just another quiet day in small-town USA, until a couple of
wanted killers walk into Tom McKenna's diner looking for trouble.
When Tom gives them more than they bargained for, he and his
family are thrust into the kind of white-hot media spotlight
that attracts a lot of attention - and questions about Tom's
past. Is he really an easygoing small town guy, or is there
History of Violence
is a little like Max Allan Collins's Road
to Perdition. No, wait. Don't go rushing to
fire off an e-mail asking me what I'm waffling on about. Stick
with me while I explain.
both collections are in black and white. Then there is the
fact that both deal with someone who (in this case it may
be mistaken identity though) was once involved with the Mob,
stole from them and is now living as a fugitive from them.
of the appeal of this collection is the fact that you spend
most of the time uncertain what Tom is accused of doing that
was so terrible, and whether it is a case of mistaken identity
the end of the day, this is a story that actually grabs you
and thrusts you into the action. You do actually come away
caring about these characters. Being able to relate to comic
book characters is all too rare these days (mainly as the
majority are superheroes). A History of Violence tells
a tale that could easily happen to anyone you know, and that
is part of it's charm.
worth spending the ridiculously low price of £7 on.
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