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What if everything in your life was out of your hands and those around you propelled your fate? Your girlfriend left you for your best friend; your boss gave your job to someone better. What if then, after all this, someone gave you back total control? What if he revealed you were the next in line to join a secret society of super-villains that controlled the entire planet? Mark Millar and J.G. Jones provide a look at one man who goes from being the world's biggest loser to the deadliest assassin alive.

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ISBN-13: 9781534309166
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Edition description: New Printing
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 449,479
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Wanted 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The comic is absolutely nothing like the book, and I was disappointed to see the movie only used the first issue of material, with everything else made up. The book centers around a group of supervillians who managed to kill every superhero on Earth back in a war during the 80s. The characters can basically kill and rape anyone they feel like, and the plot involves a civil war conspiracy amongst the factions of the supervillians. And while the illustration was fantastic, and many moments made me think 'Well that was pretty B.A.' (such as the Superman's cape reference), the entire novel felt like an angry kid just fitting in as many cuss words and cynically sadistic moments as he could. There really wasn't much substance to it, and the absolutely oversaturated amount of cynicism was so distracting it detracted from the positives of the novel. After a few days, it grew on me, having gone back to read it again, and I now that I can keep in mind all the distractions, it has become more enjoyable. But the shock-value Millar tries to use to be controversial falls flat, and he just comes off as an angry, juvenille writer who just puts in as much mean material as he can because, well, he can. I would reccommend far more highly his comic book series 'Kick-Ass', which is a more clever premise, and lacks the sadism in Wanted, so the clever plot and characters are more fleshed out.
Its-a-me-a-CLASSIFIED More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely awesome! It makes me wish there was a novelization!
FlyinMonki More than 1 year ago
Have you seen the movies 'Wanted' or Office Space or Fight Club? Have you never fired a gun? Do you think your life could be better or maybe wonder what exactly hasn't happened yet? Do you like graphic novels? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions the 'Wanted' is the book for you! In less than an hour (or so), you'll feel amazed at the fact you feel incredibly better and ready to take on the world! (I stole part of this from a self-help book review)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first found out about this comic after seeing the Super Bowl commercial for the film version. Having found out some extremely interesting plot details, I was dying to read it so I got a copy. As a comic book fan, it was well worth reading and I enjoyed it. However it clearly fell short of my high expectations for it. It could have aspired to Watchmen-esque greatness, but inadequate and sloppy execution of the plot bring it down. At certain points in the story, you find yourself thinking of ways it could have been improved. The twist at the end is not much of a twist and could've been left out. There are glaring inconsistencies. First Wesley's set to inherit $50M, then it's $10M at the end. It's a head-scratcher when his father is shown to have the ability to pass through walls. If the Professor is indeed a 9th level intellect, why didn't he create a personal force field device as he's invented just about everything else. As for Wesley's ill-defined powers, at first it seems his powers are fit to be that of no more than an assassin or bodyguard, but then he's shown to be the most powerful being in that universe who can wipe out a dozen or so supervillains surrounding him practically by himself. The protagonist in Rising Stars was also the most powerful being in his universe but only in terms of one-on-one combat. Wesley's feats defy a suspension of belief, even for a longtime comics reader. In the end you are left unsatisfied and somewhat puzzled, despite its overall high entertainment value. You just feel it could have been better.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wanted is definitely not for everyone. There's a ton of violence (murder, rape, and more murder), and all of the characters are amoral. But, really, what do you expect in a story about super villains?The story line was definitely different. It was both interesting and repulsive, but apparently the interesting side won because I finished this. And I will likely always remember it, too.The character of Wesley...well, I couldn't stop thinking that he looked like Eminem, which was rather amusing. Other than that, it was hard to feel much of anything for him except revulsion. The same goes for the other characters (except Doll-Master, whom I liked).
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to confess that I watched the movie before reading this book, as I am not normally a 'graphic novel' type of person. But this book was enjoyable, in a dark, violent way that was more satisfying than the film. The book avoided the quasi-spiritual claptrap of the 'Loom of Fate' that made the film into such a bore. A good quick read for when you're in the mood for something primal and dark. Don't expect heroes here.
providencia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why did the movie have to ruin this for everyone? This needs to be told AS IS. Yes, it's all F%$#*d up.It's like a long nasty ride on an elevated train. It may smell like a urinal but, if you take that train, you get there. And what a story you have after.
NoirSeanF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A power-fantasy for 20 somethings? The life of the over-accomodating "Wesley" is turned around when he discovers he has the ability to never miss any shot he takes no matter what. The story debases itself with senseless violence and ultimately degrades into a standard comic book story with a bit more violence and the likenesses of a few holywood actors. DC's "Villains United" is far more interesting.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
People say that, when it comes to this book, you fall into one of two categories: you either think it's brilliant and edgy, or you can't appreciate the dark, satirical humor and thus hate it. I announce a third category. I didn't like this book. Not because the dark content offended me. Puh-lease. I've read worse and giggled as I did. My problem with "Wanted" is how underwhelming I found the whole thing. Elementary plot... flat characters... not-so-clever social commentary... I was bored. Yeah, it's neat that a story focuses on the villains rather than the heroes -- but isn't that what every tired gangster flick does? There was nothing compelling here, nothing which made me want more of the story after turning the last page. A good story should continue on in readers' minds long after the author has put down his pen. Unfortunately, "Wanted" was easy to put away.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wesley Gibbs is one of life's loosers. Suffering from mulitple stress disorders, he has an abusive boss, a slutty girlfriend, and no way out. That is until he discovers that his father, absent since Wesley's birth, was actually a supervillian who has left Wes $50 million. The catch is, that Wesley must take up The Killer's identity, and live as a supervillian for 6 months. As Wesley agrees to the plan he is quickly stripped of empathy and learns to act without remorse or consequences. He also learns that the supervillians joined together more than 20 years ago to defeat the heroes of the world, then "re-wrote" reality to make the world forget their existence -- except for comic books, which no-one reads. Supervillians now keep to the shadows, quietly running the world, and splitting the loot. However, some villians are not content with the background, and stage a coup to reenter the limelight once more. This book is why the term "mature readers" was invented. It is graphic in every sense of the word. Rape, murder, torture, a character made entirely of excrement -- it's all here. This book is a challenging read. While I think I get what Millar was going for here, I'm not sure if it was entirely accomplished. In a world without heroes, there is no one to cheer for -- and exporing that world is an interesting, if uncomfortable, prospect. However, the never ending parade of atrocities on display here gets old quick, and since Wesley quickly looses any humanizing or likeable qualities, it's difficult to care what happens to him. This is true of all the characters and is the centrla problem with this title -- if your choice is between bad and even worse, who cares? Jones does an excellent job of illustrating this world, you can feel the dinginess of the "re-written" universe and the character designs are excellent.
eclbates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me by someone who was a big fan of it for whatever reason, and now I'm constantly trying to dodge questions from him about what I thought. I tried to like it, I really did. However, I found that I just did not enjoy reading this very much. The artwork was very nice (though the main character looks just like Eminem), but Millar's writing is simply lacking. There's not enough character development or story development to really justify the violence and crudeness that runs rampant: it's just violence for its own sake. This wouldn't inherently be a problem, except that Mr. Millar executes it so poorly. It feels more like the passive release of his repressed adolescent aggression than a coherent narrative. I'm not a fan. All the points it gets come from the artwork and definitely not from the writing.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an unrealistic and easy, if dark and violence, graphic novel. That's not to say I didn't like it -- because I did. I just happened to have the luxury of seeing the movie version first. Luckily for everyone involved, the movie version is unlike the graphic novel in all but name and characters (and even then it's not quite that similar). The plots are sort of vaguely similar at the beginning and parts of the ending, but otherwise, the graphic novel takes a much darker twist. Which is good, because if this had been the movie? I would have hated it. That being said, I quite liked the book. It's a dark tale, following the life of our anti-hero (or hero, depending on how you want to look at it), Wesley Gibson. The story is high on violence, the art is beautiful (if occasionally kind of gross) and while the writing isn't as eloquent as, say, something Neil Gaiman wrote, it doesn't matter. It was a highly enjoyable graphic novel, but not for people who are expecting it to be exactly like the movie.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I never heard of this but just the movie. This was interesting.
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DeadRaisin More than 1 year ago
Seriously one of the all time best graphic novels. There are some great scenes in the book where it shows dozens of poular villians from different companys all united. Pretty much an instant graphic novel classic.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I am going to do my best to separate my views of this and the movie because I saw the movie first. I have usually enjoyed Mark Millar's work and have wanted to read this for quite some time. After reading the book I felt that if I was 13 years old and had never read characters swearing before I would have thought this was the best thing ever written. Being an adult however I got almost no enjoyment out of this book. While some of the characters were interesting, the entire main plot point and characters were all deplorably unwatchable and I now see why the movie changed it so much. The background elements involving an old war between heroes and villains and parallel earths was something I would have liked to read about. Sadly, I got people complaining they're bored of murdering and raping people. This was the definition of gratuitous and Mark Millar is better than this. The art by J.G. Jones was really good despite some of the stiffness in certain panels.
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