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Road to Perdition: The Shooting Script [Hardcover]

David Self
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Jan 2002
The best-selling graphic novel and inspiration for 2002's hit film The Road to Perdition introduced the world to hitman Michael O'Sullivan (played by Tom Hanks). O'Sullivan and his son are still on the run from Al Capone after Michael Jr. witnessed a mob murder. Michael and his son seek vengeance for the death of Michael's wife and younger son by robbing banks along the way and disrupting Capone's cashflow. However, they are still being pursued by dangerous bounty hunters, and their paths are destined to cross again in a hail of gunfire! Written by award-winning writer Max Allan Collins (Batman: Child of Dreams) and featuring a new cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez -- this collects the entire saga.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Newmarket Pr (Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557045089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557045089
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,814,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...beautifully rendered characterisation...You can just see what got Sam Mendes so excited... -- BookMunch 31st July 2002

...the story...stands proudly as a rip-roaring melodrama thats filled to the brim with fascinating incidents. -- Aint it Cool News 23 July 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of a place in any reader's collection 21 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
Now that Max Collins' original graphic novel has been transformed into Sam Mendes' oscar-favourite movie, one would assume that many of those who appreciated the film might look into its origins and take a gander at this, the story's first birth. Drawn by Richard Piers Rayner, whose devotion to authentic 1930s detail meant it took four years to draw, the novel, like its film counterpart, tells the story of Michael 'O''Sullivan, a hitman living in the Tri-Cities, whose wife and younger son are murdered by his employer's unstable offspring, Connor. Mike and his elder son Michael Jr. go on the run, trying to reach Perdition, Kansas, while the safety of Michael Jr. becomes more and more arduous.
While most of the elements seen in the film are intact, with Tom Hanks deftly (and somewhat surprisingly) carrying the role of the mass-murdering anti-hero, there are key differences. Max Collins based much of his story on actual events in the 1930 Midwest. However, the film removes Elliot Ness, one of O'Sullivan's few allies (who seems pretty handy with a tommy-gun), but adds Jude Law's character Maguire, the rival hitman-cum-journalist.
Max Allan Collins really does tug at the heart-strings in this novel, and the tragic death of Peter, drawn so adoringly by Rayner, is reminiscent of many of the bitter-sweet moments in 'Jimmy Corrigan', while the ensuing butchering of a group of ex-employer John Looney's cronies with a certain sharp, silent object is morbidly satisfying. The father-son story bares comparison to Japan's 'Lone Wolf and Cub' series, as do the two books' beautiful black and white art. 'Road to Perdition' stands on its own two, very American feet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looney or Rooney? Or Wolf and Cub? 4 Jun 2014
By D. Ray
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I cannot really remember the film but I'm sure there are quite a few differences to this graphic novel.
Apparently the fantastic artwork took 4 years to draw. I can see why. Not sure if an updated, colour version would work but I'd like to see it tried.
Great story. This was based on the manga story Lone Wolf and Cub, I believe. I've got the follow up RTP 2 and Return to Perdition (there are 3 in total, one set in the 70's). Looking forward to reading them.
Paradox press do a 2 volume pocket sized book called The Project about poverty, gangs and drugs. Reading that at the moment. It's very reminiscent of The Wire and The Corner by David Simon. Worth a look.
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By jewels
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My son had to read this and was not looking forward to it. However he was very chuffed when it arrived and he discovered that it was written in cartoon form. Just like an old fashioned manga book. Speech bubbles and everything. He read it in two days over the summer holidays and couldn't have been happier. This book was not new but was still in good nick and for a compulsory school book who's complaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Road to Revenge 5 April 2002
By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This grim graphic novel might better have been titled, "The Road to Revenge." Set during the Great Depression, the story is of a mobster hitman and his son. Michael O'Sullivan is known as "The Angel of Death" in mob circles for his unflinching gaze and unblemished record as a loyal soldier for the Looney Gang, allies of Al Capone. O'Sullivan lives with his wife and two young sons in the "Tri-Cities" area on the Illinois/Iowa border (Rock Island, Moline, and Davenport). One day, one of his sons-who narrates the story as a flashback-sneaks into his father's car and witnesses a hit he performs. The boys knows killing is a sin and wrong, but his father rationalizes it by explaining that a father's duty is to provide for his family, and being a loyal soldier/killer is all he knows how to do. It's the kind of lip-service to honor and duty that suffices as rationalization in the world of comics and Hong Kong action films, but can't really be held up to the light. In any event, the boy's loss of innocence coincides with his father's betrayal by his employers. Set up to be killed, he escapes, only to discover his wife and other son dead. The father and son duo hit the road and wreak havoc and the father seeks to avenge his dead family. There's plenty of action and gun-in-both-hand shoot-outs worthy of John Woo, as "The Angel of Death" tries to force the Capone Gang to give up the Looneys. Collins' story and Richard Rayner's meticulous art takes the reader deep into the rackets and slimy lawyers behind the Midwestern mob.
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