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Agent X #12

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell

Writer: Daniel Way
Artist: Kyle Hotz

Publisher: Marvel Comics

When a rival assassin tries to take him out of commission for a few days, Agent X is made aware of a million and a half reward that is being offered up for the death of a television executive. Needless to say Agent X is gunning for this reward, and the rival assassin who tried to keep him off the playing field.

Not a terribly funny issue, as Daniel Way seems to take the character of Agent X a bit too seriously. Still for a done in one issue this is a pretty solid little story that has Agent X becoming involved in a competition with a rival hired assassin to pull off a hit where the extremely high payoff of one & a half million dollars is the result of a bidding war between two television executives who want to see the other one dead. Yes it's that old plot. Actually since I'd much rather the writer of this title place a greater focus on the plot as opposed to simply stringing together a series of gags I have to say that this issue was highly entertaining, even if it wasn't loaded with laughs. Oh there's a couple groaners such as the exchange before Alex is pushed into the lake minus his arms & legs, and the encounter with the dwarf tosser felt like it needed a rim-shot to elicit a laugh. On the other hand I will give the book credit for a couple cute gags as well, as the idea that the rival assassin has a lame duck tag-line he offers up before he pulls off a hit was rather cute, and the way that Alex manages to take the credit for the hit that his rival pulled off was pretty clever.

As for the art, It's always great to see the name Kyle Hotz in the credit box, and his dark, slightly twisted style is a prefect fit for this issue's rather serious-minded adventure. The collection of sound effects on the elevator ride down would have to be my personal favorite sequence.

Final Word:
A pretty entertaining done-in-one adventure, that offers up a pretty solid plot, and manages to develop a nice sense of danger, as the rival assassin is a nice mix of lameness & menace. Now the book does seem to lose its focus halfway through, as it suggests to the reader that Sandi is next on the rival assassin's meet & greet list, but the book never follows up on this threat. Still, the story does tell a complete adventure, and while most of the humor is a bit tepid, there were a couple gags where I was left with the sense that the lame humor was suppose to be reflective of the idea that the rival assassin simply wasn't funny.

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