Road to Perdition: On the Road Paperback – Nov 15 2011
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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.
This book is a collection of three smaller 100 page books that take place at random spots in the timeline established in the Road to Perdition original book. It's more support of the core story than moving the story along.
This book is interesting if you like the Road to Perdition storyline, but some of the writing gets a bit cheesy, especially in the last book.
All around, a fun read.
I enjoyed this one more than I did the first, though both are very good. In the beginning of this book, the author explains (on top of the fact that he liked the movie's interpretation of Mr. Looney/Rooney better than his, which I agree with) that he had intended to include all of this in one book, but was basically rushed to finish and couldn't include everything. And in this book's style of fuller story-telling, occasional humor, and better drawing to distinguish one character from another, I think it shows that he (and the artists) had more time.
I'm excited to read the rest of this series. The first two were both quick, enjoyable reads, and I just love the fact that one of my favorite movies was based on such a good book series. It isn't often you find both done right.
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.
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.
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.