GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: The Complete Accident Man

The Blurb: “As sexy as James Bond, as lethal and discrete as an air bubble to the heart, Mike Fallon is a genius at the art of making assassination look like an unfortunate accident. The Complete Accident Man collects, for the first time ever, four tales of sex, revenge and violence, written by legendary comics author Pat Mills together with Tony Skinner and artwork by an outstanding selection of international stars! From the writer of legendary titles Charley’s War, Marshal Law, Nemesis the Warlock and many more, with artwork by a murderer’s row of talent, and a cover by the indomitable Howard Chaykin!

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OMG – I fought hard to get a copy of this book, and it was well worth it! Rewind a few decades and I bought the first few issues of a comic called Toxic! from Apocalypse Ltd (which in truth, never made it past its first few episodes). Toxic! was to be a rival to the then dominant 2000 AD; it was the first time an all-colour British comic had been produced. It was also the first time I ever got Marshal Law, but the character who stole the show was Mike Fallon: Accident Man. In short, Accident Man was a hit-man whose stock-in-trade was to make his hits look like a pure accident, for example, using bullets made of compressed ice fired at tyres to effect a puncture and roll a car out of control. By the time the police turn up to investigate, ice has melted, and hey presto… it looks like a blow-out. And when he’s not collecting his pay-cheque, Fallon hangs out at his local,  the Oasis Pub… a drinking dive for an eclectic group of hit-men, many of whom are Fallon’s friends and rivals.

Accident Man is very British. Fallon tries hard to be as refined as Bond, but most of his mates are little more than military trained football hooligans. The stories are great, especially the kills – if you’ve ever seen (and enjoyed) the 1987 classic Best Seller with Brian Dennehy and James Woods, then Fallon is very close to Wood’s character Cleve, the ex-mob hit-man who walks writer Dennehy through his gallery of hits in order to create a narrative for the next best seller. The Complete Accident Man is a great collection of four brilliant stories on a complex character, whom in truth, never really got the exposure and accolades he should have – personally I’d love to see Guy Richie produce a film of Accident Man, and Tom Hardy would be the perfect choice!

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Source: Titan Books

GS Rating: 5/5

GS Reviewer: SilverFox

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