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Bullet Ballerina is the latest comic book from the SST Publications series of short comic books that teams up some of the genres finest writers with exciting artists. Bullet Ballerina, sees Tom Piccirilli, one the genre's most respected writer team up with Greg Chapman to produce an interesting comic book that takes an irrelevant and sly look at two of comic books most over used themes - revenge and retribution.
Johnny Booze (don't you just love that name? Why couldn't my parents give me a name that cool.) is an ex soldier and cop. After his family was murdered by a mob boss he has gone of the grid so to speak. Becoming a "punisher" for those who do wrong, a judge jury and executioner for a modern age. On his way to his latest target he meets Ellie, a young woman out for revenge, a woman who is probably more mixed up and pathologically scarred than Johnny.
I can hear you all screaming "wait a minute, he is just Frank Castle". And I can sympathise with you Johnny is cut from the same cloth as the Punisher, but rather than just going over the same old ground, we are treated to an sly and at times tongue in cheek look at this whole section of comic books. To be honest this is Tom Piccirilli we are talking about here and to even suggest that he would write something so generic would be to do the great man such a disservice.
This is a short and bittersweet story and revelation as to why Ellie is so driven for revenge is told with a great deal of dry wit. Johnny is your typical hard boiled, bitter revenant, with Ellie as a brilliant counterpoint, flamboyant, expressive and hyper.
Tom's excellent story is is strongly complimented by Greg Chapman's gritty art style. Chapman captures the nuances of Piccirilli's writing perfectly. Bullet Ballerina is a fantastic book that breaths new life into the most cliched ridden storyline of comic books. We should all raise a glass and give Johnny Booze a toast.