was a need to be professional, it was delivered, when Dave needed to crack a joke, it was well-timed, and so forth. The interactions between the characters felt authentic and not forced. The story-line is superb, from well placed comedic breaks from Dave and F*ck, to the more serious nature of Bishop. The pacing in Assassin Nation is excellently done and never comes off as rushed. Even the flashbacks in the story are well-curated and help bring more character to each assassin that remains. It’s easy to follow along with the story direction, and if you pay attention to subtle nuances, like how Mr. Rankin responds to certain assassins or even how when tragedy hits, you’ll be able to start piecing together the ending before you arrive. I am not a big fan of Erica Henderson. Her art on Squirrel Girl is amateurish. Her art is certainly much better in this volume than anything she has done in the past, but it still is not of the top rank. She has a problem in getting the characters faces right on a consistent basis. However, her coloring in Assassin Nation Vol #1 is vibrant and richly saturated. Her coloring helps to offset some of her limitations as an artist. She could work full time as a top ranked colorist based on the quality of her work here. Additionally, Bennett did an amazing job on lettering for this series, especially with the unique typography used for some of the sound effects. The usage of it helped give more impact to what happened and let the reader have an easier time hearing that sound. Overall, Assassin Nation is an amazing series and a fun read. If you’re into high action, cheesy jokes, betrayal, badasses, action movies, or even the creators of this crazy ride, you have to pick this up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma Gear

    What happens when an extremely powerful, wealthy man has a price on his head from an unknown assassin? Simple. He hires the top 20 ranked assassins in the world to serve as his bodyguards. All at once. Assassin Nation is not particularly deep. It doesn't seek to challenge you. It's not trying to change the world. It's a comic book equivalent of a Hollywood action comedy where 20 colorful assassins (about half of which are killed off by the end of the first issue) are forced to work together to ke What happens when an extremely powerful, wealthy man has a price on his head from an unknown assassin? Simple. He hires the top 20 ranked assassins in the world to serve as his bodyguards. All at once. Assassin Nation is not particularly deep. It doesn't seek to challenge you. It's not trying to change the world. It's a comic book equivalent of a Hollywood action comedy where 20 colorful assassins (about half of which are killed off by the end of the first issue) are forced to work together to keep one guy from dying. More assassins get killed off in every issue, but it never stops to be sad, or grim about their fate as it's too interested in slinging jokes at you to keep the tone light from beginning to end. At only 5 issues it's certainly worth checking out, and while most of the assassins are two dimensional characters, they're still fun enough to watch and hang out and all that. The art is done by Erica Henderson as well, which can give it a couple extra points if you're used to seeing her draw the beloved Squirrel Girl series by Marvel. Going from a squeaky clean safe for all ages book to something with a character literally named Fuck is fun on a meta level and adds to the comedy. Short, sweet, to the point, but definitely fun. It won't appeal to everyone with its cheesiness but if you like action and jokes then you should definitely have a good time.

  13. 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 loo 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    I've always had a soft spot for the movie Smokin' Aces, and this book aims right for the same spot. It's over-the-top in the same way, and as soon as you accept its cartoonishly violent world, the story works on just about every level. I came into this for Erica Henderson's art, which I wouldn't have thought was a good fit for the theme, but it works very well. I would have read it even sooner had I realized that Kyle Starks was the writer of Rock Candy Mountain. It's funny, absurd, overwhelming I've always had a soft spot for the movie Smokin' Aces, and this book aims right for the same spot. It's over-the-top in the same way, and as soon as you accept its cartoonishly violent world, the story works on just about every level. I came into this for Erica Henderson's art, which I wouldn't have thought was a good fit for the theme, but it works very well. I would have read it even sooner had I realized that Kyle Starks was the writer of Rock Candy Mountain. It's funny, absurd, overwhelmingly violent (but doesn't really revel in the violence, if that makes sense), unashamedly rude (one of the characters is named F^&$ Tarkington, and he's actually a fully developed character), and just manages to be charming and fun even as it throws up a massive body count. I was kind of surprised to see it wasn't a standalone series; it tells a very complete story that needs no continuation. At the same time, the prospect of even more assassins interacting with our protagonists is something I'm definitely down for. Definitely worth a read if you can deal with the violence and death.

  15. 5 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 they' 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.

  16. 5 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 enjo 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    All the world's top assassins team up to protect a criminal kingpin who used to be the number one assassin. The assassins are mostly unique and somewhat interesting, but they also spend 50% of the book discussing their current ranking ("You're definitely a top five assassin now!") which is hilariously dumb. Erica Henderson's art is amusingly gross at times, though action scenes can be a struggle to follow. And there are many action scenes here. The whole book reads like a high idea stretched out All the world's top assassins team up to protect a criminal kingpin who used to be the number one assassin. The assassins are mostly unique and somewhat interesting, but they also spend 50% of the book discussing their current ranking ("You're definitely a top five assassin now!") which is hilariously dumb. Erica Henderson's art is amusingly gross at times, though action scenes can be a struggle to follow. And there are many action scenes here. The whole book reads like a high idea stretched out into five issues of fluff. I didn't care about any of the characters and, by and large, was happy to see them kill each other. Maybe that was the point?

  18. 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 Marve 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.

  19. 4 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 t 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This series is a cluster whack. When I downloaded this off of edelweiss, I got the chapters in reverse. For me this is actually a fine way to start. The Memento like look offers a perspective on what goes through the character's heads. All actions and nothing but surprises. No jump scares either, it's all built in with subtle foreshadowing everywhere. The color palette alone is a great way to tell a story. Not to mention, when actions do happen, it's all in a way that feels great. Makes me wonde This series is a cluster whack. When I downloaded this off of edelweiss, I got the chapters in reverse. For me this is actually a fine way to start. The Memento like look offers a perspective on what goes through the character's heads. All actions and nothing but surprises. No jump scares either, it's all built in with subtle foreshadowing everywhere. The color palette alone is a great way to tell a story. Not to mention, when actions do happen, it's all in a way that feels great. Makes me wonder if there's more after all of this.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Another hilarious tale of violence from Kyle Starks and some wonderful artwork from Erica Henderson! Not quite as over-the-top, action-movie spoof as Starks’ Sexcastle, but that’s fine by me. The climax became a little predictable toward the end of the arc, but the very end sets up a much larger world to many new possibilities. Being a fan of Squirrel Girl, it was cool to see Henderson’s artwork in new context and I look forward to more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Beautifully drawn (and even more beautifully colored!) madcap dark comedy about a bunch of assassins doing assassin stuff. It's about as effortlessly funny as it gets, reminiscent of Nick Spencer's and Chip Zdarsky's funniest work. Not to mention the best friend duo in the whole wide world: Fuck and Dave. This would work best as a one-off but if they decide to do a volume 2... I might not be able to resist, even if I love this as a complete story.

  26. 4 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.)

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nabil

    This comics is just brilliant! It's like a great action movie. Its got some great characters with distinct personalities, and just as importantly its funny! Would probably give it 4.5 stars in the end.

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