100 Bullets: Six Feet Under the Gun by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
This sixth volume features six stand-alone chapters, each focused on one of the story's main players: Dizzy, Cole, Benito, Lono, Graves, and Wylie. And behind each individual's story, the war between Shepherd and Graves continues to escalate, and the uneasy alliance of the thirteen families continues to fracture.
In this volume, Azzarello revisits the stories of six characters we have met before. In doing so, he allows us more insight into their motivations, and successfully foreshadows the direction of the plot. Although there doesn't seem to be any plot direction here, the exploration of the characters does it job in creating tension, and driving the story into unknown territory.
The artwork in this volume was particularly attractive, and I'd go as far to say the contribution of the artists here was more valuable than Azzarello's. The layout is thought-provoking, eye-catching, and utterly macabre in places. I thought it was excellent, and truly wonder why graphic novels aren't taken far more seriously as an art form.
The knots are tightening with the Trust; things are falling into place, and the intrigue is building. This is a great series to get into, and I'm glad I've had the opportunity to do so in a linear manner!