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On the Road to Perdition VOL 02: Sanctuary Paperback – Dec 1 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1 edition (Dec 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401201733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401201739
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 122 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,671,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

The premise of this period crime drama derives from the Japanese manga hit Lone Wolf & Cub. The wandering Samurai of that series who travels with his young son here is depicted as Michael O'Sullivan, a Capone-era enforcer with a conscience. The Irish Catholic O'Sullivan is on the run from other gangs with his son Michael, who witnessed one of O'Sullivan's killings for the Irish Mafia's Looney gang. It's just the two of them, as O'Sullivan's wife and younger son have been killed. The story picks up after O'Sullivan has a falling-out with his mob boss. Father and son weave around the Midwest, waiting until it's safe to deposit Michael with relatives in Perdition, Kans. In the meantime, O'Sullivan sets about robbing the banks that are storing Al Capone's money and killing off local kingpins, giving Capone an incentive to reconsider his position of protecting Looney's bloodthirsty son, Conner. This book fleshes out the O'Sullivans' cross-country adventures (which were briefly shown in the film Road to Perdition), while exploring the nature of the father and son relationship. While Collins's adventure spinoff doesn't add significant plot to the story, the flashbacks, vignettes and gunfights give fans of period comics and gangster fiction more of what they crave: a rampage of shootouts and heists replete with Tommy guns and fedoras. Whereas the artwork is typical of classical American illustration, the format is more akin to that of successful manga paperbacks: fewer, smaller panels per page, rendered in stark b&w. Lieber's art delivers an effective pastiche of pulp illustrations of the period.
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From Booklist

The hit movie The Road to Perdition was adapted from a 1998 graphic novel by Collins, author of the Nate Heller mysteries, who now reprises Road's characters in shorter comics-format stories (graphic novellas?). The new stories come from the period after the murder of hitman Michael O'Sullivan's wife and younger son, when the "Angel of Death" and his older boy, narrator of the film and these stories, take to the road, committing bank robberies to strike back at the Capone gang, who had stashed money in out-of-the-way small-town banks. Capone's right-hand man, Frank Nitti, hires bounty hunters to track down and eliminate the O'Sullivans, who are hiding out with a farm family while Michael Jr. recovers from scarlet fever. Artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, working here with Josef Rubinstein, is best known for larger-than-life superheroes but does credibly by this more down-to-earth material, though a touch of the movie's noirish mood and overblown grandeur might have enhanced it. Fans of the movie or its graphic-novel source should enjoy seeing more of the O'Sullivans. Gordon Flagg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
If your a fan of the filmed adaptation of Max Allan Collins' "Road To Perdition" but haven't read the graphic novel upon which the movie is based, I suggest you pick up a copy today. The story is masterfully told by Collins and features gritty, brutally realistic artwork by the great Richard Piers Rayner that effectively captures the essence of the 1930's. "On The Road To Perdition: Oasis" is the first of three new graphic novellas written by Collins that are intended to serve as a continuation of his original story and also written presumably to cash in on the popularity of the movie adaptation. Rather than serve as sequels to the story presented in both the original graphic novel and the film, the new "On The Road To Perdition" series instead features three untold tales of adventures that Michael O'Sullivan and his son had as they made their treacherous journey to Perdition, Kansas. For fans of the original, "Oasis" is a somewhat interesting affair but pales in comparison to the original story. Collins seems to be on autopilot with this one, scripting a story that feels rushed. Fans of the original graphic novel will also be disappointed to learn that Richard Piers Rayner does not return to do the artwork for this story and his presence is sorely missed. On the upside, Collins introduces three new endearing characters not previously seen in the original story and the relationship between Michael and his son is explored further with results that are quite touching. The subplot involving the three bounty hunters feels a tad redundant if your familiar with Jude Law's character in the movie (who does not appear in the original graphic novel) but it does add an interesting element to the story. All in all, this is one is for diehard fans of the original graphic novel only. It's far from terrible, but Collins should have left well enough alone.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fefe678) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0xa00024d4) out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting but unnessecary May 5 2003
By joshua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If your a fan of the filmed adaptation of Max Allan Collins' "Road To Perdition" but haven't read the graphic novel upon which the movie is based, I suggest you pick up a copy today. The story is masterfully told by Collins and features gritty, brutally realistic artwork by the great Richard Piers Rayner that effectively captures the essence of the 1930's. "On The Road To Perdition: Oasis" is the first of three new graphic novellas written by Collins that are intended to serve as a continuation of his original story and also written presumably to cash in on the popularity of the movie adaptation. Rather than serve as sequels to the story presented in both the original graphic novel and the film, the new "On The Road To Perdition" series instead features three untold tales of adventures that Michael O'Sullivan and his son had as they made their treacherous journey to Perdition, Kansas. For fans of the original, "Oasis" is a somewhat interesting affair but pales in comparison to the original story. Collins seems to be on autopilot with this one, scripting a story that feels rushed. Fans of the original graphic novel will also be disappointed to learn that Richard Piers Rayner does not return to do the artwork for this story and his presence is sorely missed. On the upside, Collins introduces three new endearing characters not previously seen in the original story and the relationship between Michael and his son is explored further with results that are quite touching. The subplot involving the three bounty hunters feels a tad redundant if your familiar with Jude Law's character in the movie (who does not appear in the original graphic novel) but it does add an interesting element to the story. All in all, this is one is for diehard fans of the original graphic novel only. It's far from terrible, but Collins should have left well enough alone.
HASH(0x9ff0bbc4) out of 5 stars A great Graphic novel March 5 2013
By MYRON MN - Published on Amazon.com
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If you liked the movie, enrich the story. by enjoying this fun format...almost as good as a film in your hands
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HASH(0x9fe2db94) out of 5 stars Graphic SF Reader Sept. 3 2007
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Format: Paperback
Michael Sullivan is a gangster that they call the Angel of Death. Having crossed Al Capone and Frank Nitti, he is on the run, taking with him his son Michael.

Having escaped capture so far, Nitti hires two bounty hunters to do the job. They track the two Michaels down, but two past relationships influence the outcomes.


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