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Road to Perdition: On the Road [Paperback]

Max Allan Collins

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Nov. 15 2011 Vertigo Crime
These thrilling tales are set during the six-month period in which Michael O’Sullivan and his son were on the run. In OASIS, Michael Jr. contracts a life-threatening illness, forcing him to hide out in an oasis of tranquility. The story continues in SANCTUARY, as the O’Sullivans seek a hiding place from the vicious bounty hunters on their trail. And in DETOUR, Michael O’Sullivan is headed for a showdown with the murderous kingpin’s heir whose history – and destiny – is completely entangled with his own!

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; New edition edition (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231903
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars more for lovers of the Movie or original Graphic Novel Nov. 17 2011
By Thomas Graziano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This graphic novel/ trade paperback is a "continuity insert" to the original "Road to Perdition" graphic novel. (It is NOT technically a sequel). It is a series of stories that have been inserted into that period, in the original, when Michael Sullivan is on the run, with his son, robbing banks thru out the midwest to steal Capone/ Looney mob money (to force the mob to turn over to him Conner Looney, the killer of his wife and other son).

Lovers of the original story will love these additional escapades by the father/ son duo. The author fits these stories in seemlessly to the original narrative. The movie is one of my favorite ones that I watch every 4 to 8 months. After repeated viewings one eventually reaches the point where every nuance is gleened. So, it is very satisfying to have this additional work by the original author, to add to an already enjoyable experience.

The story is 300 pages (great-enough to satisfy) divided into 3 sections, or story arcs. The art is great, just like in the original graphic novel, with much attention to authentic period detail. There are art deco antiques and scenes on almost every page. I liked the references to research in obscure period pulps to explain how the story is even being told. More of this type work should be done by the artists, and Vertigo Press, in general.

One caveat is that one MUST be familiar with the original graphic novel, and also, the movie, to understand this story. Note--there are subtle differences between the movie and orignal graphic novel, also, but both are outstanding pieces of work. This story is a continuation of the graphic novel, not the movie.

I just finished the story and feel great about it. I originally was going to give it only 4 stars, as it clearly is not the same scope as the original. But I figured, what the heck, it succeeds at what it is trying to do, so I changed it to 5 stars. It's a great supplement to the original, but only a supplement.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy successor to the original May 9 2013
By Thomas C. Maszerowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
More adventures of the father and son duo as they make their way across the Midwest. Very much in the vein of the original.
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying? Well... that depends Jan. 29 2012
By Landon Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I first read The Road to Perdition years ago, I liked it, but didn't go out of my way to share it with other graphic novel readers. The movie was in some ways better than the book. It stayed quite faithful to the original content and benefited from some outstanding actors in the lead roles in Hanks and Newman. I am an avid reader and this is one of those rare times when I'd rather see the movie than reread the book.

However, if you're someone who loved the original graphic novel and simply want to squeeze every ounce of experience related to it in some way, then maybe this book is for you. You're essentially getting the extended version of Michael's journey from the Looneys to Perdition. Ideally, Collins would have reissued The Road to Perdition with the content from RTP2 worked in. Instead, this book smacks of trying to squeeze a few more dollars out of a hit and why I set my review to two stars.

Problems:

1. The first 12 or more pages are a recap of what came from RTP1, necessary for someone reading out of order, but worthless to those who haven't -the vast majority one assumes.
2. Some of the writing just doesn't work. It's almost comical when a shootout during one of Michael's many bank raids ends with the bank manager saying, "You led them out of here, so that no one would be hurt...." Well, aside from having already seen this happen in the story panels, we don't need it explained to us so blatantly.
3. Another reviewer alluded to a brief run-in with a former romance being out of place while Michael and son are on the road. I agree. Aside from his youngest son, his family has been wiped away. It just seems wrong.
4. The BIGGEST problem, which I am at fault for ignoring, is that there's absolutely no way to believe either character is truly in danger. If you've read RTP1 then you know already they don't die along the way. Again, put these additional adventures into a bigger volume in the correct sequence and then it works better for a reader.

The Good:
1. More content added to the legend(?) of Michael and son.
2. More content added to the resurgent world of pulpy fiction; and that's never bad.
3. Loved the two Jacks -well actually, one of the two Jacks, Fallon. He's very well portrayed and delivers some of the best lines in the story. He's a character worth building a story around. I'll take the other Jack too, but it'd be no go without Fallon.

So, for what it's worth, buy this according to what you want out of it. Want more background and filler adventure? This is fine for that. Want a sense of danger for the main characters or unexpected twists? Forget it.

Wish I could have given more stars as I dislike disparaging the work of creators like authors and artists who put sooooo much of themselves into the work, but I just couldn't with this one.
2.0 out of 5 stars Road 2, the fork in the road Jan. 8 2012
By Lucas Kilzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Liked the first book a lot, but I think they based this one on the movie too much. Making the story more heroic. It didn't work for me. The angel of death should have stayed true to his calling and not get sidetracked. plus, bringing in an old romance, while he's on a vengence rampage for his murdered wife and son ? It just doesn't make sence. stick with the first book, and leave this one alone. It weakens the story on a whole.

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