Wanted

Wanted

Book - 2008-
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Cubicle-dwelling Wesley Gibson's life changes the day he discovers he is the son of "The Killer," a member of an underground fraternity of supervillains who have secretly been running the world since 1986. Brought into the fraternity after his father is slain, Wesley comes into his own abilities as the new Killer.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Top Cow Productions/Image Comics, ©2008-
ISBN: 9781582404974
1582404976
Branch Call Number: GN 741.5973 W189W
Characteristics: 191 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, J. G.

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Mocha6ft3 Jun 01, 2013

Saved by a friend.... I say this because i saw a movie a few years ago with the same title, and was very disapointed after seeing the comercials with Angelina Jolie. And then i was told by my friend that the comic book is better. You mean they made a graphic novel of this bad movie? No way was i going to read about what i didn't like seeing on dvd. But one day while at the library, i just happen to see the cover of this book and notice the title. I glanced through it quckly and realized it was the graphic novel my friend told me about. While reading this comic, i couldn't help but notice how much the female character looked so much like Halle Berry. I was blown away by her first appearance as she shot all the customers in the restaurant!! DAMN!!!! I was hooked from there!!! The characters in the comic were so much better and far more interesting than the movie. Especially the leaders of the bad guys!!! Each one could probably fit right into their own comic. Now here's the funny part. Ever since i first looked at the graphic novel i have not been able to find it again. It's always out!!!!! I'm no expert but i loved the graphic novel "Wanted." I'm giving it 5 stars!!! For excellent bad guys and an equally bad woman. Good story. And good art work. Popcorn and giger ale.

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Apr 22, 2013

filming this version would have cost 100 million. so they took a tiny part and added the 'loom of fate' ???

sliston Sep 07, 2010

So I heard that people either loved this one or hated it. When I first read it I came down firmly on the "hated it" side. But after reading more of Millar's output and finding out a bit more about the guy, I thought maybe I should double back and give Wanted a second chance in my mind. Cause see, the dude's corporate work is about as smiley-positive as it can get. He's an avid churchgoer and lay minister in the Catholic Church? So I started thinking maybe I missed something between all the raping, murdering and wonton destruction.

Spoilers ahead, btw.

The previous commenter referred to anti-heroes; I think Millar went out of his way to make the main characters downright evil. The Punisher is an anti-hero, but The Killer's just evil. Bored? Rape someone, shoot someone in the head, beat up some Mexicans, etc. The professor seemed to be an okay guy... but then he heads for the child prostitutes.

You're supposed root for anti-heroes, but I don't think Millar wants us rooting for these characters. If you do (and undoubtedly many do), the joke's on you. That's what Millar keeps very subtle -- understandably, because it'd come off as preachy otherwise, right? Dig it: Wesley walks away from his dull, pointless existence. But what he walks into is an even more banal, more pointless, and by the end equally dull existence. The lifestyle he led before was morally neutral, and the new one is blatantly immoral. Wesley convinces himself it is a superior lifestyle simply because of the trappings afforded to him. He starts off bemoaning “the herd” but by the end he epitomizes the herd… albeit a different herd. He's just switched rat races.

But wow, this subtle moral nugget is buried in buckets of fairly pointlessly spilled blood. I like an exploding head as much as the next guy, but I'm happier when the heads explode for a reason. With Wanted, if you look hard enough, you can probably come up with a reason. At the same time, if you the reader has to look that hard to get the message, the work fails.

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mrjmoskau
Jan 06, 2010

This graphic novel/mini series is infinitely better than the movie of the same name. Profane, hilarious and graphic, it's the anti-hero epic you've always wanted to read, but were too afraid to pick up.
A word of warning: this is NOT for the faint of heart.

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sliston Sep 07, 2010

Violence: About as graphic as it gets.

sliston Sep 07, 2010

Coarse Language: About as coarse as it gets.

sliston Sep 07, 2010

Sexual Content: Brief nudity; much discussion of sex, rape, and inferences of child prostitution.

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