100 Bullets: Samurai, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, is Book 7 in one of the most intriguing and powerfully written comics series around. It's extremely dark material, both in terms of artworkalmost all the scenes take place at night, with a moody, muted color paletteand content. The premise is this: a mysterious stranger who knows about something terrible that once happened to you gives you an untraceable gun and 100 bullets and promises you vengeance without consequence. Noth-ing, of course, is that simple. In this volume, one set of the 100 bullets is supposed to be used on the shooter himselfclearly problematic. The bulk of the story takes place in prison and is rich with dead-on dialogue and complex characters; even the "bad guys" have secrets, depth and nuanced personalities. If the storyline is hard to pick up here in the middle, don't worry: you'll want to seek out the first six volumes as soon as you've read this one.
Becky Ohlsen has been a comics geek since she plundered her brother's X-Men collection at age seven.