Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Petula Neale as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

This week on Bloodbath, Andrew and Petula take a look at a cult classic DC Comic series from the minds of Garth Ennis and John McCrea: Hitman! The series ran for 60 issues from 1996 to 2001. It’s the story of Tommy Monaghan, a hit man with super powers and morals. Tommy has x-ray vision and moderate telepathy. He lives in the Cauldron, a lower class Irish neighbourhood in Gotham. The series is one of Petula’s favourite comics from the 90s. Although Andrew knew of it, he never read it until now. The two dive into the character with a look at arguably the most beloved Hitman story arc; Local Hero.

In Local Hero, Tommy is dealing with the loss of his best friend as well as a recent break up. At the same time, Detective Deborah Tiegel of the GCPD 12th precinct is suspended for questionable conduct during an investigation. Both Tommy and Deborah are jerked around by the police and the government and will eventually have to team up to clear both their names. A few trips to the bar, a showdown with government agents, and a kooky cameo by Green Lantern Kyle Rayner make this a rip-roaring good time.

Listen to hear Andrew and Petula break down the action of Hitman: Local Hero. There’s also talk of why Garth Ennis picked Green Lantern for a special team up with Tommy. Have a couple of pints and enjoy the latest episode of Back Issue Bloodbath. Tell ’em Captain Sixpack sent ya!

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