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.