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Set in a Crapsack World of Depressed Animals where murder is legal, this short 2007 comic book by Jason follows the life of two unnamed characters: a Professional Killer and his girlfriend. After dumping her, the hero is visited by an old man who hires him for an unusual job: to go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler. It doesn't go as planned: a guard interferes, and the Fuhrer hijacks the time machine, leaving him to go back to his time using The Slow Path. Now, as an old man, he goes back to his former girlfriend to ask her for help in dealing with the mess he's made.


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This comic book provides examples of:

  • Assassin Outclassin': Happens when an assassin comes after the hero.
  • Crapsack World: The story takes place in a bleak world where murder is legal, and nobody minds.
  • Deadly Euphemism: A former client refers to a past job where the hero k... took care of his wife.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Hitler does disappear in 1938, and WWII doesn't happen, but the world is exactly the same as it was. We don't know the details.
  • Hitman with a Heart: The hero.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: When the heroine dates a guy, the hero follows him and pulls out his gun, but changes his mind.
  • Nameless Narrative: Almost. Hitler is known by his name, and there is a name given for the heroine's date, but most of the characters, including the main ones, stay nameless.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: The hero has a dream where he's naked. In front of Hitler.
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  • Petting Zoo People: The characters are drawn as humanoids with animal heads.
  • Pocket Protector: Hitler is saved by the copy of Mein Kampf in his pocket.
  • Professional Killer: The main character, as well as several of his colleagues.
  • Red Herring:
    • Main characters stalk the historian, expecting Hitler to visit him. He doesn't.
    • Also Hitler himself, while being the story's focus, is strangely irrelevant to the events: his disappearance from the past doesn't change the world, and he does absolutely nothing in the future.
  • Temporal Mutability: Very low. Changing the past doesn't seem to affect present at all. Lampshaded by the heroine: "Hitler disappeared in 1938. There was no World War II. Shouldn't the world have become better?"
  • The Slow Path:
    • After Hitler hijacks his time machine, this is how the hero returns to present.
    • The heroine does it too, but differently: she changes the present by waiting for 50 years while the time machine is charging, then going back.
  • Time Machine: Built by the man who hires the hero to kill Hitler. Takes 50 years to recharge.
  • Time Travel Romance: The main characters end up together, though both of them have become old.
  • Woman Scorned: In the end, the heroine reveals that it was her who hired the assassin to kill the hero after he dumped her.
  • World of Funny Animals: Though animals are rather depressing than funny.

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