Hitman, the story so far. With the power of X-Ray vision and telepathy, contract killer Tommy Monaghan rose to the top of his profession in Gotham City. Serious injuries in book 2 have limited the usefulness of his telepathy but he's still the number one, go to guy for weird hits. When he isn't out killing for money, he hangs out in a bar called Noonan's with fellow killers Natt the Hat (his best friend), Ringo Chen (who might just be better than him at killing) and Hacken (who is.. he's just Hacken) under the watchful eye of bar owner and father figure to Tommy, Sean Noonan. Tommy's adventures are set firmly in the mainstream DCU and he has already clashed with Batman and teamed up with Green Lantern. This book which is one arc, plus two one shots sees the return of Jason Blood and Etrigan the Demon and adds Catwoman into the mix as Tommy and friends take on a vengeful demonic being he defeated back in book one. Onwards!
THE ACE OF KILLERS - The story begins with a short scene of Catwoman stealing a rifle from a museum. Then we cut to Tommy and Natt stocking up on Ordinance at a dockside warehouse. Suddenly the demonic Mawzir from Book One attacks. Tommy and Natt manage to escape in their car while the Mawzir claims that "this city is mine." The Arkonne, the Lords Of The Gun in Hell are not impressed that Tommy escaped, but the Mawzir says he has rounded up some humans to help flush Tommy out.
|Mawzir is back, and he's pissed.|
She invites Tommy back to her place and they commiserate over drinks. Later she makes a drunken pass at Tommy, but he is a perfect gentleman and just tucks her up in bed. Then he meets with Natt, carrying a dead cat in a bag (it was dead when he found it, don't worry). When the Mawzir attacked he managed to get an image of Catwoman from it's mind and so using a dead cat and a floodlight he makes a "cat-signal" to attract her attention. Amazingly it works and Catwoman appears, Tommy tells her he saw her in the demons mind.
|The Cat Signal|
Tommy: "Uh-uh. Why would I bring you all the way up here if I wasn't one hundred percent serious?"
Catw:oman: "Because you might be some kind of degenerate, leering pervert."
Natt: "Turns out he is a degenerate, leering pervert..."
Tommy swears it's the truth and that he saw her with a gun. She then recalls a client who wanted her to steal a fancy gun called "The Ace OF Winchesters". When she realises she's been used by a demon, she decides to join forces with Tommy and Natt and take the Mawzir out. After Catwoman leaves, Tommy and Natt swoon over her, and Tommy grins and teases Natt about seeing her with his X-ray vision. Meanwhile Tiegel wakes up and dimly recalls the previous night which results in a big "NOOOOOOO!"
|Jason Blood, the charmer.|
Tiegel then turns up and wants to talk with Tommy, but before they can, the Mawzir attacks. Tommy, Natt, Blood, Catwoman and Tiegel all manage to get to the car and escpae, they hunker down in a nearby church where the Mawzir can't get them. Tommy hands out guns, Catwoman won;t kill though, but she will lay down suppressing fire against the Mawzir's human gang. Tommy then tells Blood they need Etrigan's help, like now.
|Tiegel, meet Catwoman|
Tommy: "C'mon, am I really such a bad guy?"
|Section 8, assemble!|
Tommy: "Just talking tactics Tiegel. Kind of an idea I got for later on. You ain't jealous are you?"
Tiegel: "You wish."
Tommy: "Yeah, I do."
Tommy: "Yeah I do wish. I figure at least one of us ought to be honest about the way we are feeling."
|Etrigan comes for the Arkonne|
Etrigan is feeling fiesty. Tommy says he can't hurt him on consencrated ground. So Etrigan uses his fire breath to blow the church to smithereens and de-consencrates it. Tommy though has hold of Etrigan's heart that Blood was carrying with him. Tommy offers the heart for the rifle, but Etrigan will only accept if he is given the heart first. Suspecting he'll be double-crossed Tommy says no. The Mawzir then realises the church can no longer stop him and he and his bodyguards launch an attack. Our anti-heroes hide out in the cellar. Tommy reads Etrigans mind and Etrigan tells him he is stalling the Mawzir oh and can he have his heart please? Then he kicks Tommy out of his head, the feedback knocks Tommy out.
|The gun for your heart Etrigan...|
|Even demons cannot resist the power of boobs.|
Sean: "But he's weird. What are the customers gonna think?"
Tommy: "Come on. A giant space monster ate the sun last year. People get used to stuff."
|The inevitable happens...|
KISS ME - The last two chapters are two one-shots. This first one is drawn by Steve Pugh and sees Tommy and Tiegel take their relationship to the next level as well as kicking off some trouble that'll come back to bite Tommy in the next book. After an evening hanging out at Noonan's, Tommy heads to Tiegels, who is inside wearing a sexy red dress. Then she starts to panic and takes the dress off, changing back into a T-shirt and jeans. Then she starts practicing how to tell Tommy she is a virgin when he opens the door and startles her, causing her to blurt out:
Tiegel: "Ah! Monaghan! I've never made sex before!."
After recovering from her humiliation, she confesses that she is attracted to Tommy because he is the first man to treat her as an equal, as a human being. They kiss, then we next see them in bed, post coitally smoking a cigarette each. She says she enjoyed it, but it feels a bit weird as well. She's having a hard time still reconciling Tommy the nice guy with Tommy the killer.
Tiegel: "And you want to be with me, even if I feel like this about you?"
Tommy: "I wanna be with you because we're great together Tiegel."
Suddenly Tiegels Mum and Grandad return home unexpectedly and in a panic Tiegel pushes Tommy out onto the balcony where he scrables to put his clothes on. Then the balcony gives way and he crashes through the roof of a building across the street and into the middle of a drug deal between Lefty Lugano an Z-Dogz. The guns come out and the misunderstanding results in everyone but Tommy ending up dead. Then Tiegel calls down to Tommy and makes another date with him, leaving him punching the air with joy.
THE SANTA CONTRACT - This is a Christmas issue whose main gimmick is that the narration is all in rhyme. A disgruntled, Christmas hating nuclear power plant worker called Bob Smurd accidentally falls into some nuclear fuel and rises again as a mutant who can burn people to death with his touch. So he puts on a Santa outfit and goes to declare war on Christmas. The power plant owners decide to hire Tommy and Natt to deal with him, which is fortuitous for them as they are both currently broke. They get tooled up which results in this fantastic bit of rhyme:
|Bob Smurd reborn.|
They find him causing mayhem at the shopping mall and take him out using first their car then their guns. Later they return for drinks at Noonan's celebrating being able to buy Christmas gifts and reflecting on the crazy year they have had. Natt leaves Tommy with a present, which Tommy unwraps and when he sees its a kids cop playset he goes chasing after Natt while Sean laughs his head off. And that's the end of Hitman Book Four.
|Even Hitmen celebrate Christmas|