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Question: What would happen if you crossed over TheDCU, SamPeckinpah, ''TheBoondockSaints'', JohnWoo, and Creator/SergioLeone?

The Answer: ''Hitman''.

''Hitman'' is a CultClassic comic book series written by popular and controversial writer GarthEnnis of ''{{Preacher}}'' and ''{{Punisher}}'' fame and drawn by frequent Ennis collaborator John [=McCrea=]. It had its origins in the [[TheNineties 1990s]] DarkAge-tastic Bloodlines CrisisCrossover, where aliens invaded Earth to murder human beings and drain their spinal fluids. Which somehow gave the few survivors superpowers in the process. It was easily forgettable, and the cast of NinetiesAntiHero equally so. Bloodlines was meant to profit off the Dark Age phenomenon by creating a new batch of "heroes" for the era, because, after all, DarkerAndEdgier sells, doesn't it?

The only good to come out of this mess was Tommy Monaghan, the title character of ''Hitman''. Former Marine and professional hitman, Tommy hangs out in the Cauldron, the poor Irish district of Gotham City. He frequents a bar with his buddies and father figure. During the Bloodlines crossover, in ''TheDemon Annual'' vol. 3 #2 (1993), Tommy survived an encounter with one of the invading Franchise/{{Alien}} knockoffs and gained two abilities: X-Ray Vision and Telepathy. Both powers prove to be rather handy to a man of his profession.

With these, a lot of guns, and a loyal band of friends, Tommy's contracts will always set him off on insane adventures one can expect in a colourful world like the {{DCU}}, but this being a Garth Ennis piece there's always a darkly humourous and satirical bent. What other comic can you read about hitmen fighting zombie baby seals, two headed mafiosos, Ricean vampire pansies, gun-demons, dinosaurs, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the Justice League, Franchise/{{Batman}} and {{Lobo}}?

The Hitman solo series lasted for 61 issues, running from April, 1996 to April, 2001. This series is chock full of Ennis' signature trademarks, yet it also emanates his signature subtle compassion. In a series that mostly exists to thrive on the RuleOfCool, it can be surprisingly humane, compassionate, tragic and heartwrenching. This is primarily because Hitman is a victim of CerebusSyndrome, but it never lost its sense of humor or fun, even past the turning point of the syndrome.

Highly recommended to fans of Ennis, Woo, Tarantino and anyone who loves a good asskicking.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Deborah Tiegel. Also [=McAllister=], Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, and Comicbook/WonderWoman. Only two major female characters really aren't.
* ActionGirlfriend: Deborah again. She proves to be able to repeatedly floor Tommy every time he pisses her off.
** [[spoiler: Also [=McAllister=] again, in the final arc.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Johnny Navarone sees himself as this. So does Tommy, until Johnny pisses him off.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: At the end of the story, only three of the main cast reach old age. Hint: Tommy ain't one of 'em.]]
** [[spoiler: And one of the three characters who does survive goes on to be pretty brutally killed in Punisher: MAX]]
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: When Tiegel's grandpa dies, his old military comrades come "from South America" for his funeral.
* AssShove : Parodied / lampshaded along with AssPull with the unfortunate researcher from Injun Peak who develops the power to pull whatever he wants from a certain orifice...
* TheAtoner: Tommy has a bout of this in the "Tommy's Heroes" arc.
** [[spoiler:Tommy has a bout of this in the whole series, and it kills him.]]
* AuthorAppeal: It's a Garth Ennis work. Guns, over the top violence, black comedy, Rape as Comedy, Action Girls, satire and parody.
* AuthorTract: It's a Garth Ennis work. Superheroes are dicks who can't empathize with regular Joes, corporations suck, immigration themes, there's more to people than you think, you shouldn't look down on the lower class, etc. But Ennis shows that TropesAreNotBad.
* AxCrazy: Most of the villains. And Hacken.
* {{Badass}}: Tommy himself. And any major character who frequents Noonan's, including the bartender Noonan himself. Catwoman. Deborah. Etrigan. Quite frankly, it's a WorldOfBadass. Half the Badass Index can be integrated into this story.
** The Badass Index put out a second volume recently. It was called "Ringo Chen."
* BadassGrandpa: Sean Noonan. How else can you describe a man who casually mows down a Tyrannosaurus-Rex with a BFG and remarks to his chef-cum-co-bartender; "I think we just solved our sandwich shortage."
** Benito Gallo is a villainous example.
* BadassNormal: Almost everyone in the main cast. Tommy himself can even count since he rarely uses his two powers in combat, and he can barely hold his own in a fist fight against any remotely competent combatant. And yet, Tommy rakes a higher body count than most Horror Movie Villains.
* BadBoss: Agent Truman, and several Mafia Dons.
* BashBrothers: Tommy and Natt the Hat.
* BerserkButton: Never mess with Tommy's home turf. Just ask those vampires. Or those dinosaurs. Or the mob. Or the CIA.
** Also, for whatever reason, Tommy gets very offended when someone suggests he'd ever call a woman a bitch- even when he was just about to call a woman a bitch.
* BewareTheSuperman: Subverted. Every superhero Ennis makes up is an incompetent buffoon.
* BestServedCold: The Father's Day arc.
* BigBad: Agent Truman.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Ennis loved mocking whatever was new at DC. His CrisisCrossover contributions center on the characters talking about how stupid the whole thing is, both Mullet Superman and Superman-Blue were treated as downright blasphemous, and whenever Ennis brought up other characters who debuted in ''Bloodlines'', they were dismissed as pathetic losers ("[[KilledMidSentence OH MY GOD, I TURNED MY ASS INTO A HAND GRENADE]]--").
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape: Bueno Excellente has raped Green Lantern and Lobo.
** These are only implied, but they're pretty heavily implied.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Depends on your point of view.
* BloodyHilarious: Oh, God.
* BottomlessMagazines: Something of an inconsistent trope. It's either played straight, subverted, averted, lampshaded.
* BoisterousBruiser: Hacken!
** Nightfist. He will HIT you with his FIST!
* Bulungi: The state of Tynanda.
* ButtMonkey: Tommy. And Hacken.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: The point of the Father's Day arc. Tommy has a score to settle with his father.]]
* CaptainErsatz: Night-Fist. Take one good look at his costume. I wonder whom he's meant to parody.
* CarFu: If there's something in the way, and Natt the Hatt's behind the wheel, you can bet this will happen.
* CombatPragmatist: Tommy, natch. Arguably the worst hand to hand fighter in the series, yet he makes up for it with ImprobableAimingSkills. To paraphrase what he said to Sean after killing a pot dealer in his youth, having used a gun for the first time and killed a man for the first time, "I ain't Going Toe-to-Toe with Bonko Finneran when I can take him from ten feet away."
** What do you do if you're facing a genetically-engineered gunslinger who can draw shoot and holster, then grab the lighter he just had in his hand before it falls more than a few inches? [[spoiler: Have your buddy shoot him from behind, of course.]]
* TheComicallySerious: Batman, whenever he shows up. The bit in the second issue where Tommy pukes on his shoes is a sight to behold.
* CrisisCrossover: Lampshaded by the characters, who are often a bit perturbed how big, world-shattering events seems to occur like clockwork once a year.
* CrossOver:
** Tommy and the gang protect the Cauldron during No Man's Land, and wax nostalgic during Final Night.
** Etrigan, GreenLantern, Catwoman, Superman, and Batman all show up at various times.
** The leader of the vampire coven in the "Dead Man's Land" arc also appeared in Ennis's run on ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.
** Kathryn [=McAllister=] from the final arc, "Closing Time," is the same woman as Kathryn O'Brien from Ennis's run on ''Punisher''. (In her final appearance, she talks about her past relationships, including "that stupid bastard Tommy.") In ''ThePunisher: Up is Down, Black is White" it's mentioned that one of O'brien's aliases is [=McAllister=]
* TheDragon: Tommy has occasionally faced a few.
* DwindlingParty: As the series continues, the gang of Noonan's Bar slowly deceases one by one, until the final arc "Closing Time" that starts with just [[spoiler: Tommy, Natt and Hacken]] of the originals left. [[spoiler: Two out of those three don't make it to the end]].
* EvilAlbino: The evil albino African FlyingBrick known as Skull.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin : Zombie Night At The Gotham Aquarium. It's about zombies. In Gotham. At the aquarium.
* EyeScream: Ringo in ''For Tomorrow''
* GoodPowersBadPeople / LethalHarmlessPowers: Supervillain Scarlet Rose has the ability to make roses grow. Which she uses to hideously kill people by making them grow inside their bodies.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Early on in the series, {{Etrigan}}, a CrazyAwesome rhyming demon, gets into a fight with an obese alien parasite. In the ensuing battle(which happens to take place at the funeral of a mob boss that the alien parasite had killed earlier), Etrigan initiates combat by bludgeoning the alien with the ''corpse''. Yes, you read that correctly. On top of that, the corpse's ''head flies off'' when it hits the alien.
-->'''Etrigan''': ''Oh come, old pal! Don't have a tiff! Relax! Kick back! Be cool! '''Eat stiff!'''''
* GroinAttack: Teigel's reaction to one of Tommy's attempts to get back together after he cheated on her. He should count himself lucky -- her reactions to two other attempts resulted in her punching him out and leaving him for an elephant to [[ToiletHumour urinate on]], and persuading him to strip naked before locking him in a small room with only a lion for company.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: While Tommy and his friends are crack shots who can routinely score head-shots from dozens of feet away, the {{Mooks}} they end up fighting can barely manage to ''scratch'' them with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Frequently, Tommy and the boys merely stand behind some cover (like a wooden bar or church) and easily fend off dozens of men charging at them with guns blazing.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Tommy explains that this is why he trusts Superman.
* InsecureLoveInterest: Tommy ends his relationship with Tiegel once and for all by pretty much telling her outright that he's a scumbag, and if they stay together he'd just keep letting her down and screwing up. He's saying it because it's true, but he's ALSO saying it because he's about to take on a pretty good sized chunk of the CIA and doesn't want her around for it. Whether or not a reader thinks he would have said/done it if not for the whole CIA thing varies.
* [[KnightOfCerebus KnightsOfCerebus]]: The arc "Who Dares Wins" involves Tommy and Natt being doggedly hunted by a squad of SAS soldiers for a past Gulf Storm "friendly fire" incident. Multiple issues following dealt with both the character's horror at feeling completely outclassed by the soldiers and the blowback/collateral damage from the fight.
* LawmanGoneBad: Sheriff Halliday in ''Hitman Annual'' #1.
* AMacGuffinFullOfMoney: The story in ''Hitman Annual'' #1 was titled "A Coffin Full of Dollars".
* ManlyTears: Chock full o' moments. The SAS funeral, with the saddest toast in the world. "Bob was a good soldier." "I'm glad we never found out." And, of course, the ending. We are such little men.
* MergerOfSouls: One arc featured the Mawzir, a demonic minion created by merging the souls of several Nazi S.S. officers.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Hacken, Hacken, Hacken, Hacken.
* NaziGrandpa: Teigel's (paternal) grandfather is a German Second World War veteran who likes to encourage Teigel and her mother to join him in singing Nazi songs. It's worth mentioning at this point that [[RefugeInAudacity Teigel and her mother are black]].
* NiceHat Natt The Hat's hat. Over the course of the series it gets more and more damaged.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Parodied with Nightfist. A touch hypocritical, since Tommy himself can be seen as a less pretentious and more self-aware example of the breed. Still, Nightfist steals drugs from pushers and Tommy murders people for a living, is the point.
* NoIndoorVoice: "I AM BAYTOR!"
* OhCrap: Natt when he realises the SAS are after him and Tommy. Bear in mind these guys take on gangs, The Mob, supervillains and supernatural enemies on a fairly regular basis.
* OnlySaneMan: Friendly Fire is the only member of Section Eight who realizes how ridiculous they all are.
* ProfessionalKiller: Kind of goes without saying.
* PsychopathicManchild: Hacken is a type B. Big, strong, lethal, prone to rage fits but simple minded, clumsy, very loyal to his friends and very child like.
->'''Hacken:''' "KILL THE CHICKENS! AN' KILL THE CHICKENS! AN' KILL THE CHICKENS! AN' KILL THE CHICKENS! AN' KILL THE CHICKENS!
* RaisingTheSteaks: "Zombie Night at Gotham Aquarium".
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The zombies in "Zombie Night at the Gotham Aquarium."
* RightBehindMe: In JLA/Hitman, right when Batman starts ranting about how Tommy is scum and the lowest of the low, Superman walks in, shakes his hand, and greets him on a first-name basis.
* TheRival: Tommy and Ringo. Whether it's played straight or subverted depends how far along in the story you are, what the stakes are, and what day of the week it is.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Every time a villain is dumb enough to kill off a main character, Tommy goes on one of these. The one in the epilogue of "The Old Dog" is particularly brutal/epic/terrible/justified.
* SerialEscalation: How crazy can Tommy's adventures get?
* ShoutOut: Many. To Creator/SergioLeone's Film/DollarsTrilogy, Blade Runner, many.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Hacken is the only one of the core Noonan's crew to survive, although Baytor, [=McAllister=], and Tiegel also live. Six Pack is also strongly implied to still be alive.]]
* SuperheroPackingHeat
* SympathyForTheHero: Though Tommy's not villainous, he hates all superheroes... except Superman.
** He eventually warms up to GreenLantern, and seems to be a pretty big of WonderWoman when he meets her.
* TakeThat: You can copy and paste the examples from {{Preacher}} and place them here.
** There's a pretty specific one at the expense of obscure superhero Gunfire in the DC One Million issue.
* TitleDrop: The "For Tomorrow" arc has a piece of dialogue by Ringo stating that most Hitmen live ''...for tomorrow'', meaning they long for the day when they can quit the business. Most of them don't, however, and die horrible deaths.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: In one issue, a group time displaced T-Rex's are going around causing general havoc and destruction, and one of them eats Baytor...only to spit him back out a few moments later.
* TortureTechnician: The Waterman. And to make things worse he's a PsychoElectro as well.
** Johnny Navarone as well, though we don't see the actual torture, just the results.
* TouchedByVorlons: Tommy gets his powers by surviving an attack by an alien that sucked out his spinal fluid.
* TrueCompanions: Tommy and the rest of the regulars that hang out at Sean's pub.
* WhamEpisode: Hitman had been around a bit before getting his own series, and for the bulk of that time, his appearances were played as BlackComedy. Then came the story's second arc, which looks to be playing TonightSomeoneDies and BlackDudeDiesFirst for all they're worth, with Tommy's best friend he's never mentioned before showing up just in time for a new killer to target Tommy. For three issues, it's played for laughs still, right down to a gratuitous attack of ninja. Then Nat goes to the bathroom... [[spoiler: and finds Tommy's best friend, Pat, in the tub, mutilated and bleeding out. It's implied that while Tommy and Nat were engaged in BloodyHilarious fun these past few issues, the BigBad was working over Pat the whole time. Tommy tearfully gives a MercyKill.]] The series still has funny moments, but this sets up that AnyoneCanDie.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Hacken, in "Zombie Night at Gotham Aquarium," thinks he's in a traditional zombie movie, not a DCUniverse "WeirdScience run amok" story. It's a subtle distinction, but a costly one for Hacken.
* YourVampiresSuck: Tommy shoots a vampire. It laughs, and heals. He shoots it a whole lot more. It can't heal fast enough to dodge the sunrise.
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