GRAPHIC NOVEL
Road to Perdition
Book 2 - On the Road

Author: Max Allan Collins
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 023 9
Available 23 May 2005


On their relentless journey of revenge, Michael O'Sullivan and his young son strike back at the Capone mob, unaware they are on a collision course with the Two Jacks - the deadliest bounty hunters of Depression-Era America. Along the way, the Angel of Death must single handedly storm a Kansas City police station, turn a country church into a fortress, and risk the life of a long-ago love to save his boy from death...

Set in between the events chronicled in the original New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Road to Perdition 2: On the Road further explores the complex Chicago gang lord Frank Nitti while at the same time delving into Michael O'Sullivan's past.

This graphic novel was previously released in three parts by Titan Books. When I reviewed them originally, I moaned that they were a little over priced and that I'd love to see a single release that collected all three parts under one cover. Thankfully that has now happened and all three parts are available under one cover for less than £10 (buying the previous versions would have set you back just under £20).

This release charts the untold passage of time that the movie was unable to account for and it does a fantastic job of giving more depth to the events in the film. The artwork is great, with a 1920/30s style to it. Also there a some neat stylistic choices too. For example, whenever the world of the mob encroaches on Michael Junior, the artist uses a lot of black that engulfs the character to suggest the unease that he feels.

A fantastic collection.

Ray Thompson

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