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On the Road to Perdition

2 Ratings: 4.5
A three-part limited comic series expanding on the original graphic novel "Road to Perdition".

This compelling three-part graphic novella series build on the successful 1930s-era Road to Perdition graphic novel and film. Together, they chronicle a six-month period unexplored in the original story. Once again, the protagonist is Michael O'Sullivan, … see full wiki

Author: Max Allan Collins
Genre: Crime Drama, Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: DC Comics
Date Published: 2003-2004
1 review about On the Road to Perdition

Superb graphic novel with enough historical accuracy to make it a slightly plausible scenario

  • Dec 1, 2010
The history of the crime gangs during prohibition have been the material used for many movies, magazine articles, television shows and books. In this case that same material is used to describe the actions of a father and son team that operate slightly on the good side of the crime fence. Told in comic form, the story is a gripping one with just enough historical truth to make it at least slightly plausible.
Michael O'Sullivan was a lieutenant in the ruling machine of Kansas City headed by Boss Pendergast when there was a hit by crazy man Connor Looney against his family. Looney had intended to kill Michael but he killed his wife and oldest son instead. Looney is the only son of another crime boss so he is under powerful protection against retribution, even though he violated the "avoid the family" taboo.
This event causes O'Sullivan to take his remaining son and embark on a path that earns him the nickname "The Angel of Death." O'Sullivan engages in a running battle with the Chicago and Kansas City mobs, with some bounty hunters included. It is a world of shifting loyalties and an unusual code of honor between men that kill as part of their business plan.
The story is very engaging as you follow O'Sullivan in his quest for vengeance and justice, he is basically an honorable man enmeshed in a ruthless and brutal situation. This is listed as the third book of three and I am now on a hunt for the other two.

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