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Torpedo Vol. 2 [Kindle Edition]

Enrique Sanchez Abuli , Jordi Bernet , Jimmy Palmiotti
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Book Description

Torpedo follows the story of a gangster whose life is traced from the innocence of childhood to amoral adulthood, and nearly every stop explored along the way. Abuli's distinctive narrative builds the story over time and Jordi Bernet's masterful renditions of the title character are stunningly cinematic - Torpedo is the Godfather of comics, in both subject matter and execution.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 70570 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (12 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,257,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Dark Humour 23 April 2011
This volume compiles a series of short stories centered around the tough as nails, chain smoking, hard drinking womaniser, Luca Torelli, a.k.a. Torpedo, a hit man for the Mafia in Depression era New York.

The stories are independent of each other and none of them are longer than 10 pages long. The drawings are fantastic in black and white, perfect to depict the tough world of the mafia underworld. The main character is tough and mean looking, the baddies are cartoonish and all women are sensual and voluptuous.

The main theme of Torpedo is humour, a very specific kind of dark humour around the mafia topics. However, I'd say that lots of them are based around puns on words that work fantastically well in the native Spanish, which is what this review is based on. If the editorial has done a half decent job on the translation front, then this is a collection very much worth exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two for two 26 Jan. 2011
By Clayton Hollifield - Published on
I'll admit, the short stories in this volume were getting a little repetitive. Not that they were bad (I still liked them, but after having read a full volume of them already, some themes were being repeated at times), but the full-length story that makes up the last third or so of the book is flat-out fantastic. It's pretty clear that Torpedo would rather just shoot someone instead of being inconvenienced, but the long story has Torpedo having to jump through many hoops to even try to get his revenge.

Just like the first volume, this one is illustrated by the same fantastic artist (Jordi Bernet) who does a great job with this period crime character. I could geek out on his brushwork, but instead will just mention that I'm not sure any cartoonist draws better looking women. I can't think of any other crime comics to compare this one to, but if you're looking for a more hard-boiled approach to Depression-era crime stories, you've hit the jackpot here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great book, format easily damaged 15 Jun. 2012
By Kees - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fantastic book. Don't get me wrong. Reviewing content alone I would rate this item at a 4 or 5 star. Unfortunately the actual book itself is quite easily damaged. IDW have printed a gorgeous looking book, but the corners of this hardcover bend and tear with slightest impact, the cover easily tears away exposing the hard card cover underneath. As Amazon aren't that careful with packaging their books, these volumes arrived to me looking far less than brand new. Great book, but don't buy them from Amazon - get em from somewhere that cares about packing their books well so that you receive them in good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS A MASTERPIECE!!!!!!! 5 Sept. 2010
By BOB2012 - Published on
I'm a huge fan of violent dark comics, even though I didn't buy it from this website, but hey screw it, this is best comic I've ever read. And thank god I bought it, I never really heard of it, but thank god I bought it!!! I wishing for a book with sex, violence, nudity, and language, and I found the right book, and it was hilarious too. I fell in love with the characters, it was a hell lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to volume 3. Last thing I gotta say is Torpedo is BAAAAADDASSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The french one's are better 3 Feb. 2011
By PacoA10 - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
OK, it might sound heretic or arrogant, but I have to say these disappointed me and did not live up to what I remember the French translation to be. Unfortunately, I do not have the option to read the Spanish originals.
The dialog in English do not ring true. There was better cynical humor in the French ones.
Now another thing, is that the French had colored the art making and in the process, they had refined the drawings as well. It sounds like a bad idea, but it seems to me that the artist that did that was better than the original and that gave the book a more polish look.
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