Eduardo Risso Illustrates New Crime Novella ‘Hole’ By Gerry Brown

by Olly MacNamee

100 Bullets Co-Creator and artist Eduardo Risso and writer Gerry Brown are collaborating on the new Illustrated crime novella Hole from NeoText.

“It was the perfect shakedown. Moundsville State Prison was rotten to the core. The guards were almost as crooked as the cons. Gangs ruled the jail, and Davie Ingram ruled the gangs. The way it worked was Davie and his boys would isolate an inmate with no one to back him up. Hurt him, hurt him bad, on camera. Then send the video to the inmate’s loved ones. They wouldn’t ask for much. Five, maybe ten thousand. The first time. Because if you didn’t want your son, your nephew, your brother to play punching bag for the meanest motherfuckers in Moundsville, you had to pay again and again and again.

But this time Davie’s crew picked the wrong man to shake down. He’s a man who won’t take kindly to seeing a video of his brother being stomped by half a dozen vicious goons. A man who’s a professional in the art of making people pay. Not with money, but with blood. A man named… HOLE.”

Obviously being a novella we haven’t got too much art to share with you, but we do have this statement from Brown, who discusses Hole below:

“HOLE’s a hard story about hard people in hard times. It’s got its roots in a real world prison shakedown that really pissed me off. I couldn’t do anything about it, so I decided to right some wrongs in fiction. My first choice for an artist was Eduardo Risso, whose shit I’ve loved forever, and I was blown away at the care, imagination, and fidelity expressed in his pen.”

As for Risso’s involvement? The artist sums it up:

“Making comics is my passion, to the point that many times I refuse to do book cover illustrations. HOLE meant a new challenge and I love challenges, especially when working with total freedom.”

Hole will be published on Monday September 28th by NeoText.

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