Map of the city.
Gangs: One Tricks, Moolah Muthas.
Oh so this is the kind of stuff David Lapham's Stray Bullets is supposed to be like. Or what Brian Azzarello was shooting for with 100 Bullets. Or I guess anybody else with a comic that has "bullets" in the name. I guess they were all writing this stuff in the mid- to late-Nineties. Now, I'm not an unqualified consumer of Pope-- well, his writing, because obviously his art is alway pretty incredible-- & I almost always hate crime fiction, but I thought this was pretty great. It had a few key hooks-- like likable but stupid protagonists-- that I think are missing from a lot of the crime genre. It wasn't relently gloom & feel-bad drama, either-- another hallmark of the criminal thrillers, I find, is the creeping banalatity of awfulnuss. A monotonous dirge of one bad thing after the next. Oh, & then there is the fact that the eponymous "one trick" is pretty fun, & is seamlessly integrated with the narrative without a sloppy exposition about it being shoe horned in. So yeah, I had fun with this; the art is kinetic, the story moves, & it takes a few unexpected turns & twists. Not to mention, the introduction made me think of Massive Attack & Tricky, & so I've been listening to trip-hope all day & feeling somewhat nostalgic for the turn of the millenium.